By Dylan Murambgi
Harare, October 13, 2016 – UNIVERSITY students under the banner of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) have demanded Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo’s immediate resignation for embezzling funds meant for Zimbabwe Development Fund (ZIMDEF) projects.
This they expressed during a demonstration at the Midlands State University (MSU) Zvishavane campus Thursday where they also made a few other demands from government.
The students threatened a national shutdown of all university campuses if government ignored their demands.
Zinasu secretary general, Makomborero Haruzivishe said about 200 students were barred by anti-riot police from handing a petition to the MSU authorities in which they stated their demands.
The petition was signed by more than 9 700 students.
“Zinasu organised demonstrations against fees hikes, late registration penalties and ZIMDEF corruption in the face of failure to register by at least 3 000 students.
“They (authorities) should address our demands or we are embarking on a national campus shutdown till our demands are addressed,” Haruvivishe said.
The students piled more pressure on Moyo who is in the middle of a corruption storm after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) accused him of conniving with his deputy, Godfrey Gandawa and his personal assistant, Frederick Mandizvidza to defraud the Zimbabwe Development Fund of more than $400 000.
Moyo was reportedly saved after President Mugabe blocked a team of Zacc commissioners and police officers who had gone to the Zanu PF headquarters intending to arrest him when he was attending a Politburo meeting.
Protesting students were also demanding that proposed fees hikes be halted and that penalties for late registration be scrapped.
This follows the announcement of a penalty of $2 per day from the 4th of October for late registration.
Meanwhile, Haruzivishe said one of the student leaders, Archibald Madida, was allegedly abducted by men in a Toyota Corolla Registration number ACN 5399 during Thursday’s student protests and had not been located by Thursday evening.
“The police ordered the students to disperse and they complied. They made arrests targeted at the leaders and organisers. We are only fearing for Archibald for no-one knows who took him, where he was taken and his current situation,” he said.
He condemned the arrests saying the students were demanding what rightfully belonged to them.