Zambia: Police torch UNZA hostel after throwing teargas

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Staff Reporter

Zambia Police officers on Thursday night burnt a hostel at October block which houses female UNZA students during a student protest.

The protest which started around 22:00hrs on Thursday, continued until the early hours of Friday.

The students blocked the Great East Road as they burnt tires and brought down booths belonging to mobile service providers.

Students are demanding their meal and accommodation allowances which have been delayed since August.

The police officers were chasing after some students who had run towards the new residence for female students.

The officers continued firing teargas and in the process, one of the blocks at October hostels caught fire.

The female students, who hid in the block, scampered in all directions as others fell down and injuring themselves in the process.

The fire which started around 01:30, lasted for about 30 minutes.

Around 02:00 Hours, two Lusaka City Council fire trucks arrived on the scene but students had managed to quench the fire.

Lusaka Times

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