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A Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) meeting turned nasty on Wednesday after students and the union’s leadership were involved in a brawl over students’ welfare.

The incident took place after students accused the union leaders of convening a meeting at the Media Centre in the capital without having agreed on the agenda and for trying to use the gathering to campaign for the MDC Renewal Team.

The students accused Zinasu leader Gilbert Mutubuki and his team of calling for a meeting to discuss the “current economic situation in the country” at the expense of pressing problems facing students in the country’s institutions of higher learning. Mutubuki, who quickly fled the scene, was being accused of trying to align all students to the Tendai Biti-led MDC Renewal Team.

“We wanted to hold a meeting to discuss the current economic situation in the country, but it was disrupted after sharp differences between students and the Mutubuki-led union emerged,” said Zinasu secretary-general Tererai Sithole.

He said students accused Mutubuki of “personalising” the union and trying to turn it into an organ of the MDC Renewal Team.

“He called for a meeting without our consent and the agenda of the meeting was not meant in any way to address students’ issues,” Sithole said.

“Tendai Biti is causing divisions within our union and this has hampered efforts to address student issues.”

Mutubuki could not be reached for comment.

Source : The Herald