President Lungu says Riotous Students to pay for damaged property

File: Defense Chiefs saluting Acting President Edgar Lungu at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

File: Defense Chiefs saluting Acting President Edgar Lungu at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Zambia’s Acting President Edgar Lungu has announced that Students engaging in riots will now bear the costs for damaged property.

The Acting President who is also the Minister In-Charge of Internal Security disclosed on Monday, May 27 that the decision has been arrived at by Cabinet to inculcate a culture of adherence to law and order.

He said recoveries for damages at Institutions of High learning or private property due to riotous behavior by students shall be recovered from their bursaries and any other means available. He said in cases where a criminal offense is committed prosecution shall also be instituted.

Acting President Lungu said culprits during riots shall be identified and in cases where they are not all the students shall be subjected to contributions towards the damage. He explained that this will be done by managements of the affected Institutions.

““Recoveries will be done through managements of the responsible institutions. In this respect, if students involved are not singularly identifiable, then the whole body mass of students will be subjected to contributions toward the recoveries,” he said.

The measures are with immediate effect and President Lungu has since appealed to Students Union leaders to advise their members to learn to solve their grievances in a civil manner.

This comes barely a few days after Students from the Country’s three main Universities protested against government’s decision to remove subsidies in fuel and mealie meal.

The situation remains tense in the country as the Opposition today warned of more protests and rallies to press the PF government to rescind its decision to remove subsidies. UPND the leading opposition says it will conduct these rallies together with Students, Civic groups, and Marketeers.