by Daniel Chansa on 25 Sep 2018by Mirriam Chabala on 24 Sep 2018by Mukosha Funga on 24 Sep 2018by Mukosha Funga on 24 Sep 2018
- Goal Diggers
by Abraham Kalito on 25 Sep 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 24 Sep 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 24 Sep 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 20 Sep 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 25 Sep 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 22 Sep 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 21 Sep 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 21 Sep 2018
- Editor's Choice
by WECREATE I ZAMBIA on 13 Sep 2018by Mukubesa Mundia on 27 Jul 2018by Percy Chanda, UPND on 15 Jun 2018by Elias Munshya on 11 Jun 2018
by Diggers Editor on 24 Sep 2018by Diggers Editor on 22 Sep 2018by Diggers Editor on 21 Sep 2018by Diggers Editor on 20 Sep 2018
by Thomas Mulenga on 24 Sep 2018by Sampa Kabwela on 8 Sep 2018by Mirriam Chabala on 2 Sep 2018by Abraham Kalito on 5 Aug 2018
- Guest Diggers
by CUTS International on 25 Sep 2018by Dr Chisoni Mumba on 21 Sep 2018by Dr Felix Masiye and Dr Bona Chitah on 18 Sep 2018by Chibamba Kanyama on 17 Sep 2018
ZANASU demands release of 333 Hone studentsBy Mukosha Funga on 23 Mar 2018
Zambia National Students Union has demanded the release of 333 Evelyn Hone students who were arrested for protesting poor results saying they have a constitutional right to air their grievances.
On Wednesday afternoon, police apprehended 126 students who were marching to TEVETA to demand answers on their poor results.
Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Nelson Phiri confirmed to News Diggers! that the students were arrested for breaching peace.
“I don’t know who but we have arrested 126 students from Evelyn hone college for breaching the peace. [We arrested them] this afternoon,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement released, Thursday, Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo has disclosed that 207 more students were arrested for protesting around 23:00 hours yesterday, bringing the total number of those in detention to 333.
“Police in Lusaka arrested 207 more students in the Evelyn Hone riot which happened last night at about 23:00 hours. This brings the total number of those arrested to 333. Among the 207 arrested last night, 119 are male while 88 are female students. The students were repelled from going to the main road and later caused damage to the infrastructure at their school particularly the institutional Clinic and Administration block. They further pulled down the wall fence that demarcates Evelyn Hone and NIPA also the one that demarcates Evelyn Hone and ZICAS,” stated Katongo.
“We have information that some of the students from NIPA participated in the confusion while there was none from ZICAS. Officers are still screening the students so as to establish the number of those coming from other institutions. All are detained in police custody.
We wish to advise the students at Evelyn Hone especially their Students Union to find amicable ways of addressing their grievance and the best approach would be to engage relevant authorities. As Police, we are not going to tolerate any lawlessness and those found outside the boundaries of what the Law provides for will be dealt with accordingly.”
The students are currently detained at Central Police.
But in a statement yesterday, ZANASU secretary general Wickson Mwenya stated that it was within the students’ rights to protest.
“It is with our greatest displeasure that we write to you concerning the recent happening that was attributed to the state police regarding the arrest of Evelyn Hone College students Union president and his colleagues. First and foremost, the state police and the public at large should know that the primary mandate of the Union is to provide representation to fellow students who co-exist in diversity within and outside the respective institutions of learning. This objective is historically being the instrument of promoting dialogue, oneness and consensus between students and the society and we strongly believe that the measure that was taken by the police to arrest these students whom we believe did not incite any form of violence at any point will potentially break the chain of dialogue and inclusiveness in the process of decision making,” Mwenya stated.
“Why should our colleagues be arrested like criminals for speaking out on the irregularities and un professionalism of the examinations body and the dramatic increase in tuition fees when in fact they were exercising their rights? The fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly which in any way did not cause public unrest? We are afraid that we are not giving respect to what we consider to be the foundation of mother Zambia. We are not giving respect to democracy which gives a platform for people to freely speak out on issues they feel are affecting them. And I strongly believe with whole my heart that these students were voicing out on matters which really matter to them. We demand that these students be released so that they can continue to enjoy their academic freedoms and other related freedoms.”
About Mukosha Funga
Mukosha Funga is a Zambian journalist interested in good governance and anti corruption reporting.
- People don’t use social media for any development, they call me prostitute – Luo - 24 Sep 2018
- Cabinet breaking the law by contracting loans without Parley approval – Sacika - 24 Sep 2018
- Police detain Chinese shooter who caused Kitwe riot - 22 Sep 2018
- Kabanshi can’t kill a fly, criminals have sacrificed her – Kambwili - 21 Sep 2018
- Clause on Parley approval for loans not a lacuna – TIZ - 20 Sep 2018
- Riots erupt in Buchi after cop shoots car washer
- Kabanshi is a very innocent accomplice
- People don't use social media for any development, they call me prostitute - Luo
- Lungu attacking the church because it's not supporting his cause - Mukuni
- Zambia’s debt is being used as a tool to force regime change- Wina
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
ArchivesOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend