EIGHT students at the University of Zambia (UNZA) were last night picked up by the police after taking to the streets in a wave of protests that have in the recent past characterized higher institutions of learning over allowances.

UNZA Lusaka campus was on fire as police and the student fought running battles. Police spokesperson Charity Munganga, who confirmed the incident to Daily Nation, said vehicles were forced to use alternative routes as students had blocked the road with stones and burning tyres.

Ms Munganga said the students who were seen crossing the footbridge were pushed back into campus by the police officers.   And yesterday, Government threatened to close the Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe if students continued with the riotous behavior.

Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu also charged that some CBU students were being used by opposition political leaders to fan confusion at the institution of higher learning.

Dr Kaingu said Government had information that some named opposition leaders had also been holding clandestine meetings with students.

He said Government would not fall prey to deceit and manipulation by the students.

Dr Kaingu said the Monday riots by CBU students in Kitwe were uncalled for and should not be condoned.

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