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It is irresponsible and shocking to abolish meal allowances-HH

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Hakainde Hichilema
Hakainde Hichilema

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has charged that the move to scrap meal allowances for students is shocking and irresponsible.

Mr Hichilema said at a time when the price of food and essential items are fast increasing as a result of the PF’s failure to manage the economy, Government appears to once again be intent on worsening the suffering of the Zambian people by any means.

He said this is a decision that will affect everyone as it directly damages prospects for the future.

“These are the youth we expect to be the business leaders of tomorrow and help breathe new life into our economy and create jobs for others,” Mr Hichilema said.

“At a time such as this, one would have expected a responsible Government to actually consider upward adjustments of the allowances in line with the high cost of living, but the PF regime has instead done the opposite by completely cutting off a lifeline of support for our youths.”

Mr Hichilema said the UPND expectant that this will soon be recognised as being among the reckless decisions and policy statements the PF manufacture to create a crisis, only to U-turn and reverse it with the hope of getting accolades.

He said the UPND knows that President Lungu might reverse this directive for the sake of gaining political mileage.

“It is no secret that Government finances are tight and that savings must be made, but there can be no excuse for such cuts that impact our people directly and damage pivotal sectors such as education on which our whole development as a country depends until the frivolous behaviours of the PF Government have been brought to the end. The sacrifices should be the lavish ceremonies at Heroes’ Stadium and expensive private jet hire to New York, not support for our youth,” he said.

“In fact, reckless decisions such as this one have the potential for far-reaching negative consequences, for example through producing half-baked graduates that have been forced to spend study time looking for money to buy food and the fuelling of illicit activities in an effort to survive.”

He added, “It seems that as time passes more and more Zambians are suffering because of the PF’s misjudgement. Panicked decision-making and policy making on the hoof have left industry, students, miners, families and all manner of people helpless to the whims of a Government in disarray.”

“Is the PF so out of touch with its one time supporters that is it does not see how families are already struggling to support their children and relative sufficiently so that they can pursue their studies in the hope of finding a good job thereafter? Now, with price rises of over 20%, thousands of job losses in the mining sector and beyond and continued power cuts, we are stretching too many too far. This is to say nothing of the continually delayed salaries of staff.”

He said UPND maintains that there is a colossal amount of waste under the current Government that can be cut so that they can be invested in critical areas such as healthcare and education.

Meanwhile FDD has released the following Statement

9th March, 2016

ABOLISHING OF MEAL ALLOWANCES FOR CBU AND UNZA STUDENTS IS ILLEGAL AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

The decision by the PF Government to arbitrary ABOLISH Meal Allowances for students who are on Government Bursary at UNZA and CBU is ILLEGAL, IRRESPONSIBLE, UNJUSTIFIABLE and COUNTERPRODUCTIVE.

The Meal Allowance is a legal entitlement for all students on Government Sponsorship, thus it cannot just be scrapped off with a spasm of unguided and irrational emotions by one Michael Kaingu. As a component of the binding contract of government sponsorship for students on bursary, it cannot be crapped off singularly, unilaterally and arbitrary.

The PF Government must understand and appreciate the fact that the Meal Allowance was introduced to cover up the cost of meals that the two Universities were directly providing to the students.

Instead of paying students their meal allowances and resolve the crisis at the two Universities, the Paya Future Government has created yet another problem. This action is a recipe for conflict and student unrest.

We demand for the immediate reversal of this reckless decision. Let students be paid their meal allowances and be allowed to learn in peace. The money for meal allowances was already budgeted for in the National Budget.

We equally demand for the immediate payment of February salaries for all the lecturers at UNZA.

This Paya Future Government should stop playing SOJO with the lives of our students and for once be serious. Education is a right and not a privilege for children of Ministers.

Issued by:

ANTONIO MWANZA
FDD SPOKESPERSON

120 COMMENTS

    • Edgar Lungu
      1. 800% increase in external debt ceiling from K20 billion in 2011 to K160 billion in 2016
      2. 131% increase in domestic debt ceiling from K13 billion to K30 billion
      3. 433% increase in external debt from $1.2billion in 2011 to $6.4 billion in 2016
      4. 134% depreciation in the value of the kwacha from K4.86 in 2011 to K11.40 in 2016
      5. 247% increase in inflation from 6.6% in,2012 to 22.9% in January, 2016
      6. 135% increase in fiscal deficit above budget from K8.5 billion to K20 billion in 2015
      7. 147% increase in trade deficit from $383.4million in 2014 to $945.8million in 2015
      8. 130% increase in average bank lending interest rates from 12.15% in 2012 to 30% in 2016
      9. 157% increase of in the staple food – mealie meal from average of K37 in 2011 to about K95 in 2016
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    • HH said what I was thinking about. The future is with the youth, the present is our responsibility and none of us can change the past. Let’s give the young students a fighting chance not a chance to fight.

    • PF has really been taken over by MMD zooona! How can a socialist party that was elected on a promise of offering free education deliver the opposite? It is perhaps appropriate that it is Kaingu, from a party that espouses free enterprise, who effected this change, demonstrating the death and ideological conversion of the PF. How can you introduce loans in a country like ours with a small economy that cannot recruit the small numbers of graduates we yearly churn out? As KALAKI would said, on August 11th we have the opportunity to eradicate cholera, PF and other unhealthy diseases.

