Mugabe government probed for students’ violations

zim-fresh-protestFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – A MAGISTRATE’S court east of Zimbabwe has begun a trial of a government minister and the police commissioner for their  complicity in the unlawful of more than 100 students unlawfully arrested and detained in 2016.
Mutare magistrate, Innocent Bepura, is presiding over a probe of home affairs minister, Ignatius Chombo, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, and some police officers after a lawsuit filed by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights on behalf of Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu).
It follows the mass arrests in the city a year ago.
The Zinasu members together with other 100 student activists had convened a general council meeting in the Manicaland province to discuss thewelfare of impoverished students in tertiary institutions.
During the course of those discussions, members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) effected a dragnet arrest on the students.
They were not advised of the charges levelled against him.
Following the intervention of their lawyers, last year, Mutare Magistrate Poterai Gwezhira declared their arrest unlawful.
Each Zinasu member is demanding $5 000 (N66 000) as compensation for damages.
Lawyers for Human Rights said filing civil claims against Chombo, Chihuri and some ZRP members, would hold the government of President Robert Mugabe accountable for acts of impunity and ensure protection of the accused person’s rights.
Mugabe’s cash-strapped government has over the years experienced frosty relations with students at tertiary universities.
Government denounces the scholars as fronts for the opposition while the undergraduates accuse government of ignoring their plight and wrecking the country’s economy.
CAJ News

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