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GREAT Zimbabwe University (GZU) lecturers and non-academic staff have gone on strike, protesting the non-payment of salaries since January as well as outstanding December 2013 bonuses.

The striking staffers accused the institution’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Rungano Zvobgo of running the institution down.

The situation is tense at the university which opened this year’s semester on Monday, with students staying on campus currently scrounging around for food as staff at the University canteen also joined the lecturers on the industrial action.

Students could be seen milling around the main campus, while others were busy roaming the streets of Masvingo waiting for the situation to normalise in order to return to lectures.

“The lecturers are not coming for lectures. We hope government and the lecturers will resolve their difference very soon we need to go back to class,” said one student.

Staff told NewZimbabwe.com that the institution is raising in excess of $6m in tuition fees from the over 10 000 students but the Vice Chancellor was reluctant to authorise the payment of salaries from the funds.

“We are aware that the government has not yet released money for staff to all State Universities,” said one member of staff who asked not to be named.

” … but other universities like the Midlands State University and University of Zimbabwe and others are paying salaries to their staff from money realised from tuition fees. Why can’t the same happen here?”

Staff also accused officials of “recklessly” buying buildings in and around Masvingo yet the university should have been concentrating on building its own campus at a site some 20km outside the city.

The University is currently using Masvingo Teachers College premises as its main campus.

Efforts to get a comment from Prof. Zvobgo were fruitless as he was said to be in New York, while the University’s Public Relations Director, Anderson Chipatiso, was not reachable.

Source : New Zimbabwe