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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Closure of UNZA and CBU was inevitable under Circumstances of Anarchy

Columns Closure of UNZA and CBU was inevitable under Circumstances of Anarchy

UNZA students are currently mobilizing at monk square
UNZA students are currently mobilizing at monk square

By Kennedy Kamba, PF Lusaka Province Youth Chairman.

His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and his administration value education from nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary levels because it is fully persuaded that only an educated population can play a critical role in realizing the aspirations for a better Zambia. This commitment has been demonstrated by PF Government’s investment in the educational sector, including the recruiting of teaching personnel and massive investment in educational infrastructure, countrywide.

The clear intention of President Lungu and his Government is for institutions of learning to have uninterrupted academic calendars. But in the same regard, the student community equally has a duty to ensure that they prioritize existing avenues with the parent Ministry as opposed to reducing their grievances, no matter how genuine, into the levels of anarchy the country witnessed at UNZA and CBU the past few days. Nowhere in the world is it acceptable that students should bear weapons because we all know that the end result is loss of life and any responsible Government should act to prevent that. It is also criminal for anyone, including students to disarm a law enforcement officer and Zambians of goodwill must condemn such lawlessness.

Zambia cannot glorify lawlessness under the pretext of pleasing students at the expense of law and order. Nowhere in the world is the scenario of protesting students grabbing weapons from law enforcement officers tolerated. This is an abuse of democracy that politically motivated students bearing state weapons should be celebrated. We are a country of laws. Not even in the United States of America (USA) can glorify weapon-bearing students and we know that Ambassador Eric Schultz agrees with this position considering that he has been quite quick to condemn perceived wrongs from one end.

The Police have a duty to maintain public order and there is no glory in students throwing stones and damaging private property such as vehicles of the same taxpayers who sponsor their education. In any civilized society, there is always room for negotiations and lines of communication between President Lungu’s administration and the student community have always been open.

President Lungu has met student leaders on several instances and we are shocked that students chose not to exploit his extended olive branch and open-door policy. Without the closure, the situation could have led to loss of lives and extensive damage to private property and this must reflect the values of their sponsors in UPND.

Lastly, we wish to warn the Opposition UPND to stop funding confusion in higher institutions of learning. While this is an election year and it is in the interest of the Opposition to make, among others, UNZA and CBU ungovernable, we appeal to the Church, Civil Society Organizations and Members of the general public to condemn this politically-sponsored anarchy.

Weapon-bearing students created a slippery slope that could have degenerated into total disorder and loss of life. Had any life been lost in any of these institutions, it is the same Opposition and their friends at the Post Newspaper that would have turned around to pile the blame on President Lungu and his administration. The general student body must therefore refuse to be used by selfish and desperate politicians.

The few students being funded by the Opposition to trigger confusion cannot hold UNZA and CBU at ransom and neither will they be allowed to blackmail Government. Those who committed criminal acts such as disarming police officers must face consequences for their actions. We repeat that without the closure, the situation could have led to loss of lives and extensive damage to private property and this must reflect the values of their sponsors in UPND. It is only in Zambia that students bearing weapons can still be alive today.

31 COMMENTS

  1. Ok, you are right sir,( in one way or the other )
    But let the government learn that prevention is better than cure…

    • Where did this m..onkey emerge from??

      THIS IS DENIGRATING TO UNIV STUDENTS – A CALL-BOY talking down to them – he is got some nerve – UNZA CHAPS you better sort him out!! Atumpa sana mambala!!

    • If POLICE WERE DISARMED, just shows how s..tu..pi..d & inept they are!! It is what happens when you recruit unfit cadres – who know nothing about policing!!

