72 Evelyn Hone College students who were arrested following Thursday’s riots have been released after being charged for breach of the peace and malicious damage to public property.
Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Joyce Kasosa said the students were released upon paying K22 admission of guilt fee.
Ms Kasosa said had the students denied the charges, then the matter would have been taken court and all the students are reported to have left the campus to pave way for the rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure.
She said in admitting the charge, some students had confirmed that they were demonstrating because the Government had decided to abolish the bursary scheme and replaced it with a loan scheme, a decision they said should be reversed.
“All the 72 have been released after admission of guilt and paying the charge for the offence. My appeal to all students is that, they must desist from resorting to riotous behaviour when they are aggrieved over any matter. They must use civil means of addressing or wanting their issue to be addressed,” she said.
Education Minister John Phiri on Thursday announced the immediate closure of Evelyn Hone College following the student protests at the institution.
Dr Phiri said the institution would be closed for two weeks to allow for repairs to the damaged infrastructure at the college.
He said property worth K540, 000 was damaged during the protest. He said that the riot was regrettable as it showed that the students had completely disregarded the avenue of dialogue.
Dr Phiri has charged that government suspects that the students were being incited to riot by elements outside the institution.