(By Charles Tembo in Kitwe)
STUDENTS at the Copperbelt University have rioted against delayed payment of their meal allowances. The students blocked Jambo Drive on Friday night with burning tires and concrete blocks. The students wondered how the government could fail to pay them and expect them to survive. Some students spoken to said the PF does not care about the welfare of learners.
“This government and its minister, old mama Professor of whatever Nkandu Luo has failed the students. But it is comparatively both Luo and Edgar Lungu; they have no direction for students. It’s good that we will still be here up to 2021 and CBU will teach them a lesson,” said one of the students.
And Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga says seven vehicles were damaged in the riot.
She said some drunk students instigated the riots.
“Students’ riotious behaviour occurred on December 14, 2018 at around 23:00 hours. Some students ran amock and blocked Jambo Drive with concrete blocks in Riverside, Kitwe where they stoned and damaged seven passing vehicles. The same (students) are demanding meal allowance. This happened when some students went out to drink beer and when they returned they mobilised others into the act and in the process the following vehicles were damaged,” Katanga said.
“1.Toyota Bravis Reg number ACV 2760, owner David Mwenya Kabanda 30 years; it had its front windscreen and right rear side window broken. 2.Toyota Allion BCB 1425zm belonging to Brendan Okane 34 years of house number 27 Almalik Street, Riverside, had its rear windscreen broken and dents on both sides of the body. 3 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado registration number ADC 6167 in which Careen Kalima Mulenga 36 years of House number 1 Julia Chikamoneka road, Riverside, reported on behalf of Chanda Mulenga that the vehicle had its rear left side glass broken and dents on the left side. 4. Toyota Hiace Quantum registration number AOB 2722 for Nsakanja Stanley 34, of House number 8 Mulundu, Riverside, had its rear right and left side glasses broken. 5.Toyota Alphard registration ADE 1827zm for Agrippa Tembo 50 years of house A26 CBU Camp, had its left side Windshield broken. 6. BMW registration ADC 7646 for Willie Ngosa 35 years of house number 1766 Freedom Way Riverside, had a broken front windscreen and a dent on the rear side. 7. BMW registration 002CD 33N for Justin Sikaala 49 years of Riverside Extension had a dent on the rear right door.”
Katanga said the value of the damaged property has not yet been ascertained.
She said quick action by police managed to push back the students in campus.
“All values not yet ascertained. Quick action by the police controlled the situation and managed to push back the students back in to campus. No injuries recorded and no arrest made. We have launched investigation to identify the ringleaders. The situation is quiet at the moment and police continue to monitor,” said Katanga.