UZ Closed Amid Strikes, Demos

University of Zimbabwe students have demonstrated against the institution’s authorities claiming to have gone for two days without food, forcing the institution to close immediately.

The university lecturers and other workers are on strike including the catering staff who also joined the strike leaving the students starving.

Hundreds of frustrated UZ students have embarked on peaceful demonstrations demanding the kitchen staff to end their strike.

The kitchen staff joined the lecturers who went on strike since the university opened two weeks ago and there have not been any classes.
“We are not happy with the strike by the lecturers because it is compromising our education and it is happening when we have struggled to pay fees and also the issue of food and grants remain unresolved. We are saying the time is now for government to address these issues and take us seriously,” said one of the student leaders who spoke on condition of anonymity.

ZRP anti-riot squad reacted to the scene and could be seen milling around the campus ready to act in case of violence.The institution of higher learning is celebrating 60 years since its establishment. Last year it controversially awarded a doctorate degree to the first lady Grace Mugabe.

UZ lecturers joined their counterparts from Great Zimbabwe University, Midlands State University, National University of Science and Technology and Midlands State University counterparts in the industrial action.

The lecturers are citing irregularities in the awarding of retention allowances.Meanwhile, the UZ has closed academic lessons for one week to Tuesday next week, the 24th of March.

In a statement, UZ registrar Sergeant Chevo said students have since been ordered to vacate the university campus as the officials are addressing issues that require immediate attention.