Police Arrest over 100 in UNZA Riots, Set Room on Fire

A hostel at UNZA in flames

Nearly 105 people were arrested in yesterday’s protest by University of Zambia students triggered by the rise in the cost of leaving following President Michael Sata’s abrupt decision to remove subsidies on fuel and mealie meal.

However, police later discovered that of the 105 arrested only 25 were students while the rest were not part of the riots. Lusaka Province commissioner Joyce Kasosa made an official statement claiming only 31 were arrested when 105 were still being held and screened.

This was after President Sata publicly directed Kasosa to arrest protesting University of Zambia students over the government demanding the reversal of subsidies on fuels and maize subsidies.

The students were clad in black dubbed Black Friday as they demonstrated but when police came to disperse them, they set some room at the Great East Campus on fire, choked many with teargas in fierce running battles.