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UNZA Students Riot, PF Police Arrest Six in Lusaka

University of Zambia students last night stormed the street and set up fire along the Great East Road in the capital Lusaka to protest an imminent closure they are opposing at the highest learning institution.

Six of the students have been arrested by the PF police that rushed to the scene to quell the violet protests.

There is currently a heavy presence of police at the Great East Campus keeping vigil as more riots are anticipated.

The students blocked the main road from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport around midnight Sunday as they sung songs to denounce the ruling PF government.

The riot police that was called to quell the confusion arrested six and fired tear gas canisters to disperse the students that had left campus to cause confusion on the road side. The police invaded the student hostels where they fired more tear gas canisters

The PF government will close the institution on September 1 barely one month after the institution re-opened for the semester.

According to sources, the closure is to pave way for renovations at the institution that the sports ministry wants to use as the Games Village for the SADC Under-20 Games in December.

The PF government is planning to shut the institution for three months but the students are opposing saying it would disrupt their academic calendar particularly for those that are scheduled to graduate.

It is the second time UNZA students are rioting within two months with the first mini riots triggered by what would have caused a delay to re-opening the institution in June.

 

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