23rd October, 2014
The Zimbabwe students’ union on Thursday made war not love over a new code of conduct banning students from kissing on campus at the country’s top university.
In a circular displayed at halls of residence, authorities at the University of Zimbabwe said students “caught in any intimate position such as kissing or having sex in public places” would be punished.
The university also barred resident students from bringing members of the opposite sex to their hostels and “loitering in dark places outside the sports pavilion or lecture venues.”
Student leader Gilbert Mutubuki said students would resist the rules introduced two weeks ago.
“We are against these rules which we view as archaic, repressive and evil,” Mutubuki, president of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASSU) told AFP.
“We are urging students to resist the rules. These rules reduce the university to a primary school. The authorities need to be reminded that this is an institute for adults who are mature.”
He said the rules, which also bar students from accommodating non-resident colleagues, were meant to curtail students’ right to associate.
“We believe these are security measures meant to limit students from associating.”
Until Zimbabwe introduced tough security laws, university students often staged anti-government protests sometimes joining forces with trade unions and rights groups.