The university’s property worth more than US$20 000 was burnt down as students were protesting the decision by the college authorities to bar those who had not paid fees from writing examinations.
More than 10 student leaders have already been arrested and are facing charges of malicious damage to property.
NUST Vice Chancellor, Lindela Ndlovu is reported to have been given 24-hour police protection following repeated threats by students over his decision to bar them from examinations. The University’s fees range from US$300 to US$700 per semester.
Jorum Chikwadze, a Students Representative Council (SRC), who escaped arrest accused the Vice Chancellor Ndlovu of dictatorial tendencies by not listening to students grievances.
“The problem with our vice chancellor is that he is very arrogant doesn’t want to listen to our grievances. Every time when we try to engage him he threatens us,” said Chikwadze.
When Radio VOP visited the college on Thursday morning, armed riot police were manning all gates to the University.
NUST public relations director Felix Moyo said the college authorities were shocked by the students’ behaviour and damage to property.
“We are really shocked by this incident and greatly dismayed by such an act .We has lost property worth thousands of US dollars,” said Moyo.
Bulawayo province police spokesperson Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed “that several students have been arrested and will appear in court to face charges of malicious damage to property”.