University of Zimbabwe condemned for kissing ban

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A student kissing ban imposed by the University of Zimbabwe is

"nonsensical", a student representative has told the BBC.

A circular from the university authorities said those "caught in an

intimate position" on the Harare campus would be disciplined.

"In this age to say I'm no longer allowed to kiss or hug someone… is

unreasonable," Tsitsi Mazikana said.

The university has not commented on the students' objections to the ruling.

It was issued at the beginning of the new academic year as part of a

list of "misconducts that attract immediate eviction from halls of


The University of Zimbabwe circular list 11 "misconducts" that will

result in eviction

The list of 11 points also includes bans on squatters and cooking in bedrooms.

Fourth on the list of behaviour that will result in eviction says:

"Caught in intimate position (kissing or having sex in public


Ms Mazikana, who is the students' gender representative, said that the

campus already had strict rules for those fraternising with the

opposite sex.

In single-sex hostels, for example, residents were only permitted

visitors in the foyer and no visits were permitted after 22:00, she


Ms Mazikana said the ban had less to do with morality and more to do

with controlling students who were "not happy about the way they are

running the university".

"If they were talking about anything moral they wouldn't be placing

condoms in the hostels and in the clinic, but… kissing and hugging –

there's nothing immoral about that," she told the BBC's Newsday


The Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) said the university

administration had a habit of instituting arbitrary rules without

consulting student bodies.

The union was organising a petition against the campus kissing ban,

Zinasu's Gift Maposa told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

There were already strict regulations infringing the students' rights

to demonstrate – introduced in 1997 – which instilled a fear of being

expelled, he said.

The BBC's Brian Hungwe in the capital, Harare, says the students often

accuse the university authorities of being out of touch with the


Beer was banned on campus about seven years ago, which proved very

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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