16 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 - Issue 500

press release

The MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, Solomon Madzore was on Monday served with a letter telling him that he could no longer continue with his studies at the University of Zimbabwe.

Madzore was a student at the UZ studying for a degree in social work.

However, on Monday, he received a letter from the deputy registrar Anne Takawira informing him that the university had deregistered him. No reasons were cited. Sources at the UZ informed Madzore who was set to finish his final semester, that the decision to expel him was because he has a pending murder case at the High Court. Madzore is one of the 31 MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare in 2011.

Madzore has since engaged his lawyers to deal with the expulsion. He said he was shocked by the move by the UZ authorities to expel him as even convicted prisoners were undertaking further studies and this confirmed persecution at government institutions that are supposed to be instruments of democracy.

Meanwhile, the Zanu PF MP for Masvingo South, Walter Mzembi has ordered all workers at Renco Mine in the district to join Zanu PF or risk intimidation, political persecution and dismissal from work.

The MDC provincial spokesperson Hon. Harrison Mudzuri today said Mzembi and a few of his supporters were causing untold mayhem at the giant mine. He said reports showed that Mzembi and his supporters had told workers to denounce the MDC or risk being fired from the mine.

"We received detailed reports that Mzembi and his supporters were at Renco Mine last week where they castigated company management and ordered all workers to join Zanu PF," said Hon. Mudzuri.

"Mzembi also told the workers that all MDC supporters will be thrown out of the company since he wielded powers to do so. He has been wreaking havoc at the mine since last year.

We believe that everyone including mine workers has the right to vote for a party of his or her own choice. It is quite displeasing to note that a government minister and legislator could sink so low as to participate in cheap political activities," said Hon. Mudzuri.

Muzembi's actions are characteristic of the hooliganism that is associated with Zanu PF and should not be condoned. The bullying of hapless mine workers because of their political preferences is not only primitive but retrogressive in modern politics. Such behaviour will not distract the people's march to a democratic dispensation.

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