UNZA Students clash with Riot Police as they attempt to match to State House

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University of Zambia –UNZA- Students have clashed with Riot Police after they attempted to match to State House to seek audience with President Michael Sata.

And Police arrested some students during the protests match today.

A huge group of students that mobilized by mid-morning matched on Great East Road heading towards Arcades Shopping Mall singing and chanting anti-ruling PF songs. The students were head singing the hit political song – BUFI. But alert Riot Police prevented the students from going ahead with their protest match.

After some resistance the police fired teargas canisters at the students. Some Students were arrested during the riot and have since been remanded at Lusaka Central Station. But UNZASU leaders are seeking to have the students released.

The students tried to retaliate but later retreated to the Campus. The situation has remained tense at the country’s highest learning institution following protests against the removal of subsidies in fuel and maize.

Meanwhile the UNZA students vowed to continue with protests to press the ruling Patriotic Front government to rescind its decision of removing subsidies in fuel and maize.

University of Zambia Student Union-UNZASU Secretary General Mwauluka Shishekano made the announcement when he featured on UNZA Radio this Friday morning, May 17, 2013.

Mwauluka said students will gather at Mock Square by this morning in readiness for the protest. The UNZA students have condemned government after it announced the scrapping off of the maize subsides. They are saying the decision with the removal of fuel subsidy will have a negative impact on the poor Zambians.

In Kitwe, Students at Copperbelt University have staged a class boycott in protest against government’s decision to remove subsidies on fuel and maize. A check by Zambian Eye this morning found students hanging around campus while Riot Police were seen near the University. The CBU Students had announced that they will join their Lusaka counterparts in protests to push government to rescind decision to remove subsidies.

UNZA students have been moving from one media organization to another giving statement against government decisions to scrap off the subsidy. Last evening the Students fought running battles with the Police when they tried to matched to the cities’ Shopping Malls – Arcades and Manda Hill.


12 Responses to UNZA Students clash with Riot Police as they attempt to match to State House

  1. Yes,its bcoz they re brave.

    Petronella Longwani
    May 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

  2. Zambians let us support ways to get rid of SATA. let us not be docile daily dwiiiii watching whilst our economy is collapsing.

    Mpangula Mputyu
    May 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

  3. What are IFIPUBA doing??? Just sitting in the Chi – Copperbelt…atase

    May 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

  4. Coperbelt is becoming more irrelevant in zambia,first they voted chi pf sata,secondly same sata is raping our mother bt cb is quite very soon we’ll replace it with either south/west or north stupid coperbelt too much sleeping lusaka u alway make a change so we’re aware change will start with u guyz mo fire basa.

    Sata xpolice late presidente
    May 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

  5. Yes they can continue as long as it stays none violent and actions not prompted by politicians you guys we are proud of as the cream of the nation but don’t show us the otherwise you are think tanks violence no matter the reason and how little it will never ever be justified

    Kosamu Simbowe
    May 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

  6. Zambian eye. Pictures please, pictures.

    Mpangula Mputyu
    May 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

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  8. Don’t worry, we’re mobilising explosives. We don’t want kid stuff. We know what lies ahead. Please kindly encourage all mothers to ween off babies now, the fight will be long…..

    May 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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  10. Why can’t they dialogue the pros and cons of the removal of these subsidies rather than take this to the streets?

    Arthur Jeffrey Longwe
    May 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  11. UNZA, please organise another match to State House to commend the PF government for establishing more universities. I can assure you that the police will escort you all the way to State house where you will find a big fish waiting to address you. We are not children.

    Morality is a virtue
    May 18, 2013 at 12:58 am

  12. deputy commerce minister,miles sampa,pf, has defended the students protest country wide ova the removal of fuel and maize subsidy.he said the protest country wide means people are sending a signal of grievances to the relevant authority ova issues are not happy with.the removal of subsidy will earn the poor a costly and unsustainable standard of living..pf govt has failed 2 rule this country as they are not a listening govt 2 the pipo who put them in power.they hav not uphold ther promises..the negative activities exercised by the pf govt are self-explanatory.nid not 2 be told.let us not be domant and give a deaf ear.come 2016 let us not put a leader who z arrogant and recycled one.

    leslie simutelo
    May 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

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