President Edgar Lungu at Statehouse in Ceremony on Thursady 7th January 2016. Picture by Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse.
President Edgar Lungu

President Edgar Lungu has condemned the action by Copperbelt University students to resort to riotous behavior.
Speaking upon arrival from the Copperbelt at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport this morning, President Lungu says it is wrong for the students to destroy innocent people’s property over matters that can be resolved amicably.

He has since appealed to parents to prevail over their children against resorting to violence as a way of airing their grievances.

Meanwhile the Copperbelt University students Union (COBUSU)says the students’ violent protest last night was sparked by the decision taken by the University management to suspended the COBUSU leadership.

COBUSU president Humphrey Mwenya tells QFM News that the university management has no right to suspend the students Union Leadership.

He says instead of dealing with the issue of allowances, management has found it easy to suspend the COBUSU leadership.

Mr. Mwenya states that students have resolved not to resume class until the entire council of students of over 80 students that has been suspended is reinstated.

He adds that the students also want all outstanding meal, accommodation and project allowances to be paid.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. You are busy building a church at the cost of katwishi million dollars also stealing but you can’t pay us allowances and even can’t pay our lecturers.

    Anyway thanks Mr. Kaminamisa the outgoing president. Start writing inside State House walls that EL the drunkard was here.

    August HH wamano comes inside.

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    • The church building will be constructed by stake holders funds not govt. Opposition supports violent behaviour no wonder such comments. Hungry hyenas. Mukose

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    • You the students are also a problem, you behave like you are not from higher learning institutions. didn’t you see that Lungu was a failure? Just because they dashed you with cash then?? you ended up voting for PF. Now eat your own rubbish. don’t complain. Please stop damaging innocent individuals property?

      It;s high time people started shooting these stupid students for self defense. they should stop this nonsense. if you want go break Government offices.

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    • This man, Edgar Lungu is always surprised; he was surprised there were TB patients at the hospital and the last 12 months CBU has been very unstable an the head of state is surprised there are riots there. Edgar is too average, a failed lawyer that was once debarred for embezzlement of a clients funds. The job of president is too big for him

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    • His good at passing the buck. Now the parents need to discipline the students, before its not his fault the economy is in a sorry state.

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  2. I hope the President is also disappointed with the Delays in paying the students their allowances and will act shiftily to avoid any further suffering his Govt has caused.

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  3. These students need to be expelled. Why should they always resort to violence? Batanfyeni ama shukulu bakabwa abo

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  4. These students need to be expelled. Why should they always resort to violence? Batanfyeni ama shukulu bakabwa abo nabayasana ba mwansakabinga

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  5. Just close that college and expel most of these students. Batanfyeni ama shukulu bakabwa abo nabayasana ba mwansakabinga

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  6. The Zambian tertiary education scene is far from inspiring. The other day it was a report of CBU staff not paid their December salaries. Today it is students rioting over unpaid allowances. What on earth is going on? Is the GRZ broke? It is high time the president started taking his ministers to task. Humbleness is only good for impressing in-laws but it does not work when one is running a country. If anything it is taken as a sign of weakness by untouchable ministers – and they are quite a number in the ECL administration.

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  7. Govt is not priotising running of the Universities in the country. It’s either Lecturers are not working because they have not been paid or students have not been paid or University workers are on strike etc. We need to stabilise these Higher learning Institutions Mr Minister of Higher Education. UNZA, Great East Campus was so stable and well funded under KK to the extent of attracting students from outside Zambia.
    If at the moment we are struggling to run the few Universities we have, how are we going to run an increased number of Universities when all the planned Universities in the 10 provinces are completed?

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  8. Our President needed to visit CBU when he was in Kitwe on Sunday to understand the problem at hand than speaking at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport after arriving in Lusaka from the Copperbelt, to me this shows lack of commitment in solving problems the country is facing. President Lungu for once needs to show visionary leadership which is critical for the position he holds. Sir for once, please be a visionary leader to inspire the Zambian people than continue ” issuing”threats that you will win the 11/8/2016 elections when you are failing to solve simple problems like the CBU issue.

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  9. Mwilabepa ubufi baice.

    Demos, boycotts and rioting have been trademarks of our two Universities from before the MMD era.
    Therefore, give us a break.

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  10. Kawambwa you want edgar to show visionary leadership when infact he openly told you he is visionless.

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