Lecturers, students nabbed over riots


POLICE in Livingstone have arrested nine students and three lecturers at the Livingstone Institute of Business and Engineering Studies (LIBES) for alleged riotous behaviour over unpaid salaries and gratuity.
And the go-slow by lecturers at LIBES yesterday entered the second day.
Southern Province commissioner of police Godwin Phiri said in an interview yesterday that police suspect that three lecturers allegedly incited students to riot.
Mr Phiri identified the three lecturers as Joseph Kaira, 45, a lecturer of building and construction, John Nkosa, 28, a lecturer of business studies and Slivia Lutangu, 52, a lecturer of business studies, while the students have been identified as Alick Sakala, Lommy Kataba, Frank Mukoti and Paul Malamo.
Others are Ignatius Kayimbi, Chileshe Katongo, Milimo Kasenzi and Andrew Chama.
He said all the suspects were arrested between 09:00 hours and 11:00 hours at LIBES yesterday.
Mr Phiri said the principal and the entire management have resumed work and that the situation is calm.
“To incite or behave in a riotous manner is illegal and anyone participating in such commits an offence under section 76 of the Penal Code of the Laws of Zambia and the penalty is seven years imprisonment with hard labour,” he said.
And LIBES board chairperson Jocelyn Mutinta pleaded with the lecturers to resume work.