Police on the Copperbelt have charged seven pupils of Chati High School in Lufyanyama district for riotous behaviour and have been released on police bond.The pupils are among the group that participated in the torching of their head teacher’s house and damaged school.
10 of the pupils believed to be masterminds of the unrest have since not reported for school when the term opened for fear of reprisals.Copperbelt police chief Mary Tembo said the seven pupils were arrested and charged three weeks ago and they will appear in court after
investigations were completed.
She said the seven pupils had been slapped with the charge of malicious damage to property.
“The matter will go court after the investigations are finished, but the 10 pupils who instigated the riot are still at large,” she said.At the opening of the term, only 100 out of the 400 pupil population reported to school.
Before the close of the first term in April, pupils at Chati High School staged a riot and burnt their head teacher Christopher Mpofu inside his house and damaged school property worth millions of Kwacha.The riot was caused by the death of a female pupil committed suicide after she was not allowed to pay exam fees by the head teacher.