THE MDC –T Youth Assembly has expressed dismay at the University of Zimbabwe’s (UZ) continued refusal to allow the party’s youth leader Solomon Madzore to resume his studies at the institution on the basis that he was facing criminal charges.
Madzore is part of the 29 MDC–T activists on trial for the alleged murder of a policeman, Petros Mutedza, in Glen View two years ago.
In a statement the assembly’s secretary general Promise Mkwananzi accused the UZ of colluding with Zanu PF in ensuring that Madzore did not enjoy his right to education.
“The denial of Madzore of his right to education has no connection in any way with the case that is before the High Court. In any case, it is trite that every accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Mkwananzi said.
Following his release from custody on bail, Madzore applied to resume his Social Studies programme but the application was turned down.
UZ deputy registrar of students Anne Takawira wrote to the MDC-T youth leader informing him that he could not continue with his programme.
“I regret to inform you that your application for resumption of studies was unsuccessful,” wrote Takawira.
After Madzore wrote to the UZ requesting for a written response stating reasons why he could not be re–admitted to the institution, he was told that he was facing serious charges.
Madzore, who was a final year student, would have completed his studies had he not spent more than 12 months locked up in remand prison as he had been left with just one semester.