The police have charged 12 students and a chef from the university of Zambia for idle and riotous behaviour following the protests against PF government’s falling standards of governance.
The 13 appeared in a Lusaka magistrate court and they all denied the charges and their police bond has been extended.
Last week on Thursday, heavily armed police raided UNZA great East road campus after students staged a peaceful demonstration to demand for the adoption of the constitution through a referendum, the release of detained journalists and Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director MacDonald Chipenzi.
Over 30 students mainly in their first year and Victor Makukula, a university chef were picked and detained at various police stations. Only 13 accused were brought before court while the whereabouts of the others remains unknown.
And there was near commotion after heavily armed police blocked other students, parents and members of the civil society who had flocked the court premises to offer solidarity to the persecuted students. Among the people present were FODEP’s Chipenzi, UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo and former MMD Solwezi central MP lucky Mulusa who bemoaned the emerging dictatorship of the PF and President Michael Sata.
Some of the students arrested were juveniles and lawyers from L.M. Chambers submitted that they required special attention.