POLICE in Chipata have arrested four male students in connection with the riot which occurred at Chipata Trades Training Institute on Monday morning. And the Eastern Province police command says it is still investigating the matter in which Sinda MP Masautso Tembo is alleged to have threatened violence against his predecessor Levy Ngoma.
Provincial police commissioner Luckson Sakala said the students, including their union president, were arrested on Tuesday.
“The students ran amok smashing windowpanes to the administration block, female dormitory; they smashed the windscreen of a school bus and windowpanes of the house of the vice-principal,” Sakala explained.
He said the total value of the damaged property was estimated at K216,000. Sakala said investigations were going on well and that all those that would be found wanting would be charged and taken to court.
He said the police could not give police bond to the students because the matter was still under investigation. The students rioted in protest against the way the vice-principal was demanding for both tuition and boarding fees. And Sakala said the police were still investigating the matter in which Tembo is alleged to have threatened violence on Ngoma.
“On Sinda MP, investigations are still on-going but we have a problem; most of the people that caused violence came from outside Sinda, others came from Lusaka, Petauke, so we are still making follow-ups so that those that were mentioned as witnesses are interviewed so that we get to the bottom of the matter. So investigations are still on-going,” said Sakala.
Ngoma reported Tembo to police for threatening violence on him and for assaulting his sister.
But Tembo refuted all the allegations, describing them as “mere propaganda”.