Zinasu chides State univesities over priorities

THE Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) has blasted authorities at State universities for funding President Robert Mugabe’s birthday bash at the expense of students’ welfare.

BY NUNURAI JENA

Zinasu spokesperson Zivanai Mhetu said he found it difficult to understand why universities offered their buses to transport delegates to Mugabe’s bash held in Masvingo on Saturday, but dragged their feet when students requested buses for educational trips.

“I find it disturbing that just yesterday (Friday) we were dealing with a Lupane State University issue where the school authorities were refusing students to enter the premises without paying full tuition fees, but the same students were bussed to Masvingo for Mugabe bash . . . it defies logic. Where are our priorities — education for the students or luxury things like celebrating a birthday?” Mhetu asked.

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Mhetu said in some instances students at the University of Zimbabwe ended up using public transport for educational trips after authorities refused to release the institution’s buses.

Sources at Chinhoyi Universty of Technology (CUT) said staff members filled most staff buses that were commandeered to Masvingo over the weekend.

“Everyone was interested in going to Masvingo not because of the food there, but of allowances from the university coffers which parents are forced to pay through their nose,” a source said.

Contacted for comment, CUT spokesperson Tapera Musekiwa said he was in Masvingo and requested for questions to be emailed to him, but had not responded at the time of going to print.

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