UZ reverses decision to close following Chiwenga’s comment on protests, urges students to observe ZDF directive

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has reversed the decision to closeearly and defer exams to next year in January following Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF)’s Commander Constantino Chiwenga’s comments on protests that were carried out by students on Monday.

Students said that they would not write exams until President Robert Mugabe and UZ Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura step down. However, without mentioning the name of the institution, Chiwenga said that students across the country are encouraged to be calm and to proceed with their educational programmes as scheduled. In the statement, UZ encourages students to observe Chiwenga’s directive and announces that exams have been rescheduled to Thursday 23 November. The statement released by UZ Registrar Dr N.A Mutongoreni reads:


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Consequent to the Statement by the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces yesterday, Monday 20 November 2017 during the 8pm prime news time, all students are being advised that examinations have been rescheduled to commence on Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 9am at the current planned venues.

We are urging all students to observe the directive by the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to be calm and to proceed with their educational programmes as scheduled. Students in residence should continue their stay on campus.

This statement replaces our statement released last night.

University of ZimbabweConstantino ChiwengaRobert Mugabe

The University of Zimbabwe is the oldest tertiary institution in Zimbabwe that offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in various disciplines such as agriculture and law. Read More About University of Zimbabwe

Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the second secretary of Zanu-PF political party and the former Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs. He is also the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and also the... Read More About Constantino Chiwenga

Robert Mugabe was a politician and the former President of Zimbabwe. He was the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe from 1987 to November 2017. Prior to this, he was the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence in 1980. Mugabe resigned from... Read More About Robert Mugabe

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