UNZA students in near riot over allowances


THERE was a near riot at the University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road Campus on Friday evening after students failed to access their accommodation and project allowances.
The Bursaries Committee was scheduled to pay the allowances by end of last week but the students had by Friday afternoon not received the money.
Several students who spoke to the Sunday Times revealed that the Bursaries Committee was scheduled to pay them allowances by Friday but had not done so, a situation that annoyed them.
But when contacted, UNZASU president Steven Kyengula, said according to information from the Bursaries Committee, the funds had already been released but that the money had not yet been cleared by the bank.
Mr Kyengule assured that the money would be accessed by next week.
A check at the Great East Road Campus yesterday found that calm had returned and students were going about their business normally.
The students later trooped to the Great East Road where they blocked and lit a bourne fire at the foot brigade.
Police, who rushed to the area, were forced to divert motorists to roads in Kalundu residential area.

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