Students case drags on

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Judgment in a case of two National University of Science and Technology students facing charges of public disorder has been set for monthend .

The pair, Duncan Mombeshora (23) of Pumula East and Beven Nyamande (21) of Pumula North in Bulawayo, are denying charges of causing public disorder at the university campus in May 2010.

Bulawayo magistrate Thobekile Mkhosana last week said judgment would be passed on January 30.

This follows the acquittal of their co-accused, Ernest Makoni (20) of Selborne Park and David Mushanawani (21) of Parklands a week ago after the State failed to provide clear evidence of their link to the alleged public disorder.

The four were arrested on June 1, 2010 following public disturbances at the institution.

The students, through their lawyer Lizwe Jamela, have denied the charges.

The State has pinned its evidence on statements by two policemen, Nhamo Makiwa and Chamunorwa Natale who conducted the investigations.

Makiwa told the court he arrested the four while they were entering the university contrary to recorded State allegations which claimed they were trying to forcibly enter the examination room.

He said the students were in a group of about 150 who were singing and chanting slogans outside the administration block.

At the close of the State case last year, the State failed to prove its case against Makoni and Mushanawani and Jamela applied for their discharge.

It is the State case that the students took part in an alleged unlawful gathering outside the examination venue at the university campus while other students were already writing their examinations.

They were later arrested for participating in a gathering with intent to promote violence, breach of peace or bigotry.