UNZA students vow to press on with protests
University of Zambia (UNZA) yesterday evening ran amok demanding the reopening of the highest learning institution in the country.
By 20:00 hours, students had blocked Great East Road, a major thoroughfare that passes by the university, by lighting a large fire on the road.
The students were threatening to break vehicles driving past. They promised to regroup at 10:00 hours today to press on with the riots.
Earlier in the day, the re-opening of the University of Zambia had been indefinitely postponed following a strike by unionized lecturers.
The lecturers have since withheld student’s results, a situation that has forced management to postpone the re-opening of the country’s highest learning institution.
Lecturers are demanding better pay and have refused to get the four per cent increment that management is offering them.
The refusal by lecturers to give results to senate has resulted in the university’s opening for this academic year being thrown into disarray.
First year students were supposed to start registering today and returning students were expected to return to campus next week but this has changed.
A notice to students at UNZA reads: “This is to inform all first year and returning students that Senate at its sitting of 21st June 2012, resolved to postpone the opening of the 2012 Academic Year which was scheduled for 24th June, 2012 and 8th July 2012 respectively, till further notice. This is due to unforeseeable circumstances. Students shall be informed of the new opening dates in due course. In this regard, all students are advised not to travel to the University of Zambia Great East Road Campus.”