UNZA riots over PF closure of their radio

Students at the University of Zambia are currently rioting over the move by the PF regime to temper with the brodacast radius of their radio station.

The PF regime led by Information Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga last week reduced the radius on which the radio broadcasts virtually restricting it to dormitories.

Following orders from the government, the Zambia Information, Communications Authority (ZICTA) reduced the radius transmission of UNZA Radio from 1000 watts to 260 watts.

In response, the angry students Wednesday morning blocked Great East Road while carrying placards denouncing the PF government and Amos Malupenga in particular.

UNZA radio has in the past featured many civic and political leaders including President Michael Sata as an opposition leader in part of the university’s training.  Prior to the restriction, the radio covered greater Lusaka and surrounding areas.

Its restriction in broadcast radius is tantamount to closing it.

The PF government has been very critical of opposing views in the country.

Recently, the PF government dismissed Head of Media Studies Department at Evelyn Hone College, Clayson Hamasaka, when opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema attempted to feature on the college radio station which he (Mr. Hamasaka) was managing.

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