Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary, Emmanuel Chikoya has attributed to the death of Vespers Shimuzhila a 4th year student at the University of Zambia, Great East Campus as the institution not having a union to represent the students.
Father Chikoya said the students could have not staged a peaceful demonstration to air their grievances if they had a union.
In May last year, Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo banned activities of unions at UNZA stating that they are recipe for anarchy and chaos at institutions of learning.
In a statement to the media in Lusaka today by CCZ Communications Officer, Michael Mazakaza, Fr. Chikoya noted that what transpired resulting into the death of Ms. Shimuzhila is heart-breaking and must be strongly condemned without reservations.
He said what the Church does not support is destructive demonstrations such as damaging property and closing roads hence, affecting other citizens in the process.
Meanwhile, Fr Chikoya said it is the duty of the Police to ensure that there is law and order at the university adding that, lives are also supposed to be protected not lost.
The clergyman called on Zambia Police Officers to be professional at all times in the execution of their duties.
The CCZ GS and Human Rights Commission Spokesperson Mweelwa Muleya have vowed to follow up with the matter until justice is done.
President Edgar Lungu has since called for thorough investigations into the disturbances that occurred at the University of Zambia where a student suffocated following a riot over bursary.
And the Chief Government Spokesperson, Dora Siliya said that it is regrettable that the riots started after some students attended a UPND press briefing in Lusaka were inflammatory statements were allegedly issued.