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Hacking forces MSU to stop SRC polls

BY BRENNA MATENDERE | Newsday 
One minute read

MIDLANDS State University (MSU) students have raised concern after the institution’s administration halted the Students Representative Council (SRC) elections and postponed them indefinitely.

The university claimed its server had been hacked to interfere with the elections that were being carried out electronically.

The elections were scheduled to be held from November 9-15 but on the first day of voting, MSU registrar Erasmus Mupfiga posted an announcement on the institution’s website that the elections had been postponed indefinitely.

“This communication serves to inform you that the SRC elections that had been scheduled for Thursday 9 November and Thursday 15 November have been postponed until further notice. The postponement has been as a result of a serious and massive security breach that has been detected by our information and technology department,” read part of the notice.

MSU spokesperson, Mirirai Mawere, confirmed the developments.

“Yes I can confirm that they have been postponed until further notice. The postponement is as a result of a serious and massive security breach which has been detected by our information and technology experts. The university has a duty to ensure that the SRC elections are conducted in a credible, professional and transparent manner so that the results thereof truly reflect the will of all the students,” she told Southern Eye.

Zimbabwe National Students Union Midlands chairman Tinashe Chiriga, however, slammed the university’s decision and accused the administration of seeking to protect a candidate from the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu), which he said was headed for defeat.

When the polls were halted, Jacob Lawrence Sedze (Zinasu) was leading the race for the SRC presidency with 248 votes ahead of Elsie Moyo (Zicosu) at 102 and Richard Sweto (Independent) who had polled 71.

“The biggest challenge we have is that no official communication was made to the candidates. Just a message to the students on the public e-voting platform was circulated by the registrar,” Chiriga said, adding that the development had raised anxiety among students.

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Zinasu victory a reflection of the turning political landscape

One primary reason why young people are cynical or even repulsed at the thought of politics is because of its mental turn off.

By Roy Muroyi
3 minute read

Watching your entire future being plundered by some old out-of-touch politicians, while you are confined to the back bench.

The youth has, for long, watched as their societies get drained of their quintessence, basic human rights trampled underfoot and institutions undermined by the Zanu PF regime.

In the July 2018 general elections, the youth overwhelmingly participated.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission statistics showed that 60% of the registered voters in Zimbabwe are the youth, meaning the youth of Zimbabwe are setting up a new standard for themselves.

Intrigue, insiders and drama describe this year’s Student Representative Council (SRC) elections all across the country.

The Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) under the leadership Archibald Madida has concretely put the nail to the coffin on the Zanu PF affiliate Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union (Zicosu).

In a campaign aimed at emancipating the student populace and improving the welfare of students, they have managed a clean sweep in all the Students’ Representative Council elections at the National University of Science and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology and more recently, the University of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean students do not want to get involved in politics doesn’t line up with the wider national political trend.

The level of participation by students in the SRC elections was also a very clear indication that the youth are in dire need of change — change in the entire national discourse.

What is more dazzling about the elections was the tenacity, desire and will to participate in the political turf by students all across Zimbabwe.

The elections saw student leaders such as Tapiwa Chiriga, Netsai Marova, Tafadzwa Chabata and many more making an effort to move around different campuses in solidarity with their comrades that were gunning for office.Youth leaders from the MDC Alliance, such as national youth chairperson Happymore Chidziva, were also there to support their Zinasu comrades.

This clearly marks the hallmark of the evolution of Zinasu and youth participation in politics.

Student democracy is very vital to any society, both as a symbol of students being involved in democracy and as a process of exacting change in students’ associations and universities.

Universities and colleges in Zimbabwe, over the years, have been the cooking pot of future leaders and political geniuses.

It is through student politics that the MDC was able to rise and become one of the biggest political parties in Africa.

Student unions are important as they act as mediators between the school’s administration and the student population.

It is imperative to also understand that student unions have got the power to shape national policies and improve the welfare of students.

While student associations’ power may be limited, it does show students’ priorities and can push in the direction that students want national policy to go.

Often, when people talk about student politics, the one big name that quickly comes to mind is that of Learnmore “Judah” Jongwe.

Jongwe represented a new genre of budding politicians in Africa.
Some of them include the likes of MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, political and social commentator Takura Zhangazha, Pedzisayi Ruhanya, Daniel Molokele and Job Sikhala.

As Zinasu president, Jongwe contributed immensely to the rise of student politics in Zimbabwe.

Zinasu has, over the years, been marred with infightings that made their role in the Zimbabwean political landscape unnoticeable.

