MYSTERY has surrounded the sponsorship of the University of Zambia (UNZA) riots which saw the blocking of the Great East Road with burning tyres yesterday.
University of Zambia Students union secretary general Clement Kaponda said the riot did not have the blessing of the union.
He said the riot was supposed to have taken place last week but UNZASU managed to stop the students from going ahead but yesterday, the UNZASU student leadership failed to control its members who spilled on Great East Road and blocked the road with burning tyres.
However in still unexplained circumstances, students yesterday morning stormed the roadside around 07:20 burning tyres and logs, forcing motorists to find alternative routes.
The stretch between Munali and Arcades roundabouts was closed and traffic diverted.
Later a heavy presence of police was on the scene to subdue the protest, which was ostensibly intended to force Government to reach a settlement with lecturers who have withheld students’ results.
Police advised motorists using Great East Road from areas such as Munali, Kaunda Square,
Chainama, PHI, Chelstone, Avodale, Airport and Meanwood to use alternative routes.
The University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) have refused to release the student’s results demanding payment of outstanding monies owed to them by Government.
Mr Kaponda called for immediate dialogue between Government and the lecturers.
He said lecturers were demanding for something that they were lawfully entitled to as allowances were part of their contracts.
“What the lecturers are demanding is something that was agreed upon in their contracts so I don’t see why Government should fail to pay what it promised them in the contracts,” Mr Kaponda said.
open this week but that has been postponed due to financial constraints.