UZ Students Who Were Arrested Over #FeesMustFall Protest Released

Sixteen (16) University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students who were arrested on Monday in connection with demonstrations against tuition fee hikes have all been released.

UZ recently increased undergraduate fees to between ZWL$300 000 and ZWL$500 000, up from ZWL$50 000, while some Master’s degree programme tuition fees were increased to close to ZWL$1 million.

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) leader, Allan Chipoyi said the 16 students were all released. He said:

Since Monday, police have been looking for the organisers of the demonstration that happened and they arrested 16 students who have so far been freed.

Two of the students, Thelma Nzero (19) and Tinotenda Mwenje (21) appeared before Harare Magistrate, Taurai Manuwere and were remanded out of custody to 29 September.

The two, who were among 14 suspects that were detained at Avondale Police Station, were released on free bail Wednesday.

Their alleged accomplices were released on Tuesday after paying ZWL$2 000 admission of guilty fines at the police station for disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, police arrested five more UZ students on Wednesday as they continued their search for the organisers of the Monday protests at the Mt Pleasant Campus. | NewZimbabwe.com

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