Zimbabwe National Students Association (ZINASU) have petitioned the Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi to release their jailed leader Takudzwa Ngadziore who has been in jail for the past 26 days after a Harare Magistrate remanded him in custody for addressing a press conference in front of Impala Car Rental, New Zimbabwe reports.
Speaking after delivering their petition to the government, the students told the publication that Ngadziore is a victim of Zanu PF thuggery:
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We have made it clear in our petition that Takudzwa Ngadziore is innocent and is a victim of Zanu PF thuggery. He is a victim of state thuggery.
As students, we have been persecuted by our own chancellor in the name of Emmerson Mnangagwa.
As we speak today, since the beginning of the year, more than 30 students have been arrested for one charge or another. All relating to demonstration which itself is a constitutional right.
The students also spoke about the events that occurred before the ZINASU leader Ngadziore was arrested in which he was severely assaulted by an unknown man allegedly in front of police officers before they arrested him and said:
The courts, as usual, chose to ignore the victimisation and torture of Takudzwa Ngadziore and chose to keep him under their custody.
This is the new norm in the Zimbabwean judiciary, as long as one speaks their mind out or express dissatisfaction in anything done by the government, they get abducted, tortured and unlawfully detained,
The judge who presided over Ngadziore’s bail hearing indefinitely reserved judgment on the case. The ZINASU leader was protesting the abduction of 22-year-old MSU student Tawanda Muchehiwa who was abducted using an Impala Car Rental Vehicle.
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