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Zimbabwe University Students Meet With PM Tsvangirai Over Alleged Crackdown


The ZINASU faction which backs the parliamentary-led constitutional revision process told the prime minister said that one student has been abducted, 51 have been arrested and 13 have been expelled since January

One formation of the divided Zimbabwe National Students Union met on Monday with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to seek his action on an alleged crackdown on students and high tuition fees.

The ZINASU faction which backs the parliamentary-led constitutional revision process - the other faction has allied itself with the National Constitutional Assembly which says the revision process should be led by civil society - told Tsvangirai said that one student has been abducted, 51 have been arrested and 13 have been expelled since January, student sources said.

Student leaders also alleged threats and harassment by university authorities and state agents following student protests over the level of tuition fees.

Meanwhile, student sources said security guards at the University of Zimbabwe detained ZINASU President Joshua Chinyere and union spokesman Wisdom Mgagara on Monday in connection with a March 29 protest over tuition fees. The two were released in time to attend the meeting with the prime minister.

ZINASU spokesman Mgagara told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that the Prime Minister promised to look into the alleged harassment by police and the affordability of tuition fees.

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