GZU Students Teargassed
by Takunda Mandura
Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Students Mashava campus students were teargassed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police today after demonstrating against poor services offered by the institution.
GZU public relations officer Mr Anderson Chipatiso has confirmed the demonstrations
“I can confirm our students are demonstrating at Mashava campus. We are assessing the situation. We are working on it and in the next few minutes there will be a resolution,” said Mr Chipatiso
Part of the statement which was circulating in various social media group which are administer by GZU students read
“Due to unaddressed student complains, all students should stay away from university facilities (Learning Centre, library, gbs, dining hall) as a sign of demonstrating against: Wi-Fi bus time table, clean water, fees increment poor dh food, poor furniture and boards and so forth.”
A student who spoke on anonymity acknowledged the heavy police presence who were armed with teargas canister and button stick
‘ZRP is here and they are using teargas to displace us as we speak, we are afraid they might come during the night to raid some of us,” confirmed the student.
Some students blocked the roads leading to the campus various lecture rooms,
They were unruly to an extent of vandalizing university property which include windows, furniture and also burnt the university flags.
Police armed with teargas canisters and button sticks had to intervene to disperse the highly-charged students.
Mashava resident have confirmed the use of teargas and button sticks on students
“Mapurisa ashandisa mateargas kubvisa vana vanga vachi-demonstrator pachemberi” (The police used teargas to disperse students who were demonstrating at Chemberi) said one resident identified as Tawanda.
The university authorities could not calm the situation after the students demanded negotiations with the University Vice Chancellor’s Professor Rungano Jonas Zvobgo whom they are accusing of misplacing priorities.
One placard read “Hatidi Durawall toda Wi-Fi (We do not need a Durawall, We need WiFi) read