Zimbabwe varsity evicts hundreds of striking students

University of ZimbabweFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – MORE than 600 medical students evicted from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) following demonstrations over fees hike are living in the open and at the mercy of severe cold weather.
This has prompted the intervention of human rights lawyers seeking an urgent order to overturn the university’s alleged arbitrary decision to evict the scholars from their halls of residence.
The volatile situation emanates from a protest by students over the recent doubling of fees to $900 (R11 730) per semester.
UZ effected the hike without consulting the students mostly from poor families.
University authorities harshly responded to the students’ protest by suppressing it. Non-protesting students were also affected.
Authorities issued a circular ordering all College of Health Sciences students to move out of the residence on and off campus with immediate effect, and by no later than Monday this week.
The students’ lawyers, Bellinda Chinowawa and Noble Chinhanu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, expressed shock and disappointment at the notice period to move out.
“It was unreasonably short, given how difficult it is to secure alternative accommodation.”
Lawyers argued the students’ matter was consequently of extreme urgency as final term examinations have commenced and students would be unable to read under such circumstances.
“This sudden requirement to secure alternative accommodation has created an unexpected hardship at a time students should be pouring all their energies into preparing for these examinations,” said the lawyers.
A student leader said the directive of the university authorities was “arbitrary, irrational and flew in the face of the new constitutional dispensation.”
Zimbabwean students are disillusioned at the prospects of joblessness upon completing their studies.
A recent survey indicated over 2 000 university graduates in the major cities of Bulawayo and the capital Harare were surviving on vending.
CAJ News

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