61 pupils ar­rested in Kitwe

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By NA­TION RE­PORTER PO­LICE in Kitwe have ar­rested and de­tained 61 pupils from var­i­ous schools for al­leged ri­otous be­hav­iour when they staged a protest over govern­ment's de­ci­sion to post­pone this year's grade nine ex­am­i­na­tions.

The pupils, most of them grade nine pupils from Kami­tondo, Kwacha, Kawama and Buteko Ba­sic schools staged a protest near the Zambia Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (ZNBC) round about. Cop­per­belt Po­lice Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Char­ity Katanga con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said the 61 pupils have been charged with con­duct likely to cause the breach of the peace and have been de­tained at Riverside Po­lice Sta­tion. "Yes, I can con­firm that po­lice re­ceived the re­port of pupils protest­ing near ZNBC round­about and of­fi­cers rushed to the scene. At the scene, 61 pupils mostly grade nine pupils were ar­rested and de­tained at Riverside Po­lice Sta­tion. "They have been charged with con­duct likely to cause the breach of the peace and would soon ap­pear in court. Let me has­ten to warn that po­lice will not en­ter­tain law­less­ness by peo­ple who want to take the law into their own hands,'' Ms Katanga said.

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