Solusi University suspended five student leaders for allegedly inciting students to demonstrate against the introduction of a $90 development levy. Students boycotted classes last week in protest against a decision to introduce a development levy.
Speaking to NewsDay, Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU) secretary-general, Godknows Mdhari said they had engaged lawyers to challenge their colleagues’ suspension. Said Mdhari:
We have since engaged our lawyers to assist the students on this case and before end of this week, consensus will have been reached. The university has so far been cooperating well in handling the matter and we expect normality to return at the institution very soon.
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Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) president, Alister Pfunye told NewsDay that they are also taking legal action against Solusi University. Said Pfunye:
We condemn the evil act by Solusi University in suspending the SRC president (Ashwell Zikhali) and his team, who stood up for the suffering students whose parents have to work extra hard to get $1 200 fees in this struggling economy, hence will be taking legal action to bring them back on campus. We will also sue dean of students in person for an illegal act with his administration in sending away the student who are defending academic freedoms.