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LATEST: Police break UZ student demo

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By Zimstar News Correspondent

Police have been called to disperse hordes of placard waving University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students who took into an early evening protest on campus Monday to register their disgruntlement against a recent fee increase by authorities at the higher learning institutions.

Led by Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) representatives, organisers of the protest went into hostels Monday evening mobilising fellow students to gather for the demonstration.

The demonstration which started around 7pm was dispersed almost an hour later by police.

It was not immediately clear if there were any arrests.

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UZ recently announced a new fee structure for the current semester.

In a statement dated 31st of March, UZ Acting Registrar Dr Munyaradzi Madambi announced the postponement of the registration window to the 30th of April because of the fee adjustments.

The registration window was initially set to close on the 1st of April.

“The new fees ordinance for the current semester has been gazetted, check the updated fees accounts on your e-mhare portals.

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“In view of the adjustments necessitated by the new fees ordinance, the fees payment deadline is now on the 30th of April,” wrote Madambi, while urging students to pay at least 60% of the newly gazetted fees to register.

“Those that are currently financially constrained and are yet to register can pay 60% of the gazetted fees and register and then clear their areas before the 30th of April,” he added.

Students were unhappy that the country’s premier learning institution has increased tuition fees twice this semester.

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