Some UNZA students enraged by PF government’s decision to remove maize and fuel subsidies protested at ZNBC Wednesday mid-morning.
The students were however met by police officers in full riot gear deployed to ZNBC along Alick Nkhata road to maintain public peace.
The students carried placards denouncing the PF government and urging President Michael Sata to listen to the cries of the poor.
There placards also read that “PF is Bufi,” in reference to hit antigovernment song Bufi by Petersen and Pilato.
The students vowed to continue protesting until government rescinds its decision to remove the subsidies.
There is now a heavy presence of riot police on Great East road in Lusaka in anticipation of further student riots.
And Students at the Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe have expressed displeasure with Government over its move to remove subside on both fuel and maize because this would ultimately have adverse effect on the value of meal allowance they are getting.
Copperbelt University Students Union (COBUSU) president Oscar Mbewe who also expressed his fellow students’ dissatisfaction with the proposed 26 per cent tariff increase said the increase in the price of fuel and electricity would definitely push upward the overall cost of production in the country.
Mr Mbewe said in Kitwe today the students were concerned that this would render the amount of money they were getting for meal allowance insignificant, as it would be of little value.
He said out of this realization, the students had embarked on an exercise of collecting signatures with the view to petitioning Government over the scrapped subside on fuel and maize.
“I have so far received petition from over 300 students who have appended the signatures and the idea is to hold a peaceful demonstration against the scrapped subsides on fuel and maize,” he said.
Mr Mbewe said current students’ meal allowances were already not sufficient given the ever increasing costs of essential products such as mealie meal.
“The amount of meal allowances we are getting is already meaningless looking at the prices of commodities, for example mealie meal we used to get it at K45, 000 and now it has gone up to over K60, 000,” Mr Mbewe said.