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Stay Off Streets: Police Warn Students Against Meal Allowance Protest

Police say they will not spare students who are planning a protest against the government’s decision to scrap meal allowances.

The Ministry of Higher Education has scrapped meal allowances for students on bursary and only retained project and book allowances.

This decision has been opposed by the students’ bodies and stakeholders who feel the Minister did not follow the laid down procedure in changing what is provided for in the higher education Act.

The students have since planned to march to parliament to protest the decision, but police have warned that they will dealt with ruthlessly.

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo, in a statement, has advised the students not to take their grievances to the streets.

“We have information that students from learning institutions are planning to march to Parliament over issues of meal allowances. Our advice to the students is that they should follow the laid down procedures in airing their grievances as opposed to taking to the streets. As Police, we will not tolerate any acts of lawlessness and we do not want to have any unnecessary confrontation with anyone,” Katongo stated. “We already have details of those orchestrating the protest. We therefore warn those involved that should the planned activity materialize, we are not going to spare them.”

19 Comments

  1. Chiyengo

    it’s our constitution rights

  2. CHALE COOL

    guys please we don’t want to blame the police again if they kill you behave and moreover you are just students

  3. Herv Rena

    Even if students follow the laid down procedures as govt we have no money to waste on feeding these unscruplous students.

  4. Jah rules

    Protesting peacefully is a constitutional right for ,one or a group airing there grievances..it it not a crime…mmoreover zambia claims to be a democratic nation,so with democracy there are so many freedoms one must enjoy,, and that’s just one

  5. Nane

    Comment:herv Rena Stanyoko Waba Noko Indofu

  6. Animal farm

    Chali coolant and your shallow minded fellow better you keep quiet than outering yo stinking mouth, Easter you are just a grade 12 drop out and you don’t know how it feels to be denied meal allowance. No lying procedure Bapompwe just pay meal allowance and bring back subceedes for the Zambian poor people to benefit.Or else you are asking for something else country wide to rise against you Porno Film’s. Not PF we knew in 2011.

  7. SHAKA ZULU

    Chale coolant and your shallow minded fellow better you keep quiet than outering yo stinking mouth, Easter you are just a grade 12 drop out and you don’t know how it feels to be denied meal allowance. No lying procedure Bapompwe just pay meal allowance and bring back subceedes for the Zambian poor people to benefit.Or else you are asking for something else country wide to rise against you Porno Film’s. Not PF we knew in 2011.

  8. Razor

    In other words they are saying that what happened to vespers may happen to you and yet no one will be held responsible.

  9. chichi

    Ba police…te sarafina awe…let them protest, ba mwata katongo you want these students to follow procedure…what about the ministry of higher education,why cant they do the same

  10. Kings

    Ba Katongo Which University Did You Go To? Lilayi Training School, Is (Protesting) An Offence In Zambia? Stop Depriving Us Of Our Rights In Our Mother Land, We Know That You Are Pf Cadre, But Let Us Alone . Pf Will Be No More, Come 2021, Corrupt Leadership Can’t Manage This Nation, Mwaya Sana.

  11. HK

    it z our rights…

    • Zattie Bee

      Not all who go at unza graduates & not all who graduates serves Zambians. Happens scout for your own resource and be a better citizen at last.

  12. chansa

    yaba this is Zambia, even protesting has become an offence, mmmmmmmm balanda ati ni Ba lawyer, Ba jipa inshi, guys we need to stand as the youths, I love song about my Zambia coming soon

  13. Madiba

    Shame on mpolyongo carders can assemble and much to parliament without a permit you do nothing and students you want to kill them sgaia shame on you

  14. DOMITY KAFWAMBA

    Bane tuleya tulekula ka.

  15. AK

    Gvt Has Failed To Rule The Country

  16. Chilankalipa

    It is actually the Paya Future PF cadres in Police uniform who should stay out of the campus and feed the canisters they have wasted our meagre resources to procure to their families. There is no country with proper leadership that can procure armament I huge quantities against the same people they want to rule. This is just confirmation that we have impostors and masquerades using arms to protect their illegal imposition on the citizens. Is it by force imwe bangwele? If indeed you were legally put into office you should not be scared of your own shadow ba pompwe.

  17. BBC

    Unless it is PF cadres who demostrate, it is ok for the police.

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