Students confront Mugabe at graduation ceremony

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A university student has been picked up by unidentified men after he waved a placard calling for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation during a graduation ceremony.

Mr Mugabe was capping thousands of students at the National University of Science of Technology in Bulawayo, Southern Zimbabwe, when a group of students participated in the protest.

Advance Musoke was one of 14 graduands who raised their placards in protest against joblessness. It’s not clear whether President Mugabe saw the placards.

Makomborero Haruzivishe, the student union spokesperson, told the BBC that unidentified men led Mr Musoke away, while the others managed to run away.

Protests against President Mugabe and his policies are becoming increasingly common in the face of an economic crisis.

The two million jobs he promised in 2013 elections have failed to materialise and less than 20 percent of the population are formally employed.

As the chancellor of all state universities, it is Mr Mugabe’s duty to cap students, and some are taking advantage of the occasion to protest.

In September, another student, Tonderai Dombo, was arrested and charged “with causing public disorder” for a similar protest at the university of Zimbabwe.

He is yet to receive his graduation certificate following the incident.

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