TWENTY-SIX University of Zambia students who were arrested and charged with idle and disorderly conduct in protest against non-payment of meal allowances have denied the charge in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.
The students appeared in different court rooms before Magistrates Sylvia Munyinya and Fides Hamaundu.
Before Magistrate Hamaundu was Ngandu Lushomo,20, Omah Mwansa, 24, Webster Kayope, 20, Kayombo Mbundu, 24, John Mbonge, 20, Reuben Kamanga, 21, Muhau Lubinda, 22, Muzyamba Munaswaba, 23, Dominic Beenzu, 22, Ben Mwanza, 36, Temwa Singogogo, 22, Hantoongo Shaya, 20, Kapanda Kapanda, 24, and Nyambe Sepiso, 21.
The students denied the charges.
And before Magistrate Munyinya were Katongo Chilufya, Kaluzi Silanda, Sitali Nawa, Pumulo Musheke, Gregory Chimbwali, Sage Nalishuwa, Jason Mulambya, Katongo Sakala, Elija Mulenga, Mark Chingumbe, Teddy Mbulo, Chizwell Siawala and Alan Mwape.
The 26 are facing a charge of idle and disorderly conduct contrary to Section 178 of the laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on February 2 this year, while acting together with others unknown, the students did publicly conduct themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.
They have been granted K5,000 cash bail each in the like sum in their own recognizances with one working surety.
The matter comes up on February 23 for commencement of trial.
The students were arrested on February 2 in connection with a riot at the Great East Road campus.
They were arrested during a protest by students demanding to be paid full bursaries barely 24 hours after their counterparts at the Copperbelt University also rioted demanding to be paid their meal allowances.