The Zambia National Students Union has strongly condemned MMD MPs led by party Chairman Kabinga Pande for abandoning the party’s official presidential candidate Dr Nevers Mumba.
ZANASU Vice President Prince Ndoyi said it is regrettable that Mr Pande and his fellow MPs have decided to endorse rival candidates.
Mr Ndoyi told a media briefing Friday morning that the actions of the MMD MPs border on selfishness and immorality by abandoning Dr Mumba.
‘As students from various higher learning institutions, we face various challenges at institutional and academic levels but we feel these challenges should not stop us from commenting on national issues,’ Mr Ndoyi said.
He added, ‘we would like to register and express our disappointment with some rebellious MMD MPs who are wasting their energies in destabilising their own political party, the worst part is that these MPs have voluntarily decided to breach their own constitution and endorse their support to another political party.’
The ZANASU Vice President added, ‘it seems not be a big deal but Zambia ought to ask questions whether these MPs even consult their constituencies and whether the constituents even approve of such immoral and selfish moves, definitely not.’
‘At this stage, we expect all these political parties and less squabbles and less of political prostitution, we expect them to provide their manifesto and what they have to offer to the country.’
And Mr Ndoyi has requested that all presidential candidates must sign social contracts to operationalise the loan scheme for university and college students.
He said students should be empowered with loans as a way of improving education standards in Zambia.
‘All political parties should sign a social contract on the operationalisation of this loan scheme, come and see us at our offices and sign this social contract with us so that every child in Zambia can have a future through education,’ Mr Ndoyi said.