UZ students to cough up $100 parking fees

UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe (UZ) students who park personal vehicles at the campus will now be expected to cough up $100 in parking fees per semester for using the institution’s parking lot.

by Everson Mushava

According to an administration circular 1/2016, dated February 18 and signed by UZ registrar Sergeant Chevo, the parking fees became effective on Monday.

“Parking fees will be levied as follows for all students/staff/visitors wishing to park vehicles on university campuses: Full-time students — $100 per semester, part-time — $100 per calendar year, and staff $3,” the circular read.


Visitors will, however, be spared the parking fees on condition they obtain a visitor’s parking pass from the institution’s security upon entrance.

Zimbabwe National Students’ Union president Alistar Pfunye said they would mobilise students to resist the fees. He said they would also soon engage Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo to air their grievances.

Former Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union spokesperson Peter Uledi described the parking fees as exorbitant, adding that during the last semester, the university charged only $3 for motoring students who stayed on campus.

“Students are already complaining. We feel the facilities they have do not correspond with student numbers. They are deliberately doing this to control the number of cars to be parked on campus. They are also desperate to raise funds,” Uledi said.

The UZ’s public relations department had not yet responded to questions emailed to it at the time of going to print last night.

5 Responses to UZ students to cough up $100 parking fees

  1. munya mhaka February 24, 2016 at 6:18 am #

    UZ, a pale shadow of itself under Nyagura. Uuumm.

  2. Chikandamina February 24, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    Reaping off burdened students again

  3. Zeeeee February 24, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    University facilities now commercialized, poor way of raising money please be innovative

  4. kuda February 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    owning a car does not means you are rich.things are tight for everyone.

  5. Chigariro February 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    they are used to pedestrian students its very unfortunate. now at this age things are different more students have turned motorists and zvirikuvanyaudza especially when the students drive better cars than lecturers and administrators. Sad indeed. we don’t know the motive but the most obvious one is to discourage competition with lecturers. just compare what staff pay $3 per semester against what a student pays $100 for the same period. that doesn’t make sense because a lecturer is a working somebody while a student in general is unemployed. now to expect that much from an unemployed person while expecting so little from an employed person……. I don’t know what that means.

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