UZ graduands stun Mugabe

HARARE - University of Zimbabwe (UZ) graduating students yesterday pulled a shocker and confronted President Robert Mugabe head-on by openly showing him banners reminding the controversial 92-year-old leader that graduating was meaningless without jobs.

This happened as Mugabe was in the process of conferring degrees to 3 677 graduates at the country’s biggest university.

One of the protesters, Tonderai Dombo, a graduand from the Faculty of Humanities and the immediate past UZ Students Representative Council (SRC) president stood up and waved a huge placard inscribed “graduates today, rovha mangwana (loafer tomorrow) as Mugabe, graduands, invited guests and ministers appeared stunned.

Zimbabwe has an estimated unemployment rate of over 90 percent, with government failing to deliver the promised 2,2 million jobs.

Dombo was then hurriedly escorted outside the venue and detained by State security agents. There was high security at the university and surrounding areas as the paranoid Zanu PF regime displayed that they are scared of their own people who have been protesting against Mugabe’s rule.

Aspiring UZ SRC president Zivai Mhetu defended Dombo’s actions saying it was his right to express his anger and the frustration of every other graduate.

“Dombo was expressing not only himself; he was expressing the anger and frustration of every graduate and soon-to-be graduates in the country.

“As students, we are fed up with the prevailing situation whereby we know that when we complete our studies we are not going to add to the figure of the country’s labour force; we are going to add to the statistics of unemployed people in Zimbabwe,” Mhetu said.

“The State should take what happened today as a turning point from the docile approach the once vibrant student movement in Zimbabwe had taken in the last couple of years.

“As long as the issue of unemployment has not been addressed, the government should suspend these graduation ceremonies. There is absolutely nothing ceremonial about capping a graduate to become a loafer.”

In another embarrassing moment for Mugabe, guests and graduates clapped and ululated when a graduand’s name — whose surname is Tsvangirai — was called out.

Other graduands and guests could be heard shouting opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s name in a bid to spite Mugabe. In the ensuring commotion, Mugabe could be seen discussing something with Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo.

Other graduands also showed their distaste over the Zimbabwean situation in pictures that went viral on social media — where they were holding placards decrying the situation.

One of the placards read: “The key to success but the door is nowhere”.

Among the students who graduated yesterday was Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe Group Editor Stanley Gama and Zimbabwe’s government intelligence agency, the Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe, the minister of State in the Vice President’s office, Tabeth Kanengoni, and well-known public relations practitioner George Manyaya.

Comments (10)

They get free education and behave like spoilt children, expel them from university there is no other choice.

John - 1 October 2016

John mhata yako!!!!!!

matsotsi - 1 October 2016

Zimbabweans will not be bullied anymore. University students, historically have staged protests that caught the attentions of everyone around, for example civil right movements in 60's America.

Young Zimbo - 1 October 2016

Kana iko kusanyara kwacho vanhu kungoramba vongouya for a meaningless ceremony where there are no jobs...people should just admit that they have failed and give way to new blood

gotsi - 1 October 2016

these useless graduates must kmow that some of us are also university of zimbabwe alumnus,when we left that esteemed institution we did not look for jobs but started our own businesses,the govt spent a lot of money subsidizing their education and the least they can do is to shut up

truth - 1 October 2016

haa truth urimbwa isina muswe shut up!!

TIRED - 1 October 2016

@truth,i couldnt agree with yu mo,looking for employment is not the only option for graduates

jojo - 1 October 2016

TIRED. I.W.E. .N.D.I.W.E .U.R.I. .D.O.F.O .R.E.M.A.. .D.O.F.O. Ziwa kuti it is said by the wise ones, "There are many ways of killing a cat". There are many ways that the course of Zimbabwe could have gone. The ZANUPF- Mugabe way as it now shows was one of the WORST ones. I hope you still HAVE part of your brains that is still able to grasp that there are thousands if not millions of Zimbabweans who are wiser, abler, better than, non corrupt, humane than you and your corrupt evil handlers. Zimbabwe haisi ye ZANUPF chete KWETE. Some of us have concluded that Zimbabwe irikutongwa nge MATSOTSI.

Sekuru Ndoronga - 1 October 2016

Truth nothing was subsidized by the government zvakapera kudhara izvo. What do you start in this economy worse of wadzidza Ba history and war studies. A war perhaps

jay - 1 October 2016

truth is a great liar and a crony of mugabe

addmore gudo - 3 October 2016

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