The relatives of the missing St Mathias Tsonzo High School student, Livingstone Sunhwa, were set to hold a demonstration at the school on Friday, 24 June.
Family spokesperson, Sylvia Paunganwa, told H-Metro that the demo was meant to raise their concerns about the whereabouts of the 19-year-old.
During the protest, the people will be searching the school premises for the missing teenager.
Livingstone was reportedly last seen on the night of 5 December 2021 under the custody of the headmaster, Maxwell Sambona. Said Sylvia:
We have decided to do this demonstration because we are not getting any sensible answers from the authorities, such as the school, the police and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, since Livingstone went missing.
Hopefully, we are going to search the school and the surrounding areas, with the help of the police, and community.
And, if we don’t find him, we want the higher authorities to intervene in this case so that we can look for Livingstone effectively and lawfully. The demo will start at 8 am (today).
We need answers from the headmaster because Livingstone was a boarder, his home is in Dangamvura, Mutare.
He stayed at school and the headmaster is the last person he was seen with.
Livingstone was believed to have broken into the school’s tuck-shop with other unidentified pupils and stole biscuits, roasted corn (maputi) and Zap Nax chips, some of which were found stashed under his bed.
The teenager was arrested by the police who reportedly beat him up at the school’s assembly, took him to the station and later returned him to the school and handed him into his headmaster’s custody.
This was meant to allow him to write his Form Four final exams.
On 6 December, Livingstone could not be located as he was due to write one of his ZIMSEC papers.