    • LUNGU AND THE ZAMBIA POLICE FOMENTED ANARCHY AT THE TWO UNIVERSITIES. THE PROBLEM WITH LUNGU AND HIS FAILED PF IS FAILURE TO FULL FILL THEIR OBLIGATION TO TO PAY STUDENTS WHEN IT IS DUE, OR EXPLAIN TO STUDENTS IF YOU CAN’T PAY BECAUSE OF HAVING STOLEN THE MONEY AS GOVERNMENT LEADERS. PF AND LUNGU WILL BE HURT A GREAT DEAL ON AUGUST 11 FOR THEIR STUP.I.D ACT OF CLOSING THE SCHOOLS, DISRUPTING LEARNING DUE TO THEIR FAILURES TO GOVERN THE COUNTRY WELL.

  2. Those who disarmed the officers are actually Upnd thugs who are not students at the uni. Evidence is there to prove.

  3. Anarchy is anarchy when it suits you. Any comment on the anarchy at SMK international airport? Any comment on the anarchy in sinda? Chipata? Mulobezi? Kitwe? Radio station raids? Bus stops? markets? SELECTIVE ANARCHY SELECTIVE AMNESIA SELECTIVE TRIBALISM SELECTIVE POA we are also going to be SELECTIVE in August. You think you dealing with baby class

  4. Treating a disease by only dealing with symptoms and ignoring causes. How did the situaton get to that point. God please help Zambia, a country that has money for everthing except priorities. Overspending on yourselves and asking the youth to chill. You are entitled to pajeros v8s and alloance after allowance but students feed must be a previledge. I guess like Marie antonette said “let them eat cake” I hope you know how it ended for her. Everything it’s the opposition you starting to see ghosts now what planet do you live in where any good me me it’s me any negative them them it’s opposition

  5. Has Kamba been living in Zambia?
    This shows that this police brutality towards citizens is making citizens think the other way to defend themselves very soon police will come useless in Zambia and they will face the greatest resistance if they will not act professionaly

  6. It is “grobo”, it is Hh, it is China, it is commodity prices, it is the opposition, it is a regional, it is……

    Pleas PF kaponyas, no one listens to you avoiding responsibility anymore. Why were the students only paid meal allawances after they demonstrated???.
    My friend concentrate on what PF know best, enriching yourselves and spending public monies with impunity while you have a chance, August 11 is fast approaching.

  7. lets condenm the use of students by opposition. The students understand the econonmy and their homes very well. Many are the times their parents delayed their promise or obligations. Do they stone them?

    • Parents are never voted for but government campaigned that it will govern the nation better than successful governments, that is to sponsor vulnerable citizens at the two universities, and if it fails, they have a democratic right to protest. Have you ever wondered why they were not paid before rioting?

  8. No opposition is using students to fan trouble but changwa’s government has failed to meet the agreed allowances with the students because the treasury is dry. They are falsely proping up the Kwacha and sharing the cake among themselves. They have money to bribe marketeers, but have nothing to even pay salaries. The presido is global trotting with the venomous mumbi phiri and others paying themselves allowances Just wait and see how things unfold. Zambia headed for chaos as workers struggle to make ends meet due to delayed salaries.

  9. Listen to @8 assage and answer his question. Don’t just rumble like dunderheads, do the students stone their parents when the parents delay to purchase them the promised shirt? That is assage’s question.
    Please avoid reasoning like underfive who thinks government must export mealie meal and not maize in order to address the anticipated maize deficit due to drought. And that particular underfive aspires to rule us. Ati economic manager!

    • terrible
      Promising to buy a shirt and starvation are not the same thing my friend.
      The students were starving, they were only paid meal allawances after they demonstrated. Did you want them to resort to robbery to feed them selves??. you PF are full of excuses, every one else is to blame for your missmangment of GRZ resources. Now it is the oppositions fault why you only paid the students meal allawances after they demoed.

    • Clearly you are the dunderhead! When my parents cannot buy me a shirt, they can explain why. Let this group of dunderheads explain why they cannot pay students’ allowances when they are up and about in and out of the country using the taxpayers’ money!

