The appellant, the secretary general of the University of Zambia Students Union, together with his president obtained a permit from the police for the students to hold a public rally at the Kafue Roundabout. They were later informed that the permit had been cancelled and called to the State House where the president ordered them not to hold their rally at Kafue Roundabout but at UNZA. The students, however, proceeded with the march at Kafue Roundabout. They were blocked by the police who told them to disburse. The students refused and were arrested.