By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
Students at the Midlands State University (MSU) have bemoaned the deteriorating environment at the tertiary institution .
According to the Zinasu Midlands ,vice chairman , Liam Takura Kanhenga, the administration at the Midlands State University leaves a lot to be desired in regards to improvement of students welfare.
“At MSU we have had long standing problems of inequality , insecurity and inefficiency . This is reflected in the services or facilities we get from the institution,for example ,we have furniture shortage and also some of it is substandard,” bemoaned Kanhenga.
The Zinasu Midlands vice chairman said the rot at the institution has been exacerbated by lack of a legitimate Student Representative Council(SRC).
“All these problems amounts to lack of representation of the students and there is a deliberate ploy by the administration to foil the elections of a legitimate Students Representative Council,” added the Zinasu Midlands vice chairman.
Last year the MSU administration stalled the SRC elections citing alleged security breach.
The current interim SRC is believed to be enjoying privileges while being lame on representing students’ affairs.
“The interim SRC is being pampered with benefits like not paying fees and hence it is incapacitated to fight our cause,” said the student activist Liam Takura Kanhenga.
According to a student at the institution who requested anonymity there were allegations of soldiers beating up students at the campus which the administration have ignored.
“We have soldiers who roam the campus and sometimes have the audacity to enter halls of residence beating up students and the administration has been mum over the issue,” he said .
Meanwhile, the students petitioned the administration on Tuesday and the authorities at the institution have agreed to meet over the sticking issues on Monday but according to Zinasu they have not expressed interest in ensuring that an SRC election be conducted expeditiously.
Efforts to get a comment from the university’s authorities hit a snag.
The Zimbabwe National Students Union(Zinasu) is condemning the stifling of student activism on the background of the recent arrests of student leaders at at Lupane State University and Great Zimbabwe University (GZU).