Two Zambian universities closed after student protests

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Zambia closed two government universities on Wednesday following violent student protests over unpaid meal allowances, its higher education minister said.

Minister Michael Kaingu said the government had indefinitely closed the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University to protect people’s lives and property.
“All students are expected to leave the two university campuses by midnight tonight,” Kaingu told a media briefing.

Police had apprehended 26 University of Zambia students who blocked a road and stoned motor vehicles in Lusaka late on Tuesday during the protest, police spokeswoman Charity Chanda said.

Dozens of other students at the Copperbelt University in Kitwe who were involved in a separate protest were apprehended, Chanda said.