Zambian Watchdog

Kabwe Institute students protest

Students at the Kabwe Institute of Technology (KIT) have staged a peaceful protest to air their concerns on government’s failure to develop the college infrastructure and are demanding the removal of college principal Kasanda Saila.

A check by the Watchdog found the main road leading to Mukobeko maximum prison blocked with tyres burning as students sung songs denouncing Saila’s administration.

Quick action by armed policemen stopped the students from spreading their demonstrations to the nearby Mukobeko and Kawama compounds.

This is how they sleep in hostels

The college, which was once a well respected institution has been run down and the PF in their campaigns used it, promising to upgrade it and equip it fully but todate there is critical shortage of lecturers, no equipment for practicals and the library has no books.

The college which offers computer lessons to students only has three computers and in some hostels, there were over 8 students sleeping on the floor.

The students are, this evening scheduled to be addressed by Kabwe district commissioner Patrick Chishala, who earlier visited the institution but due to volatility and to avoid the booeing he went through at Nkrumah university, cut short his trip.

The college becomes the third higher institution of learning in Kabwe after Mulungushi and Nkrumah universities protested against the PF government for diverting funds meant for infrastructure development in central province to President Michael Sata’s Muchinga province.

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