President Lungu
President Lungu

President Edgar Lungu says the closure of the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University is a good lesson for the students.

Speaking to journalists last evening at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, shortly before departure for the Vatican where he is expected to meet Pope Francis, President Lungu said he had warned the students, but that some forces of evil are playing on their minds.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has arrived in Rome, Italy, ahead of his official visit to the Vatican, on Friday.

This is at the invitation of Pope Francis.

President Lungu, who is accompanied by First Lady, Esther, arrived at Fiumicino Airport, on Thursday, at 13:55 Hours Zambian time.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to the Vatican, Muyeba Chikonde and Zambia’s Ambassador to Italy, Getrude Mwape welcomed the President.
During his official visit to Europe, President Lungu is expected to also visit France, at the invitation of President Francois Hollande.

According to President Lungu’s programme, will on Friday, hold a meeting with Pope Francis and the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

During the two-day official visit, President Lungu will also tour Saint Peter’s Basilica.

And Mr Kalaba has told Journalists in Rome, that the visit of the President is historic and aimed at cementing the relations with the Catholic Church and the Vatican, in particular.

Apart from meeting Pope Francis, President Lungu is also expected to hold bilateral talks with the Food and Agriculture Organization -FAO- and International Fund for Agricultural Development -IFAD.

President Lungu is also expected to meet Zambians living in Italy, before leaving for France, on Saturday afternoon, for another official visit.

Mr Lungu becomes the third Zambian head of state, after the Late Levy Patrick Mwanawasa and Former President, Kenneth Kaunda to visit the Vatican.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. I thought Lungu went to vatican for confession and repentance with the pope himself,,,,, i was looking forward for a sober and `holly` lungu,,, but no it wont happen!!! he is issuing commands for students to be shot dead straight after confession

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    • Now that is Edgar’s vision meaning no vision. How can a president be so casual as though he never went to UNZA? This man does not understand the value of education.

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    • UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN ZAMBIA ARE VERY UN SERIOUS AND LACK FORESIGHT. STUDENTS SHOULD LEARN THE SKILLS OF NEGOTIATING RATHER THAN THE SKILLS OF THROWING STONES THAT THEY HAVE PERFECTED. WHEN THE ACADEMIC GOING GETS TOUGH, PLEASE, DON’T TURN TO STONES. TURN TO MORE RESEARCH IN TEXT BOOKS AND ON THE INTERNET. THE NUMBER OF STONE YOU ACHIEVE TO THROW AT POLICE OFFICER, PASSERS-BY AND VEHICLES WILL NEVER IMPROVE YOUR COURSES COMPREHENDING. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THERE A FEW STUDENTS WHO SERIOUSLY WENT TO LEARN AND ACHIEVE A DEGREE BUT BEING DISTURBED BY EMPTY HEADS.

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    • imwe why do you still want to associte yourselves with catholics? ninshi imwe history tamubelenga? chaba shani kanshi? these catholics are the people at the centre of slave trade with bartholomew de las casas and the pope then approving the enslavement of africans justifying the action by saying africans were less than humans. Remember the pope is infallible meaning he does not make a mistake. so by default, if the said africans are less than human, it stands to reason that till to date africans are less than humans according to these catholics!!!!

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    • STUDENT’s, he has thrown down the gauntlet! THE CHALLENGE IS YOURS – ORGANISE YOURSELVES TO MASSIVELY DECAMPAIGN this Chakolwa & his pack of thieves – 11/8/2016 Kuya bebele!!!!!! Go to your homes, your villages, market squares, on mini-buses, BEER-HALLS of all places DECAMPAIGN the chakolwa!! Make him fall as prophesed by his name: “Chagwa!!!

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    • Two main Universities close in the country and the President thinks its a lesson to the Students!!! The question is, why did the students riot in the first place? Answer, unpaid meal allowances. Who was responsible for unpaid meal allowances? Answer, Treasury, Ministry of finance, Ministry of Education, in short, the Government. Then President should have fired a few individuals responsible for unpaid allowances instead of closing the Universities. The person who should learn a lesson here is the Government and not students.

