Zim Students Hospitalised After Brutal Police Assault

Anorld Batirai who sustained serious face and back injuries told Radio VOP on Thursday that he may have to travel to Harare to seek specialised treatment.

“We were severely beaten…the police details just came to us and accused us for moblising students to boycott lessons. We were taken to Rujeko police station where we were beaten by officers who released us without a charge.”

Some of the students who are in hospital are Joshua Chinyere, Godfrey Kurauone, Tobias Simango, Zivanai Munjodzi, Buta Makuvire, Tiringindi Prosper, Gamuchirai Makura , Tafadzwa Kutya and Batanai Chauke.

Police provincial spokesperson Tinaye Matake confirmed that Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) leaders were arrested for ‘trying to organise a strike’.

However, Matake said he was not aware that the students were in hospital.

“We can confirm that ZINASU leaders at GZU were arrested for trying to cause commotion at university campus this week. I am however, not aware that they were beaten,” said Matake.

Former students’ union leader at GZU Hardlife Janyure condenmned the beatings saying: “Surprisingly the police has decided to continue harassing already stressed students.”

GZU Vice Chancellor Professor Obert Maravanyika could not comment as he was not asnwering his mobile phone.