One student identified as Advance Musoki was on Monday convicted and fined $50 for asking president Mugabe for asking him for a job.
Advance from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) student, was asked to choose between two weeks in jail or the fine of $50.
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“A BULAWAYO magistrate on Monday convicted and fined a National University of Science and Technology (NUST) student, Advance Musoki $50 or two weeks in prison for demanding employment from President Robert Mugabe during the university ‘s graduation ceremony last Friday.
Musoki, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Risk Management and Insurance, pleaded guilty to committing criminal nuisance in contravention of Section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform).
According to prosecutors, the 23-year-old student stood up during the graduation ceremony and uttered the words “mabasa ngaadzoke President” three times.
He was immediately whisked away by State security agencies to a private room at the university’s campus where he was severely tortured before being handed over to the police.
In mitigation, Musoki’s lawyer Mehluli Dube from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) pleaded with the court to give Musoki a non-custodial sentence.
“The amount imposed is too much considering that he is unemployed. The current economic situation where graduates are unemployed is what led him to utter those words,” said Nyika.
In an interview with New Zimbabwe.com soon after paying the fine, Musoki said he was severely tortured soon after his arrest.
“Soon after my arrest, I was taken to a private room by 13 people who assaulted me all over by body until blood started to ooze from my left ear.
“One of the security personal used taser gun on my privates. Right now, I can’t even walk properly because of the damage caused to my privates,” he said.
Magistrate Adeline Mbeure presided over the case.”