Zimbabweâ€™s Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo on Friday threatened to withdraw degrees of students who demonstrated against President Robert Mugabe during a graduation ceremony at the University of Zimbabwe.
In a tweet, Moyo implied that any conduct deemed unruly by the state could lead to the withdrawal of oneâ€™s degree
Moyo was referring to former Zimbabwe National Studentsâ€™ Union (Zinasu) president Tonderai Domboâ€™s unprecedented protest in which he stood on his chair and waved a placard in Mugabeâ€™s face demanding jobs. Mugabe, who is the institutionâ€™s chancellor, was getting ready to cap over 3 000 students. NewsDay reports
The three were charged with public nuisance and fined $10 each and subsequently released.
Speaking to NewsDay, Dombo said that they had spent the night at Harare Central Police Station and the three of themÂ along with Alexander Mukamba and Rushwaya were asked to pay a fine for criminal nuisance.
Zinasu, through secretary-general Makomborero Haruzivishe, denounced Domboâ€™s arrest, describing it as an infringement of the studentâ€™s rights.
Tajamuka/Sesijikile social movement also condemned the arrest, arguing Mugabe had an obligation to provide the 2,2 million jobs he promised in 2013.
Lawyer and Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party president Tendai Biti said the UZ could legally withdraw the degrees.
â€śIt is not possible because those protesters are no longer students because they have graduated. They obtained those degrees because of academic conduct, not as a donation,â€ť Biti said.
â€śEven if they were a result of donation there is still procedures and legal routes to be followed. They can take away Grace (Mugabe First Lady)â€™s degree because it was an honorary one.â€ť Reports NewsDay
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