Lupane State University (LSU) said there was nothing amiss with the election of Kudakwashe Mnangagwa as the university student representative council (SRC) president.
This came after students at the institution said that they were surprised to be told that Mnangagwa was the new SRC leader when they did not vote for him.
But LSU spokesperson Zwelithini Dlamini told Southern Eye that students were notified on social media platforms that elections were going to be held virtually. He said:
The notice to students about the elections which ran from September 30 to October 8 was put on our website so that registered students would participate. Only nine students came upfront and participated in the nominations.
Out of nine students who participated in the nominations, Mnangagwa was the only person who got at least nine votes which are required by our constitution.
We cannot punish him because he shares the same surname as the President. He deserves the position and we cannot violate his rights. We will protect him as much as we protect others.
Mnangagwa, a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management student, was declared SRC president unopposed.
In a notice to students, LSU dean of students, Honest Ncube said there was no candidate who was willing to compete with Kudakwashe for the SRC presidential position.
However, students said they would not recognise Mnangagwa alleging that he was “elected” under confusing and controversial circumstances.