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  2. To us young Zambians reading this. Remember you can talk to Jesus at any time. You have a direct link to heaven. It is called repentance and prayer. Now back to business.

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    • Religion is nothing more than a form of brain washing, however innocently it is portrayed. Getting people to beleive in something that doesnt exist is ignorant to the extreme. Welcome to the 21st century.

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    • Mr Lungu president, IS THAT THE KIND OF LESSONS YOU THINK OUR CHILDREN SHOULD BE GETTING?

      We do not want them to end up FAILED LAWYERS and FAILED PRESIDENTS like you!

      Stuupid comment from a clueless clown! Don’t come and campaign telling us about the new Universities that PF has built. Tell us about the old ones PF has CLOSED!

      We are waiting to hear your CAMPAIGN SPEECHES!

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    • We should CLOSE DOWN State House and take Lungus MEAL ALLOWANCE away!

      Then maybe he would think twice before making such stupid comments.

      How can this clueless clown be entrusted to run Zambia. What were you people thinking?

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  3. Lungu DGAF whatsoever, I can just imagine him getting on a plane saying, “that’s should serve as a lesson to all students..”. Waved the PF fist symbol & got on a plane with no remorse but filled with excitement because he’s visiting Italy !

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    • You might find that the cost of the tripe could cover the needs of the students, very sad indeed. The only hope we should have is that he might learn about humility which is abundant in the Pope.

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    • Nigga Lungu is out of touch for sure. This tourist is going to visit Italy instead of attending to issues that really matter to the Zambian people. This fool will rig election and continue to loot from this already poor country. Zambians on the ground wake up and stop this non sense.

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    • For Gods sake its high time these students were treated as adults and not taken for kids for soon it will be from the same group that political leaders will emerge! Rather than teargassing and batons start with consultations and dialogue than “addressing” them, a two way communication approach will sort out a lot of misunderstanding!

      To opposition parties encourage the students to act as free campaign agents in areas they come from to bring about change.

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  4. It is time to abolish vamahala , a student from an impoverished family should not be in the forefront disarming a police officer. I urge GRZ to consider abolishing all student financing in every form and you will see sanity at these institutions. There will be nothing to riot for, it’s either one pays or are sent home for none payment of school fees. You will never see anybody taking to the streets, they do so now for they have nothing to loose. Everything GRZ is paying and what GRZ is getting back is insults even from people who are supposed to be beggars why? GRZ must swallow the bitter pill and discipline these criminals once and for all. Unza is now ranked 2627 in the world and 70 in Africa. CBU is 12,613 in the world and not ranked in Africa. Is this not enough shame to these…

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    • @Kapoma Kabaso: Our Children have a RIGHT to quality Education, it is NOT a privilege. Govt has an obligation to provide quality education to our children, that is the reason we all pay Tax. Students are not beggars, they are entitled to be paid the bursaries by Govt.
      For those of you with money, options are plenty, you can take your children to private schools within Zambia or abroad.
      Why would you want to deprive the poor from getting educated?
      Your ratings, if at all correct, are a result of poor funding to our Universities which in most cases result in the Lecturers and/ Students unrest we witness.

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    • @kapomo kabaso

      Who is your GRZ? Do you think that it is Lungu and and his PF gang of thieves?

      Wake up my friend. GRZ is the Nation. Not a small bunch of selfish unprincipled individuals that are only interested in enriching themselves at the expense of everybody else.

      Those in Government have been given the job of using OUR MONEY, OUR TAXES, for the benefit of OUR CHILDREN. But instead they have hijacked these funds for themselves.

      Just what Lungu has spent on his gallivanting travels would have given thousands of Zambian youth a decent education.

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  5. This is how this guy has sealed his fate. Social cash transfer to simple minded rural folk will not help him. Ultimately what may matter are the final instructions he will receive from the Masonic grandmaster in the Vatican.

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  6. Comment: You think students have the right to destroy property and disturb peace of innocent Zambians ?

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    • Of course they do not have a right to do this.

