Blame out­siders for riot, says Mu­soma

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

ZAM­BIANS know that Uni­ver­sity of Zam­bia (UNZA) riot was in­sti­gated by out­siders and the po­lice just went there to quell the sit­u­a­tion, says Zam­bia Repub­li­can Party Wright Mu­sonda. Mr Mu­soma said that there were many in­sin­u­at­ing fac­tors re­gard­ing what hap­pened at UNZA. He said it was clear that stu­dents were in­sti­gated by a named po­lit­i­cal party. Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion Mr Mu­soma said it was clear to this party that it was not go­ing to win an elec­tion ever again and that was why it had re­sorted to games of vi­o­lence. Mr Mu­soma was re­act­ing to a head­line in the Mast news­pa­per “Ar­rest Killer Cops” which de­manded for the pros­e­cu­tion of the po­lice over the UNZA saga even be­fore in­ves­ti­ga­tions were done which he said was quiet dis­turb­ing. “I want to tell the peo­ple who are mak­ing such scream­ing head­lines that it does not mat­ter if you are the peo­ple be­hind the death and the ri­ots at UNZA which oc­curred, the law is com­ing for you, “The Zam­bian peo­ple know what hap­pened at UNZA, that the riot was in­sti­gated by out­siders and they also know that the po­lice just went to curb the riot be­cause there are a lot of in­sin­u­at­ing fac­tors re­gard­ing the whole is­sue,” he said Mr Mu­soma said whether some peo­ple liked it or not, no amount of scream­ing head­lines lies would help them es­cape jus­tice once the truth was out. Mr Mu­soma ex­plained that, there was no way the stu­dents would have started the riot be­cause their meal al­lowances were not due, adding that putting the blame on them did not make any sense. He also won­dered why if at all the stu­dents had a prob­lem they would re­sort to go­ing in the streets, at­tack­ing in­no­cent peo­ple, burn­ing and de­stroy­ing in­fra­struc­ture as a so­lu­tion to their prob­lem. Mr Mu­soma warned that if Pres­i­dent Lungu failed to take ac­tion af­ter the cul­prits were iden­ti­fied, his party would raise a protest.

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