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CBU students boycott classes in protest against the detention of their colleagues

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COPPERBELT University (CBU) students have gone on a class boycott following the arrest of colleagues by police on Sunday.

Copperbelt University Students Union (COBUSU) president Oscar Mbewe said the students had boycotted classes as a way to protest against the detention of their colleagues.

Mr Mbewe said in an interview that the boycott was referred to as a ‘Black Monday’ and that the 16 students that were arrested had been released.

He said the students who were charged with unlawful assembly were released yesterday (Monday) through the help of Riverside councilor Christopher Kang’ombe who intervened in the matter.

“We have gone on a class boycott in solidarity over our colleagues that were arrested on Sunday and we are calling the day a black Monday,” he said.

Mr Mbewe said CBU which was supposed to have 2000 students was currently housing over 14,000 students, a situation which had brought confusion at campus.

He said management was not putting in consideration the number of students being enrolled each year.

He appealed to Government to come on board and help management build hostels to cushion the accommodation crisis at the institution.

He said the institution had over 80 percent of land which was dormant.

On Sunday, police arrested 17 students for alleged unruly behaviour after they rioted following managements decision to check on squatters in rooms.

11 COMMENTS

  1. And our ***** of a president is talking about building new universities. PF govt. have failed to govern this country. As uncle Mike Mulongoti said the downfall of PF is due to their lack of a national development plan.Zambian people are tired. Do we really have to wait until 2016 to boot these chaps out of power? I say we act now.

  2. Some concerns are genuine. CBU has 80% of land lying idle since ZIT time. Nothing has been done in terms of infrastructure building at this university. When will any additional buildings be done. The existing building were meant for the college status. Invest more in the build environment of this institution. We just recycling same hostels without adding more bu the number of users is far too much. Can you imagine if all the money spent on by-election were spent of such courses as the CBU case, lasting development will be achieved. Alias, by-election costs is mostly about by beer, eating, transport, campaign material, etc all just drains with nothing much to show thereafter! Its a weired cracker of thinking. Stop these by-elections and attend to problems like that of CBU.

    • Exactly. .but you may ask also where the CBU mgt. takes the money they collect from students. Could it be that the payments students make only go to education materials acquisition and administration?

  3. Ba pf u only have money for by elections, why can’t u tel people giving u money for stadiums that its infrastructure we need @ CBU, UNZA, colleges and hospitals and not useless stadiums!

  4. Maturity is one thrilling gift from our God, Jehovah the Author of Time…I was thinking really deep about the situation, and I have come to conclude that the Government has not accepted the gift of Maturity. I see no government and its really infuriating knowing that we youths put trust in the PF Govt. As a Student at the Copperbelt University, I will not shun away from participating in the Battle.. Heroic me!!!

  5. Firstly the head line is wrong. Cbu students boycotted classes because of the restrictions the school has put that they will be no squatting anymore. This decision was made by management which has not build any other alternative for the students to live in but yet year after year it continues to over enroll. Management later talks about boarding houses which Cbu does not own, it gives such an alternative as if it’s going to provide each’s students monthly rentals.

  6. Firstly the head line is wrong. Cbu students boycotted classes because of the restrictions the school has put that they will be no squatting anymore. This decision was made by management which has not build any other alternative for the students to live in but yet year after year it continues to over enroll. Management later talks about boarding houses which Cbu does not own, it gives such an alternative as if it’s going to provide each’s students monthly rentals for the boarding houses. SO MANAGEMENT. SHOULD LET THE STUDENTS CONTINUE SQUATTING AND HELPING EACH OTHER THANK YOU

  7. This ngoma is the biggest fool. Padon me 4 not refering 2 him as prof ngoma Bcoz I don’t feel is feet 2 be a professor. Now he wants to potray a picture as if he cares 4 the students when in actual sense he dosen’t . @ our highest institution of learning (unza) squating is there but never @ any time as VC @ unza concentrated so such energy in chasing squaters but is lather directed is energy on finding solution 2 the problem. Afew months ago management @ unza invited bids from private companies & organisations that can build students hostels & collect rentals 4 a certain period b4 handing over the hosters 2 management. that’s how a proffesor works. now This ediot called prof ngona is busy redirecting is energy on chasing ïnocent students. He as not done anything towards the…

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