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Shutdown University of Zimbabwe Reopens

Police were called to restore order at the University of Zimbabwe after the vice chancellor and other staff members fled following student protests.

The University of Zimbabwe re-opened Wednesday just a day after vice chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura ordered the institution to shut down until March 24th following student riots and a strike by academic and non-academic workers.

Professor Nyagura issued a statement Wednesday following Tuesday’s disturbances saying “the urgent matters” that the university wanted to sort out had been resolved. This was in apparent reference to the striking workers’ February salaries.

The lecturers were also demanding the payment of their December bonuses. Some lecturers confirmed to Studio 7 that they have now received their salaries.

The university on Tuesday forced students to leave of halls of residence after closing down the institution, a move criticised by the Zimbabwe National Students Union as heartless.

Reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke with University of Zimbabwe second year student Harrison Saruchera, who said the situation was calm at the university on Wednesday without much activity.