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Five UNZA students and five others apprehended in connection with the riots last night. – Mwebantu

POLICE yesterday between 20:00 hours and today September 19 at 00:10 hours apprehended five University Of Zambia students and five persons following the riots that occurred  leading into the early hours of today.

The 10 have been identified as Gift Mukadi, a third year student studying bachelor of science in the school of education, Chawezi Muwowo, aged 21, a first year student studying Project Management, Kachisa Kambangu aged 29 a first year student studying Masters in Geology, John Chisela, aged 22 a second year student studying Human Nutrition and Masho Kapembwa Mulenga, a third year law student.

Others are Clinton Njovu aged 25 of house number 22/25 Ngombe compound,Mwansa Mwila, aged 20 of unmarked house number Mtendere East, who is unemployed,Moses Mutale aged 44 of unmarked house number of Kamango area in Kalundu, Michael Phiri aged 27 of unmarked house number in Kalingalinga compound who is unemployed and Derrick Mukelebai, aged 27 of unmarked house number in Garden Chilulu compound a garden boy.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said more than 500 students rioted over the cancellation of the 2023 University of Zambia Students Union elections due to financial challenges.

He said the students blocked Great East road with drums, stones, burnt tyres and started stoning motor vehicles.

“During the riot, five shops were broken into and assorted groceries whose value is yet to be established were looted within the University. One female student identified as F/ Twambo Chinyama aged 22, who is a first year student studying psychology sustained bruises on her right hand and general body pains,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said quick action by Police prevented the situation from escalating.

He however said students then retreated back into Campus.

Mr Hamoonga said officers have since been deployed around the campus and are monitoring the situation.

“Investigations into the matter are still ongoing,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 19th September, 2023)

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