Armed police have been deployed at Kabwe’s Mulungushi university a few hours after students declared that they would not sit for exams tommorrow until they are addressed by Justice minister Wynter Kabimba.
The students who joined their colleagues at UNZA and CBU to protest ailing dictator Michael Sata’s removal of maize and fuel subsidies demanded that Kabimba addresses them on the inadequate structures at the learning institution and non payment of bursaries while he was encouraging private institutions like Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) and Cavendish university to apply for bursaries from government. On Friday night, students blocked Great North Road and later foughtv running battles with police at the main campus.
A students union member said they had received a tip that Kabimba had directed Police to comb the area and apprehend union leaders after they told him off in a phone conversation, but now were gripped with fear as they did not understand the reason for police presence.
“We called Kabimba and told him our concerns at about 13:00hrs today, he said we put our concerns in writing and that his personal assistant would be coming to pick up the letter in three hours’ time but all of a sudden we have started noticing armed policemen in both police and private vehicles storming university campus, we are told they want to pick students union president Cornelius Bwalya Lengwe, his vice James Phiri and other leaders, so the guys have gone into hiding,” said the student who sought anonymity.
Sources from security institutions in Kabwe have informed the Zambian Watchdog that the police were instructed by Kabimba to come and sort out the students for fear of embarrassing the ailing head of state in their planned exam protest tommorrow.
“We got wind that the students want to boycott exams tommorrow and have written a letter to the justice minister to come and address them, but it is like the young lads used bad language in their phone conversation with him so he was upset and ordered police to move in,” said the source.