Police in Lusaka have arrested six former University of Zambia students for unlawful assembly.
Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda in a statement says the students were among others dressed in graduation gowns that ran away upon noticing Police presence.
Mrs Chanda says the former students had gathered at Arcades shopping complex around 10:00 hours this morning to protest over unemployment.
Ms Chanda says six arrested former students are currently in Police custody and will appear in court soon.
Those arrested are former UNZASU president Vincent Chali,former UNZASU vice president Fredrick Kapambwe,Jasper Lupaka,Percy Malambo,Gusto Mgande and Damien Nkausu.
Meanwhile former University of Zambia Student’s Union (UNZASU) President Steven Kyengula has accused United Party for National Development (UPND) Leader Hakainde Hichilema of sponsoring the protest by former University of Zambia (UNZA) students who were arrested this morning for protesting over unemployment.
Mr Kyengula who is also PF Director of Mobilization at the National Youth Centre says people are aware of the scheme by the opposition leader to allegedly cause unrest in the country by taking advantage of the unemployed youths by using them to demonstrate.
He has implored youths in the country not to allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians.
Mr Kyengula says Mr. Hichilema should not wait until he is in State House to provide employment to the youths in the country.
He states that the PF government under leadership of President Edgar Lungu has promised and shown political in providing employment and empowering youths with entrepreneurship skills.
He has since encouraged youths to engage government in dialogue on how best government can help address the challenges they are facing.
Mr Kyengula says youths should not be enticed to do things for the sake of money but should reason and begin to conduct themselves in a manner that is acceptable.
He has further urged politicians in the country to desist from using youths as tools of violence.
But UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has refuted allegations that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is behind the foiled protest by former University of Zambia students over unemployment in the country.
Mr Lifwekelo says the party has a lot of things to concentrate on right now.
Mr. Lifwekelo explains that the issue is that the former students have issues that they want to present to government and government should listen to them and correct the situation instead of accusing UPND of being behind the protest.