      But be objective. But if Lungu and Kaingu had not FAILED TO DO THE JOB THEY ARE BEING PAID HUGE SALARIES TO DO, THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED!

      These clowns have failed to manage the economy, failed to manage Zesco, failed to manage our mines, and now it is absolutely clear that they have also FAILED to manage our educational institutions.

      Put the blame on the REAL CULPRITS, not make the students scapegoats for PF INCOMPETENCE.

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  7. This is the only way these students will learn. They are busy inciting their friends to misbehave but who is going to lose? I guess it’s them

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  8. Meanwhile the lazy bum Edgar with his entourage are on an irrelevant tour of Europewasting taxpayers money instead of making payments on time!

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  9. Foolish comment ba Lungu-where do you find money to corrupt marketeers? Thats why some people dont take their children to these useless universities which the Govt has failed to run

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  10. Let these criminals disguised as students learn something from this and government should only open after elections. After all FTJ closed UNZA for 7 months in 1997 and atleast after reopening people used to fear closures and as a result riots were minimized. Let that dirty and stinking scumbag called Ichilema find them a university. Very uneducated students

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  11. The students are demonstrating for their rights. No need to cut their education, that is so wrong. As for the president saying there is an evil spirit behind it? lol that is always the answer. The truth is these are not illiterates like in the villages and shanty compounds they are dealing with. These are educated leaders to be of our country.

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  12. Some of those students can’t even go home during recess and now government has declared that everyone should leave before midnight.Biting a finger that feeds you.

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  13. The students were starving, Kaingu only paid them meal allawances after they demonstrated. What did you want them to do, start stealing and robbing inorder to eat ???

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  14. We have money for marketers not budgeted for but for education lungu has no money which was budgeted for this is year
    This is bad governance but you have lost votes bwana remember you won with only 28000 votes the number is reducing

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  15. Any thing bad PF will say it is either opposition or its globle, they have failed they should Goooooo, EL should go back chawama on 12/08/2016 student please show EL the exit door. Viva UPND and team

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  16. Dont bb selfish which rights are u talking about. These are not the only universities in zambia.some are private taking same courses. But why shud govt pay for some in govt leaving ones in private. All these are zambians to be employed in govt and private,
    STOP THIS NONSE ONCE AND FOR ALL ~GIVE TO THOSE COMING FROM SELECTED RURAL SCHOOLS, FAR FROM ANY DISTRICT WITH VERY GUD RESULTS ANY POOR PERFORMANCE WTHDRAW,MISSING CLASSES CHASE,RIOT CHASE,KEEPING PEOPLE IN ROOMS CHASE,POLITICIAN CHASE ETC LET THE GAP BE FELT.
    OR SALE IT TO THE LOWEST BIDDER LEAVE SOME SHARES SO THAT WE SEE NEXT STEP OF JJ

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  17. The President of the Republic of Zambia (not Choma), His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has spoken, and I agree with him 100%. I actually recommended this to Hon Kaingu last week in order to contain the Violent tools of UPND. Next topic please !

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  18. No Mr. President. We have heard this talk before in these kinds of situations and 40 years down the road we are still in this. There is a reason why those institutions erupt, whether the students are justified or not. Until that is fixed, punishing the students is not a solution. This is not to condone violence but to imply that we need a sociological approach into the problem at large.

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  19. This is irresponsibility of government failure to deal with issues. From grade 1 to grade 12, students are not taught to respect property as a result this is the behavior which students at university and college have. The president and leadership should not blame students because they did the same and set precedent. The solution is to teach students to respect property and why. It has always been known that when students’ needs are not met they destroy property. Measures to protect the property of the public was not put in place before students took to streets. Neither do I support the behavior of destroying property nor failure by the government to meet students needs when the money is being mismanaged. Closure of Universities is not only a lesson to students but mainly to the…

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  20. Closure of Universities is not only a lesson to students but mainly to the government which has the obligation to provide education and has power to solve students concerns amicably, and to parents who have a duty to teach their children to respect property. The government should grow up and stop blaming opposition and students for it’s failure to provide on time. Alternately, the government should start negotiating with students 4 to 6 months in advance that it would not pay them on time so that students can find alternatives to meet their needs.

