Sequel to the face-off between medical students of University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Levi Nyagura, a court in the country has directed that the students who were thrown out of their halls of residence by the Vice Chancellor be allowed to return immediately.
The vice-chancellor, Prof. Nyagura, on Friday, June 30, bowed to pressure and permitted evicted medical students to return to their halls of residence following threats of contempt of court charges by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZHLR).
ZHLR lawyers, Belinda Chinowawa and Doug Coltart, had a hectic day trying to ensure compliance of High Court judge, Justice Nyaradzo Munangati-Manongwa’s order issued on June 28, 2017.
In a letter, ZLHR said Nyagura’s conduct amounted to contempt of court.
“Reference is made to case number HC5758/17, wherein Justice Munangati-Manongwa issued a provisional order on June 28, 2017,” the lawyers wrote.
“The terms of this interim order require you (Nyagura) to permit all medical students to return to halls of residence with immediate effect.
“However, you have failed to comply with the court order and campus security has actively prevented students from re-entering their halls of residence stating that they have not yet received a directive that students should be allowed back into residence.
“In our view, this conduct constitutes contempt of court by yourself as well as every employee of the UZ that has in some way participated in the failure to comply with the court order. This letter serves to demand your full compliance with the court order immediately and by no later than 12pm on Friday June 30, 2017 (yesterday).”
The lawyers warned Nyagura’s failure to comply with the court order would leave them with no option, but to approach the court again seeking his incarceration.
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