Police have issued a warning to parents in the Copperbelt who are calling for protests over the closure of the country’s largest universities.
And the Police has refuted reports that they broke doors to arrest innocent students who did not take part in the riots.
Speaking ZNBC TV 2 breakfast program morning live police Spokesperson Charity Munganga said police will not condone any demonstrations and has called on people in the Copperbelt not to listen to calls on social media urging parents to mobilize and stage peaceful protest to force government reopen the 2 Universities.
Ms Munganga said the police will not tolerate lawlessness and that they will not hesitate to arrest anyone who will try to bring disorder and disturb the peace.
“There is this message that is circulating on social media calling on parents to come together and demonstrate so that the two universities can be opened procedure is very clear,the Public Order Act provides that people should give a notification, its not just that people should mobilize themselves because they have children who are at these universities, they have to follow procedure.
“As long as they don’t follow procedure all those who will found in that demonstration be it 10 people all whatever we are going to arrest them because not going to allow such a situation because these are the situations that end being sources of anarchy,,” she said.
Meanwhile Ms Munganga said the police does not go after students locked in their rooms but that they only break doors of the students they see running away from the scene of the riots.
Asked how it can be possible the police to properly identify students considering the distance between the hostels and great east road Ms Munganga said the police are able to remember the faces of the students who take part in the riots.