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by DANAI MARUMBA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students on Monday declined to write their examinations demanding President Robert Mugabe should step down first.
The students were angered by Mugabe’s refusal to resign as Head of State on Sunday prompting them to vehemently reject writing examinations.
The students also demanded to know how President Mugabe’s controversial wife, Grace, obtained her degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within very shortest possible time.
Prior to the students’ boycotting of examinations, Mugabe had on Sunday night addressed the nation in which he was anticipated to tender his resignation, instead, Mugabe sold the nation a dummy.
This followed a record three million anti-Mugabe protest in the capital Harare organised by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) demanding he resigns citing the collapsing economy as well as sowing seeds of division.
In his reaction to the protest march, he said: “In respect of the party issues raised both by the Commanders (military) and by the general membership of Zanu-PF, these, too stand acknowledged. They have to be attended to with a greater sense of urgency.”
But on Monday, students could have none of Mugabe’s utterances categorically rejecting to sit for examinations until he resigned.
At the time of going to press on Monday, Zanu PF Parliamentary Chief Whip, Lovemore Matuke, was due to move a motion proposing impeachment for Mugabe to step down as Head of State.
In a statement seen by CAJ News, among other proposed demands were that of Mugabe’s Serious misconduct; Failure to obey, uphold or defend this constitution; Willful violation of this Constitution; or Inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity.
Matuke used based his impeachment on the the Constitution of Zimbabwe in Section 97 (1) which provided for the removal of the President or Vice President from office for violating the cited concerns.
“We are gravely concerned that the President (Mugabe) has become the country’s source of instability by his indiscriminate and continuous dismissal of members of his cabinet including two (2) Vice Presidents in the past four (4) years on allegations of plotting to assassinate him and forcibly take over power.
“We are worried that none of the allegations raised by the President have ever been tested in a court of law and that the President has since re-appointed some of those he dismissed on the same allegations. This attests to the President’s poor sense of judgement and disrespect for the rule of law,” Matuke argued.
The Zanu PF Chief Whip said they have been alarmed that the president had abrogated his constitutional mandate to his wife (Grace) who makes public utterances on issues of government such as the appointing and dismissal of Government Ministers and senior civil servants.
“We are further worried that there has been no meaningful development in the country in the past 15 years resulting in an unprecedented economic tailspin that attracted an inflation unprecedented in modern history resulting in the country abandoning our currency in favour of a multi-currency system,” Matuke said.
He also cited highest level of corruption in which more than $15 billion from diamond mining (about R225 billion) disappeared without trace yet not a single culprit was investigated.
At the University of Zimbabwe, student vowed not to return to classes until a satisfactory answer has been given how Grace Mugabe obtained her PHD in weeks.
UZ Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura was not available for comment at the time of going to press.
– CAJ News