Ten of the 25 Copperbelt University (CBU) students who were apprehended for alleged riotous behaviour yesterday appeared in the Kitwe Magistrate Court and pleaded not guilty while the other 15 were remanded in custody after their cases were deferred.
The 25 CBU students have been charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace and public terror.
Allegations before the courts were that on February 1st 2016, 25 CBU students while acting together with others unknown students, rioted at the university and caused damage.
Out of 25 students 10, who appeared before the Kitwe Magistrate Kapinda Chipamu, pleaded not guilty to the charge and have since been granted bail upon production of two sureties from recognized companies in Kitwe district.
But, Magistrate Chipamu granted the ten suspects bail of K2, 000 each considering that they were students.
The other 15 students who appeared before principle resident Magistrate Iduma Ikechukwu were sent to Kamfinsa State Prison and would appear in court on February 15.
And Police in Livingstone have arrested 12 people at the Livingstone Institute for Business and Engineering Studies (LIBES) following a protest that characterized the institution yesterday.
Southern Province Police Commissioner Goodwin Phiri confirmed the arrest of 10 students and two lecturers.
Mr. Phiri has charged that it was a serious offence for any person to engage in a riotous behaviour and take the law in their own hands.
The students yesterday fought running battles with the police who moved in to quell the protests that saw some students being apprehended.
They students who were angered by the go slow by their lecturers decided to join the protest by demanding for the removal of School Principal Thomas Kalantiya and his training manager Daniel Mwale.
On Monday morning, lecturers and allied workers marched from the student’s hall to the administration block singing solidarity songs demanding that there should be no intimidation.
Some of the messages on the placards which they carried read, “Mwale must go, we don’t need memos for delayed salaries, pay our NAPSA, pay our union money, pay our gratuity, pay our salaries”
National Union of Technical Education Lecturers and Allied Workers (NUTELAW) LIBES branch chairperson, Joseph Kaira said the workers are demanding for change in the management at the learning institution.