Students denied degrees for humiliating Mugabe

grad capsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE’s biggest tertiary institution is facing massive protests from students if it expels some scholars who staged a demonstration against President Robert Mugabe during a recent annual graduation ceremony.

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has resumed disciplinary proceedings against the students who, when Mugabe was about to cap some 3 000 students, disrupted him by waiving placards denouncing him and demanding jobs.

The students have been named as Tonderai Dombo, Hlalanilathi Khosa, Alexander Mukamba, Tinotenda Mhungu and Thembinkosi Rushwaya.

The university is reportedly holding on to some scholars’ degree certificates as penalty for humiliating the veteran leader who is the chancellor of key universities.

While the hearing by a UZ tribunal was deferred to next week for lack of witnesses, the Zimbabwe National Students Union threatened to bring the university to a standstill if the students were expelled as indications suggest.

Thousands of students graduate yearly in Zimbabwe but mostly struggle to secure employment in a country where an estimated 80 percent of the population is unemployed.
– CAJ News

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