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Nust students acquitted


Two National University of Science and Technology (Nust) students charged with causing public disorder during a students protest march at the institution sometime in June 2010, have been acquitted.

Duncan Mombeshora (23) of Pumula East and Beven Nyamande (21) of Pumula North in Bulawayo, had denied the charges.

Bulawayo magistrate Thobekile Mkhosana on Monday discharged the pair after the State failed to support its claims.

This follows the acquittal of their co-accused, Ernest Makoni (20) of Selbourne Park and David Mushanawani (21) of Parklands, on January 12 after the State failed to link them to the crime.

The four were arrested on June 1 2010 at the university campus for alleged public disorder.

Through their lawyer, Lizwe Jamela, the four students said they did not participate in the demonstration.
The State had premised its case on evidence provided by two police detectives Nhamo Makiwa and Chamunorwa Natale.

Makiwa told the court he arrested the four while they were entering the university premises from outside campus contrary to recorded State allegations claiming they were trying to forcibly enter an examination room.

In dismissing the evidence by the police officers, the magistrate stated their testimonies were highly suspicious and too clear to be true.

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