Zimbabwe scholars eviction reversed, pastor freed

University of ZimbabweFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – COURTS have ordered the University of Zimbabwe to allow some 600 medical students to return to halls of residence and freed government critic, Pastor Evan Mawarire, arrested for showing solidarity with the evicted students.
High Court Judge Justice Nyaradzo Mungangati-Manongwa has granted an order sought by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) on behalf of the students.
They had filed an urgent chamber application seeking an order to overturn the university’s decision to evict them after they demonstrated against a fees hike. Fees have been doubled to $900 (R11 730) per semester.
The students, most of them impoverished, were left homeless and at the mercy of the winter chill. It also impacted on preparations for ongoing examinations.
Mungangati-Manongwa ruled in the students’ favour and found the university in breach of the constitutionally guaranteed right to demonstrate.
Meanwhile, Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, has ended the two-day detention of church leader and government critic, Mawarire and co-accused Ocean Chihota on bail.
Mawarire (aged 40) and Chihota (34) were arrested while the church leader addressed the striking UZ students.
Police charged them with “participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of peace and bigotry.”
They allegedly incited students to stage violent protests against university authorities.
Mugwagwa has remanded the accused on US$200 bail each.
The duo must surrender their passports and report weekly to a police station.
Mawarire is at the forefront of demonstrations against alleged maladministration by the government of President Robert Mugabe.
He faces the death penalty under stringent Zimbabwean laws after treason charges were freshly laid against him upon his return from exile overseas.
CAJ News

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