UZ taken to High Court by ZLHR over eviction of medical students for protesting

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court. They want the court to order the University to permit students from the College of Health Sciences to return and occupy their halls of residence. The medical students were evicted by the University of Zimbabwe authorities for protesting against an increase in fees on Monday.

The ZLHR is suing the University as the first respondent, Levi Nyagura, the vice chancellor is the second respondent while SM Chevo the university registrar is the third respondent. Clifford Charera is the applicant in this case. Bellinda Chinowawa and Noble Chinhanu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights argued that they were shocked and taken aback as the notice period to move out of the university halls of residence was unreasonably short, given how difficult it is to secure alternative accommodation.  The lawyers argued that the matter was one of extreme urgency as the student will be starting their final term examinations on Wednesday 27 June 2017 and they would be unable to read for them under such circumstances.

High Court judge  Justice Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa will hear the application by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights tomorrow, Wednesday, at 9:45am.

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