The six former UNZA graduates who were recently arrested after staging a protest over high unemployment have described as illogical former President Michael Sata’s daughter Stella for graduates to venture into entrepreneurship as illogical.
The six who have now being named Jobless six feel Stella should be the last person to offer advice to young people on entrepreneurship.
Featuring on the HotSeat radio program on Hot FM, three of the six youths condemned Stella’s reaction to their protest and accused her of mocking their joblessness.
The three, Frederick Kapambwe who graduated in 2004 in Environmental Education, Vincent Chaile, a 2013 Bachelors of Science graduated and Gasto Boniface Mugande who left UNZA in 2014 with a degree in Public Administration and Economics said their crusade over the lack of jobs will spark a revolution in Zambia.
‘For Stella, she is a child who has never suffered, some of us were brought up in a ghetto and we are closer to reality, there is no way someone who has never suffered and has never been to UNZA, she was taken to Malaysia because she didn’t even quality to come to UNZA can start asking us to start selling tomatoes,’ Chaile said.
Mugande said the Jobless six have all done their level business to find jobs but to no avail’.
‘We have done everything, which country I don’t know in Southern Africa because i did cross border trade. I used to suffer to pay my school fees, i even delayed to graduate because of school fees then after finishing hoping to get a good job only to receive wrong advice from a daughter of the late President Mr Sata that i should go back to the streets and sell tomatoes. I think that is misguided especially coming from the child of the former President, it is quite unfortunate,’ Mugande said.
Kapambwe said, ‘It is sad to learn that throughout my school life in Zambia, i didn’t come across any lesson to teach me to write a business proposal, i was just taught to write application letters.’
He added, ‘I used to buy laptops from China and resell but because of the dollar issue, i have stopped because i will be making losses because of weak Kwacha.
Chaile said most young entrepreneurs face difficulties with accessing capital and that most of the young people are from poor family and do not have c collateral.
He also condemned Government for imposing the new retirement and freezing the wage freeze.
Kapambwe stated that Zambia’s developmental challenges today are due to leadership and policy problems.
‘The business environment is unfriendly making it very difficult to start a business in Zambia,’ he said.
They also condemned Government for issuing over 30,000 work permits to foreigners despite work deficit without considering the plight of local people.