Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) have rescued a suspended female Harare Polytechnic student Yolanda Musithu for hugging a male colleague.
“We have rescued Yolanda Musithu a student at Harare Polytechnic who had been suspended for allegedly hugging a male colleague at college premises in contravention of what Principal Tafadzwa Mudondo claimed was a contravention of WHO and the college’s Covid-19 protocols,” ZLHR said Wednesday night.
“After our lawyer Dr Godfrey Mupanga filed urgent application at High Court seeking an order to compel Harare Polytechnic to allow Musithu access to Harare Polytechnic to attend classes and all rights and privileges allowed to students for the National Diploma in Office Management.
“Authorities at the institution served our lawyer with a letter lifting Musithu’s suspension effective 7 April 2021.
Musithu’s urgent application had been set down for hearing on 7 April at 2.30 PM before Justice Davison Foroma.”
But in his letter, Mudondo said the institution had resolved to lift Musithu’s suspension after consultations with relevant authorities.
The move by Mudondo resulted in lawyers for Musithu and Harare Polytechnic hammering out a settlement and the matter was settled.
In his suspension letter, Harare Polytechnic principal, Engineer Tafadzwa Mudondo said, “You Yolanda Musithu C a student at Harare Polytechnic doing National Diploma in Office Management violated WHO, Government and Harare Polytechnic Covid-19 regulations.”
“You were caught by the principal on 22 March 2021 hugging Blessing Pasipanodya an NC DDT student.
“This was indirect violation of WHO, Government and institutional standing Covid-19 regulations.”
Eng Madondo said the institution had conducted health education on Covid-19.
“The institution conducted health education on Covid-19 through posters on notice board at entrance but you opted to ignore the regulations,” he said.
“According to SI 81 of 1999 chapter 28:02 (7) (1) the principal may permanently or temporarily exclude remove or expel any student from the premises of teachers college or technical or vocational institution if in the opinion of the principal.”