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Hacking forces MSU to stop SRC polls

BY BRENNA MATENDERE | Newsday 
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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

40% off fees for students on industrial attachment

by Talent Gumpo

TERTIARY students on industrial attachment heaved a sigh of relief yesterday when the government slashed their attachment fees by 40% to promote inclusive and quality education in line with Sustainable Development Goals’ Vision 2030.

In a statement, Higher and Tertiary Education permanent secretary Desire Mutize Sibanda said the students would now be required to pay 60% of tuition fees with immediate effect.

“The ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology is pleased to advise all parents, guardians, sponsors that all higher and tertiary education students on industrial attachment/teaching practice will now be required to pay 60% of tuition fees with immediate effect,” he said.

“…the decision was influenced by the economic environment and the socio-economic status of the majority of the students.”

Sibanda said the decision was influenced by the economic environment and the socio-economic status of the majority of the students.

“Students on attachment meet the costs of accommodation, food, and transport to and from work. The ministry considered the variable and fixed costs attendant to students’ supervision and utilisation of teaching and learning facilities,” he said.

“In reducing the cost to 60% of tuition, the ministry considered that institutions require funds to meet supervisory costs for each student on attachment albeit the majority of students continue to access library and other learning facilities and social developments of the country.”

Last year, the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) petitioned then Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo demanding the scrapping of attachment fees for all students on industrial attachment.

Zinasu secretary-general, Ashley Pfunye said the government should have scrapped 60% of the fees.

UZ Chancellor AU donation could have paid fees for 2000 students

Press Release|Zinasu Information Department| University of Zimbabwe

President Mugabe’s 1 million dollar donation to the African Union which sent tongues wagging this week could have paid school fees for at least 2 000 students, the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) has claimed.

This comes after medicine students recently held protests over their inability to pay high fees at the University of Zimbabwe(UZ), leading to the arrest and detention of several student leaders, among them Zinasu spokesperson Zivai Mhetu and UZ Students’ Union treasurer  general Ignatious Mukwichi and secretary for sports Kudakwashe Guta.

President Mugabe, who also doubles as the UZ Chancellor, could have used the 1 million to pay fees for 2 000 struggling students at the biggest university in the country if he really had their plight at heart, Zinasu spokeperson, Mr Zivai Mhetu, said.

Not more than a week ago students were up in arms at UZ because they are unable to pay the increasingly unaffordable tuition fees only to hear that their Chancellor is giving away 1 million dollars to the AU as if he has dealt with all the problems affecting people in his own country.

“Donations should be made by the Bill Gates of this world who have more money than they can spend not Heads of States of impoverished countries whose citizens are wallowing in abject poverty and absolute misery said Mhetu”

Fees for general programmes at UZ were around five hundred dollars meaning that had he chosen to, Mugabe could have paid fees for at least 2 000 students at the institution, many of whom are being forced to defer their studies or drop out completely because of their inability to pay fees.

Countless students are being forced to drop out of school, not at the UZ alone but countrywide. It is against this background that we have been clamouring for grants and loans. But instead of giving us grants and loans the Head of our government and all State Universities is busy dishing out money to international organizations as if he is a one-man donor agency competing with the US-Aid.” said Mhetu.

Students at the tertiary level in Zimbabwe have been dropping out of school en masse due to economic hardships with Zinasu claiming that 12 000 students dropped out of school countrywide in the first quarter of 2016 alone.