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A fourth year female student of Zambia’s main university died in Friday dawn clashes between female students and police.
Vespers Shimuzhila, a student of the university’s School of Education, is alleged to have suffocated to death from tear gas canisters fired by police.
Students of the University of Zambia, UNZA, had staged protests against delayed meal and accommodation allowances, the local Zambia Reports said.
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Police are said to have fired teargas canisters at the predominantly female hostel forcing the students to jump from their windows for fear of arrest.
It is not the first time that students have rioted, similar riots resulted in a number of students being expelled.
Reports indicate that some students have since blocked key roads and burning tyres and business booths by the roadside.
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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.
Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.
“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”
It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”
The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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