21 February 2013

Zambia: Calm Returns to UNZA

Calm has returned to UNZA after union representatives addressed students that their delayed project allowances will be remitted by Monday on assurances from management and government officials.

Irate students last night took to the street in a mini-riot that extended to the Great East Road.

A handful of police officers arrived at the scene to quell the situation from escalating into a volatile scenario. The students, who expected to receive their project allowances last Friday, were then addressed by a union leader.

The union leader claimed they were in contact with Ministry of Education officials and management who had assured the allowances will hit their accounts on Monday.

Most students have already received their meal allowances. It is the fourth time UNZA students have rioted since the Patriotic Front assumed power. The students have rioted over delayed allowances, proposed premature closure and a lecturer boycott that threatened to affect the the calendar.

Their colleagues at Evelyn Hone College rioted on Monday following the death of 19-year-old first year student Wiseman Mwale from suspected cholera due to poor sanitation at the college. The Evelyn Hone College students are currently on a class boycott demanding improved sanitation at the institution.

Minister of Education John Phiri has since directed his permanent secretary to give him a comprehensive report on the Evelyn Hone crisis.

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