  10. There is a lot of political interference at CBU from the UPND. I am a student and know what is happening. How do you start a Class Boycott on the first day of the Term? All along we wait for 2 weeks before getting paid. But thugs from the UPND who have infiltrated the CBU are inciting students over non issues. Since when did students start grabbing Fire Arms from the Police? The same UPND has now gone to NIPA and Evelyn Hone. Surely is this the way to campaign? Iam so disgusted by the UPND. I was to graduate next month , now i have been thrown into the Streets. Come 2016 August, i know what i will do.

    • You are a PF thug, we all know OP is fully functional in all higher institutions of learning. UPND have no chance of any influences due to the presence of intelligence officials who would have arrested the imaginary UPND. stop blaming every one else.

  11. I repeat my comment. The UPND is behind the confusion at CBU. The last riots started when UPND thugs claimed there was a thief at Campus around 24hrs. The Truth is there was no thief, but it was a way of getting students from there rooms. From the confusion over the invisible thief, the Procession was diverted to Jambo Drive. 10 of the people arrested at CBU are not students. How did they got involved in the Riots which happened at night? We are not fools. Please leave us alone we finish our studies.

  12. -I repeat my comment and Please LT, i deserve to be heard. Do not Block my comment. The UPND is behind the confusion at CBU. The last riots started when UPND thugs claimed there was a thief at Campus around 24hrs. The Truth is there was no thief, but it was a way of getting students from there rooms. From the confusion over the invisible thief, the Procession was diverted to Jambo Drive. 10 of the people arrested at CBU are not students. How did they got involved in the Riots which happened at night? We are not fools. Please leave us alone we finish our studies.

  13. Facts of the matter are, students were only paid meal allawances after they started protesting, is that HH s fault??
    Universities in Zambia are heavily infiltrated by OP, rightly so, to sniff out any signs of trouble. CBU is a hotbed of PF caders in the heartland of PF, what chance do UPND have. The intelligence informers and PF caders present at CBU have been helpless in the face of a popular student uprising spired on by hunger.

  14. @I repeat my comment and Please LT, i deserve to be heard. Do not Block my comment. The UPND is behind the confusion at CBU. The last riots started when UPND thugs claimed there was a thief at Campus around 24hrs. The Truth is there was no thief, but it was a way of getting students from there rooms. From the confusion over the invisible thief, the Procession was diverted to Jambo Drive. 10 of the people arrested at CBU are not students. How did they got involved in the Riots which happened at night? We are not fools. Please leave us alone we finish our studies.

  15. [email protected] repeat my comment and Please LT, i deserve to be heardjust like others are being heard. Do not Block my comment. The UPND is behind the confusion at CBU. The last riots started when UPND thugs claimed there was a thief at Campus around 24hrs. The Truth is there was no thief, but it was a way of getting students from there rooms. From the confusion over the invisible thief, the Procession was diverted to Jambo Drive. 10 of the people arrested at CBU are not students. How did they get involved in the Riots which happened at night? We are not fools. Please leave us alone we finish our studies.

  16. When is the day going to come when journalist will stop quoting and publishing statement from non entities with no credibility? Journalist are trained to be unbiased yet cant see the deliberate decietful bias from their so called sources.

  17. this is utter nonsense .failing to pay the allowances on time is opposition.surely Zambians let us be serious .there was no opposition here please,mr kamba you are very dull I am sure if u were in school teti mulyeko nagu 1.straight forward things u bring opposition atase

  18. Well said Kamba; point on. Some lunatics in UPND are so unreasonable. This party has deteriorated to a point of no return. Hate speech, bitterness and intolerance. Watch this party and the Post Newspaper very closely. Anyways the voting pattern in SP shows no signs of changing anytime sooner, so I know how to use my vote wisely.

  19. Voting pattern in Luapula,Northen provinces is not different from SP….please stop this hypocrisy Am from Copperbelt.

  20. if u a from copperbelt so wat! its the fact tt its upnd making confusion on this 2 institutions but u upnd u have eyes bt u dnt see tt yo party is going for doom. no one likes yo behaviour leadership comes from above. we continue to pray until God gives us a humble and loving president who loves to see peace in our country not someone spearheading the confusion this is a christian nation not devils

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