However, the union has stood the test of time, from Zanu PF infiltration, persecution of their leaders as well as targeted violence on their members.

Zanu PF has also been accused of tempering with the SRC results in the previous elections.

This year’s elections have not been different. Incidences of rigging were reported by the Zinasu secretary-general Ashlegh Pfunye at the University of Zimbabwe.

The Midlands State University is next, with the Zinasu Midlands chair Tapiwa Chiriga promising nothing short of victory for their Zinasu presidential candidate Jacob Lawrence and team.

Midlands State University and Great Zimbabwe University have, over the years, been Zicosu strongholds.
A more progressive move by the youths to take charge of their destiny is here.

It is imperative for the youth of Zimbabwe in colleges and universities to realise how significant student politics is and should always participate.

Source: www.Newsday.co.zw

NUST SRC, failed students?

Varsity Magazine
2 minute read. 

As the current SRC board for 2017/2018 term is about to end, it would be wrong if we look past their endeavors without saying a word. Last year as they were campaigning for their various posts, they made promises to the students and some of the presidential candidates went on further to give us their manifestos and what they were intending to do after being elected into the office. The question that now remains is, were the promises fulfilled?

Pablo
NUST SRC Outgoing President Pablo Tinashe Chimusoro

If we can answer, then we will know the very reason why we elect prospective candidates into power. The current board which was led by President Pablo T Chimusoro and the vice President Natasha Aliki who were both leaders of NSC and ZICOSU respectively did manage to transform the livelihoods of the Nust community.

I will just mention a few achievements that were done by the current SRC board so that we know what we will be expecting from the next Council. Sockets where replaced in one of the small lecture theatres, a new bus was bought and it happens to be that the bus is for the students only but the situation is totally different on the ground because currently the lecturers are the ones using it ,Two flat screen TV were bought and are placed safe at the students residents ,there were also additional Wi-Fi routers installed in students residence. The outcry of attachment fees was also facilitated by the SRC and the issue was brought before the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education ,Science and Technology Development Prof Murwira although the policy has not be fully implemented.

Entertainment wise ,they did what they had to do to make life of a normal UBA and USA enjoyable by bringing Stunner ,Seh Calahs , the Gafa of our time also known as Winky D and managed to host a successful Miss Nust 2018 event.

However, some may not agree with me that all of the promises that the SRC made were fulfilled. Is it they couldn’t fulfil because they were not intending on fulfilling at all or the Nust administration made it hard for them to do what they were supposed to do. In my own opinion which I am entitled to, I believe all of these facts should be put into consideration and I will give an example.

When we opened our second semester end of January 2018, the lecturers went on strike which stretched to three weeks and the SRC took ages to organise a demonstration. Why they did that? There is no reasonable explanation

Revoke Grace Mugabe PHD: Student Body

by Costa Nkomo

THE framing Grace Mugabe as a powerful politician by the state media after assuming the position of Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary in 2014 was not sufficient to win the assent of the Zimbabweans. Instead, it resulted in backlash.

From a typist in the office of the president, to a lavish personality reminiscent of Marie Antoinette, spouse to the French king, Louis XVI of the 1770’s; various interpretations have been made of Mrs Mugabe’s character before and after her controversial marriage to Robert Mugabe in 1996.

Some have called her a woman of lose morals. Others, varsity students included, have made a parody of Grace’s rags-to-riches persona, which seems to have struck a hornet’s nest across the country.

In a bid to side-track this given background, Grace Mugabe was accorded a PhD at the University of Zimbabwe in 2014 and soon became known as ‘Doctor Amai,’ a narrative the state media believed to be more appealing to the masses This was a clear imposition of a character that never was.

Later that year, in the so-called ‘Meet the People Tour’ rallies in which Mrs Mugabe single handed purged the then Vice President, Joice Mujuru from Zanu PF, she failed to acquire and exhibit the voice and behaviour of a PhD holder.

‘…Mrs Mugabe’s thesis is alleged to be non-existent…’ 

Mrs Mugabe’s thesis, entitled: ‘The changing social structure, the functions of the family: The case of children’s homes in Zimbabwe’ is however, alleged to be non-existent.  Students have called for it to be availed to them for the past three years, to no avail.

The conferment of PhDs to academics takes a long and strenuous route in which writing the final thesis requires a minimum of three years. For one to pass, they should have made a significant input to the intellectual fountain.