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  21. I look back and remember how KK @ Grey Zulu looked after us very well. I owe my education to Super Ken. Long Live super Ken

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  22. I look back and remember how KK @ Grey Zulu cared for our education. I owe my education to Super Ken. Long Live super Ken

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  23. Agreed eith someone above,indeed religion is the worst thing to have happened to a black man,it is even worser than slavery for it gave birth to slavery and continues to brainwash masses to this day.

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  24. This matter of the students is really dear to my heart.First and foremost,violence and property damage is not the solution.The problem that has plagued our universities over the years includes poor funding,lack of investment and a clear lack of a business financing model in order to get value for money.For those people who are just focusing on condemning the students,you don’t have the whole picture.History reveals that this has been the trend for decades and government has never resolved this problem.Government has not resolved this problem,this altitude of smearing everything on students must come to an end,government is not entirely innocent.Don’t tell the students that its a privilege,education is a right.All of those in government positions went through what the students are going…

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  25. Kapoma Kabaso – It is not Lungu’s money. Even the ones you are calling poor pay Edgar Lungu in form taxes for anything they buy. Lungu uses the same to send his children and grand children to schools outside Zambia from the same people you are calling poor.

    So what is wrong for them to ask for a share from the national cake. Please do not expose your dullness before you write.

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  26. I feel sad to see how our Zambian students behave. I was a student in Germany and sometimes a few dollars were sent to me by my family and gvt took 6 months with no allowance but I continued to studyl. Now every small delay these students have been spoiled. To me they can go on idefinate closure of universities. The private universities pay fees and appreciate the contribution of their parents, but not UNZA, no, spoiled indeed. Let them stay home and some of them come from good families. No mercy from me.How can a student frm high institution go round in underpants and a catapult? Education has gone to the dogs or the dogs to the university.

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  27. This is one of the most awful statements that a president can utter. His advisors are doing a very poor job. Currently, South African universities are experiencing a turbulent time over sponsorship with students destoying university property. The government there is addressing the problem by pumping more billions of Rands into the higher education sector. There is even a committee of VCs to examine the pertinent issues. President Zuma and his government has not merely dismissed the students’ issues with contempt. This president needs to polish his off the cuff statements.

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  28. The lesson is don’t throw stones at innocent civilians,
    Learn to negotiate with government – a minister comes to address you, you walk out on him?
    Last but not the least and importantly, don’t turn petty money issues into political issues by your favored politicians!
    Its good the two campuses have been closed!
    Reopening after August 11!
    Ba monk mukaluchulafye…

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  29. Students need to rise above demonstration, for crying out loud this are intellectuals or maybe perceived to be intellectuals from the highest learning institutions in the country. For them to sink so low and take their anger to the streets is actually disturbing, honestly destroying peoples property, people who have nothing to do with students well being, people who are struggling to make ends meet, then silly students who can’t reason go and destroy their property is actually shocking. Demonstrations are a thing of a past these days even high school students don’t do it any more.

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  30. The students are foolish. They really deserve this . What are the going to gain from rioting?will it bring the food?The answer is a big NO!They must learn to solve issues amicably.Rioting will not improve their qualifications .HH is a stupid liar and should not be listened to>He is is a brain washer.IFINU NI LUNGU 2016

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  31. Proverbs 13:1,15-16
    A wise son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
    Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors [is] hard.
    Every prudent [man] dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open [his] folly.

    Proverbs 10:1 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.
    Proverbs 15:21 Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

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  32. Other way round Lungu but only if you and your entourage knew the value of education. Kaingu is the worst person to be in charge of schools. Both politicians and students need to sit down and compromise or rather collaborate. What a shame that we have a visionless president. No Vision! No Leadership and the reason they all flock from one party to the next. There goes Bashi No! No! to UPND another vision-less chap accepting those who opposed him. Yaba!

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