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ZAOGA University Bars Students For Failing To Speak In Tongues

ZAOGA University Bars Students For Failing To Speak In Tongues

Five students at the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) have dragged the ZAOGA-FIF-run institution to the High Court for alleged discrimination.

The students were reportedly barred from contesting for positions in the Student Executive Council (SEC) on grounds that they cannot speak in tongues and are not “spirit-filled” to lead students.

In their High Court application, the students named ZEGU as the first respondent, its registrar Innocent Chinyemba the second respondent while dean of students Zacharia Zunguze is the third respondent.

The five students are Modester Zinhanga (presidential candidate), Godcares Nyereyemhuka (vice president), Trish Chimanda (secretary-general), Chris Zindi (Minister of Finance) and Obedience Mupezeni (Minister of Religion and Gender).

According to court papers, the five went through all processes that included nomination and interviews handled by Zunguze.

Zunguze later communicated that they had all been disqualified based on a section in the institution’s student handbook, amended this year.

The five are being represented by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. The court papers read:

Zunguze received my application and facilitated interviews on the 3rd of November 2021.

I successfully participated in the interviews, which were presided over by Zunguze on behalf of the university.

On the 5th of November 2021 around 1500hours, Zunguze issued communication disqualifying my candidature together with a few other candidates.

Zunguze insists that the decision to disqualify me is based on Section 9 of the students’ handbook which states that I am not a member of ZAOGA, that I failed to show evidence of speaking in tongues and that I am not born again and spirit-filled.

These requirements are claimed to have been introduced by the new students’ handbook 2021 Edition under Section 9.

However, this is contrary to what has been the tradition and practice in previous elections, elections have always been governed by the Students Executive Council constitution.

In September this year, ZEGU published a dress code that bars women from wearing “inappropriate clothing” on campus which include skins tights, mini-skirts and see-through.


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# 6 months ago

ko vakangotadza here kuti..tokutsotsinya

Mai muku 6 months ago

Urikuda kupinda kucouncil chete kkkkkkwa ngazvigare

jombo 6 months ago

Hapana munhu akadzingwa apa.....vakangodzi u can't take this position coz mutemo unoda kuti anke ari munhu wemuChechi simple

Runner rooner 6 months ago

Haaa zvobva zvangoratidza kut vanhu vasatan

Dominic Mkz 5 months ago

I think if anyone wants to pursue an office that is Church related, being born again is a pre-requisite. I encourage the five to repent, like seriously. Anyway, the headline was constructed in a way to raise attention.

young zemba 6 months ago

ukandidzinkira kusataura nendimi hauna mweya wamwari kox ndezvamwari izvi

Mufana 6 months ago

I think kuti munhu haungadzingirwe kusataura nendimi ....chingatodzingisa kuwanikwa unedoro....kwete kusataura nendimi


ngwene 6 months ago

Ko kana usiri wemuChechi siyana nazvo ka varidzi vaite...unoda kutonga kusiri kwako

Chamatams 6 months ago

Mari ye Church kana yawanda unshakable zvaunoita nayo. Kusarudza anonamata Jesus ne ndimi mu Church. Wava Mwari here?

Chogu fire03°^∆ 6 months ago

Haaa tirikuenda kupii asii sure kana Bible chairo hapana pakadzingwa munhu pasangano rajeso zvichiri zvekunamata here izvi??

Sure munhu onyebedzera kutaura ndimi agotya kudzingwa chikoro

Mdara Odza 6 months ago

Kkkkkkkkk kuramba kutaura ne ndimi dzekadhimoni yatova mhosva

Bright 6 months ago

Kkkkk asi zvimwe zvinhu so

lamar 6 months ago

Kkkkk haaa hakuna zvakadai

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