Allan Chipoyi
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BornAllan Chipoyi

Allan Chipoyi is the president of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Students Representative Council (SRC). He is also the chairperson of Project Vote263, a non-governmental organisation that encourages people to register as voters.

School / Education

He did his secondary education at St Mathias Tsonzo High School, an Anglican Church-run school located in Juliasdale, Mutasa District, Manicaland Province.[1]



Chipoyi was arrested on 3 March 2021 alongside three other students and they were all charged with disorderly conduct in a public place as defined in section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.[2]

Chipoyi, was 21 at the time of his arrest. He was arrested together with Pritchard Paradzayi, aged 21 years, Falon Dunga, aged 22 years, and Glen Magaya, aged 21 years.

Trial and Acquittal

The four students appeared before Harare Magistrate Sheunesu Matova for trial on charges of violating national lockdown regulations and for allegedly protesting against a clampdown on some human rights activists. On 5 November 2021, Matova discharged and acquitted the four, who were all members of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU). They were represented by Nontokozo Dube-Tachiona of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Tawanda Karikoga of Dube-Tachiona and Tsvangirai Legal Practitioners.

Arrest at ZEC Offices

Chipoyi and the director for Project Vote263, Youngster Matete, were arrested on 16 November 2021 in Gweru at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) offices and charged with illegally gathering people for purposes of registering them to vote. [3]

The duo allegedly mobilised transport for about 30 people in Mkoba constituency and ferried them to ZEC offices so that they could register to vote but the people were dispersed before they were registered.

Chipoyi and Matete were detained at Gweru Central Police Station and later released.

Withdrawal of Government Scholarship

In November 2018, the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) allegedly informed Chipoyi that his scholarship had been cancelled. [4]

Chipoyi said he failed to access his results through his student account portal because of a ZWL$26 000 balance. The bursary office reportedly advised him that if he was under a ZIMDEF scholarship the due balance reflecting in his account meant his scholarship had been cancelled. Ministry of Higher and Tertiary education spokesperson Chipo Mayeza, however, denied that Chipoyi's scholarship had been cancelled.

Protest Over UZ Fees Hike

On 12 September 2022, Chipoyi and other student leaders mobilised students at UZ to demonstrate against a sharp increase in tuition fees. [5] Several students were arrested during the protest.

Further Reading

  1. Allan Chipoyi,Allan Chipoyi, Published: No Date was Given, Retrieved: 13 September 2022
  2. ,Spectacular Collapse to Trials of ZINASU Leaders Targeted for Violating COVID-19 Regulations and Protesting Against Arrests, Published: 9 November 2021, Retrieved: 13 September 2022
  3. , Voter registration activist arrested in Gweru, Athlai Tatenda Mudzungairi, Published: 18 November 2021, Retrieved: 13 September 2022
  4. , UZ student says government cancelled scholarship over vote campaign, Marshall Bwanya, Published: 18 November 2021, Retrieved: 13 September 2022
  5. , Police break up UZ protests, Bridget Mavhimira and Dylan Dzenga, Published: 13 September 2022, Retrieved: 13 September 2022