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Catholic university students strike

Catholic University of Zimbabwe (CUZ) students in Bulawayo temporarily brought business at the institution to a halt after they staged a demonstration over alleged unfair distribution of resources.

The Bulawayo campus was temporarily shut down this morning by students in protest over alleged preferential treatment of the Harare campus.

The students wrote a petition to the institution stating their discontentment towards the treatment they have been receiving from the university`s management.

The institution’s director a Mrs Simango, met with the disgruntled students at the campus entrance in a bid to address some of the grievances raised by the students.

A part two student at the university (name withheld) said they want equitable distribution of resources at all the campuses countrywide.

She said the protest was a result of the institution not addressing their grievances.

According to the petition written to the university`s management, the students alleged that they were exposed to “unhealthy living conditions” and “female students are complaining about sexual harassment from male lecturers…”

“Shortage of furniture at the campus leading to students moving furniture from one room to another, unreliable internet connection and expensive canteen students need competitors (sic),” read part of the petition.

“There is more preferential treatment for Harare campus than Bulawayo for example when Harare campus students are coming to Bulawayo, they come with one or two buses but when its about Bulawayo going to Harare only a handful students will go, we need explanations why it is like that (sic)”.

The students vowed to continue with the strike if their grievances are not addressed by the university authorities.

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