 But, for Mrs Mugabe, it took her only three months.  Her husband, then Chancellor of all universities, accorded her a doctorate, a development  that struck the raw nerve of student activists across the country and took the media by storm in its various formats. On social media, students and other concerned academics blatantly called it “fake degree”.

“By dubiously getting a PhD from the UZ to boost her political and presidential ambitions, Grace Mugabe compromised UZ” said Director of Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya, quoting Opa Muchinguri’s words.

Students and academics are lobbying the University of Zimbabwe to revoke Grace Mugabe’s PhD degree as soon as possible.

‘…Professor Levi Nyagura, UZ Vice Chancellor, must apologise and resign…’

The groups are also demanding an explanation from  Professor Levi Nyagura, UZ Vice Chancellor,  to  ‘clear the air’ on how  Mrs Mugabe was accorded the PhD.

Zimbabwe Congress of Student Union (Zicosu) led by President Takudzwa Gambiza demanded for the immediate revocation of Mrs Mugabe’s PhD which they perceive as a threat to Zimbabwe’s cherished education system.

“It’s of paramount importance that the fake PhD should be revoked, and a public apology issued by those who committed that heinous academic fraud”, Gambiza said.

Zicosu treasurer general, Godknows Mudhari also said academic achievements accrue as a result of hard work only.

“It is uttermost disrespect when fellow students are awarded such degrees on a silver platter,” said Mudhari. If this thesis is not authenticated then the degree should be revoked or UZ should award all of us the same degree for free.”

Fast forward to November 2017, having proved to the nation and the rest of the globe, that she was not nearer to being a PhD holder, Mrs Mugabe committed political suicide by unleashing venom on the person of the then Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move that catalysed the liberation of Zimbabweans from an impending Mugabe dynasty.

 

ZICOSU TUMBLES AT NUST

By Costa Nkomo| Nust- ZW

ZIMBABWE Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) lost National University of Science and Technology (NUST) student union elections yesterday to National Students Council (NSC).

Pablo Tinashe Chimusoro, the NSC representative, together with five Councillors from his camp, romped to victory after he garnered 1227 votes (47%) followed by a ZICOSU representative Natasha Aliki who got 757 votes (29%), while ZINASU  represented by Pashor Sibanda came third with 643 votes (24%)

For the first time in four years,  2627 students participated in an election. This is also the first  time  in the history of Nust SRC elections that either Zinasu or Zicosu  have failed  to secure the top student  leadership post.

It has been alleged that Zicosu  embarked on a vote buying drive in a bid to secure the top post for Aliki. Former student president, Shadowlite Ndou, was also present to drum  up support for Aliki.

Zicosu is alleged to have distributed about $500 plates of sadza, alcohol worth about $800 and $600 worth of airtime among other goodies.

When contacted for a comment Zicosu campaign manager, Blessing Zhou did not deny Zicosu’s attempt to buy student votes. However, Zhou could not be drawn to disclose the exact amount of money that his party spent.

“It was a tough race, anyone could do anything to make it,” said Zhou.

“Without vote buying, Pashor should have been the Vice President, so vote buying counted ” added Zhou.

Zicosu had lured ZBC news presenter, Rumbidzai Takawira, to campaign for them in a video clip that went viral on social media.

Takawira who addressed herself as ZBC Newsbae said, “Vote Aliki, vote Tanaka Alice, and you will see change at Nust.”

While ZICOSU was left disappointed by the students who enjoyed the goodies, for Chimusoro, it was personal integrity and selfless character that won him this year’s Nust SRC elections.

” I am proud of Nust students, I’m happy for the faith and trust they have in me, I owe them desirable service delivery” said Chimusoro.

Chimusoro also welcomed elected Councillors saying that he was ready to work with everyone despite different political orientation.

“I am ready to work side by side with everybody, Zicosu, Zinasu, NSC, everyone is important, and I do hope we are going to deliver as a united team,” Chimusoro said.

NSC secretary general, Kudakwashe Chikondowa urged students to stand for values and integrity as these are the most important traits that a leader should possess.

“If Zicosu arranges bashes for you, you are welcome to go and enjoy yourselves, those who received bribes like airtime enjoy it, but when you go to the ballot remember who is capable to defend your interests throughout the year,” said Chikondowa on election day.

Efforts to contact Aliki were fruitless as he was unreachable immediately after the pronouncement of election results.

Meanwhile, the newly elected SRC leadership is expected to be sworn in early next week at a hand over take-over ceremony to be held in the Council Chambers at Nust.