    • Nyirenda together with your HH are just fools. These University chaps are the ones that need to learn to be responsible. Mulungushi University Students never receive meal allowances. What makes UNZA and CBU students special?

    • PF is showing so mush political immaturity in the way they do virtually anything and everything – students have always been the drivers of regime change the world over. Learn from the caution that SA’s ANC government dealt with the FEES MUST FALL protests in a potentially explosive election year! This is stup!d, untimely and self defeating statement from Kaingu. ECL should now very quickly do what hes become known of – undoing the wrong by retracting this statement/decision….. Just advising

    • ATLEAST THEY HAVE GIVEN HH SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT. SINCE HE ONLY TALKS NEG. WHEN THEY REVERSE IT HE WILL SAY ITS COZ OF HIM. HE IS BEING PLAYED AND CANT SEE IT….LOL

    • The truth of the matter is that PF govt is broke and is looking for an excuse not to pay students. No rational and sane person makes decisions in this fashion. The underlining principle is the student meal allowances are a recurrent cost and cannot be sustained with the borrowing in the morning and evening. Students vote wisely, otherwise some of you it will be the end of your higher education and PF does not care, after all some of them entered university through aptitude tests, a phenomenon not known in this country.

    • @The Engineer, for us to make an informed decision, those figures you have quoted are in comparison with which sitting presidents’ performance in zed or which country in the same period???

    • (HH) you are just a reckless alarmist. You politicize everything. This move will work well because all those meals you are talking about will be considered in the student loans. In the same breath, you dont want Lungu to reverse the decision. So where do you stand? What type of demon are you?

    • Iwe Kudos, those meal allowances have been budgeted for in this years cycle one would assume. That question of loans can only be effected next year, its called planning, a word that is alien to this chipantepante government. Nonetheless I wouldnt expect you to understand.

    • Please people do not engage Mr Kudos, he is incompetent in critical thinking. Just wait for the insults he will through on this platform.

  1. All other institutions of higher learning don’t have such an allowance and students have always managed.

    What’s so special with UNZA and CBU?

    Let them fend for themselves like other students……… Besides it will stabilize these institutions and make students focus on learning than being ba lumpen all the time

    • @Gen – From your comment its clear to see that you had bad points in Grade 12. UNZA cant be compared to these other fly-by-night institutions. That is a respectable University or was a respectable one until bad leadership starting from Chiluba killed our education system. Dont compare UNZA or CBU to private institutions.

      Instead of scrapping the allowance, Government should have come up with a form of policy where students borrow cash (Student loans) that they could repay at a later date when they are in formal employment.

    • GEN
      If we new your name, we would have asked every Zambian selling not to give you a discount on anything you buy going by your comments.

  2. IT IS SHOCKING FOR HH ANA FDD TO CODEMN THIS MOVE .THESE MUPPETS NOW THAT THEIR ENTRY TO THESE INTITUITIONS IS PLUGED THEY KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE NO ROOM FOR THEM TO ABUSE THE INNOCENT CHILDREN HTEY ARE JUST SHOWING CROCODILE SYMPATHY .THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL THEY ARE THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE CLOSUER OF THE TWO INSTITUITIONS.SHAME ON THEM.

    • This was what was said earlier, NOW Dr. Kaingu is saying that it BC not the politician that acaused the riots and eventually the closure…did you listen to the speech?

  3. Mukuba University, Nkruma and Mulungushi Universities are public universities under the government. There are no meal allowances on these universities. Whats so special about UNZA and CBU. the move by government is commendable so that students at all colleges who need government sponsorship could get access

    • @Chishinte – I dont agree with you. Maybe we should start another campaign to introduce allowances in these public universities. Zambia has money. Our GDP is among the top 20 in Africa. The problem is our leaders dont know how to prioritize. Sectors such as Education, Agriculture, Manufacturing, etc., should be heavily supported to double our earnings. With proper planning and hard work, its very easy to turn Zambia’s fortunes to one of the best in Africa in just 10 years, if not in less!

    • Lier, students in these Universities feed from dinning halls like in boarding school and food is bought and prepared by Government. Stop lying ba PF or is it your ignorance as usual.

  4. Under five will always remain bitter on any move that the PF government takes! The issue of loans was under discussion some years back, I think it should be during MMD rule. Now PF wants to implement it because most of the students do not appreciate the direct help government gives to individual students in form of bursaries.

  5. THIS GOVERNMENT IS THE MOST INSENSTIVE ZAMBIA HAS EVER HAD. LUNGU DOES NOT CARE FOR THE POOR AT ALL. HOW DO YOU EVEN EXPLAIN SUCH ACTION? THIS IS A CALL TO ALL UNZA AND CBU STIDENTS AND FACULTY. ITS TIME FOR YOUR VOICES TO BE HEARD. YOU CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. MAKE SURE THEY VOTE. YOUR SUFFERING CAN ONLY BE ENDED BY THE POWER OF YOUR VOTE. A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT IS YOUR LAST HOPE. PF KULONGA TULELANDA

  6. ANTONIO MWANZA’s advise that “this Paya Future Government should stop playing SOJO” has really tickled me! On a serious note though, why couldn’t they wait for the establishment of the proposed Student Loans body before acting? Will this decision also affect new students who are in the process of collecting acceptance letters? The sad part is that university education will now be based on ability to pay rather than on one’s school results!

  7. Only empty heads like Kaingu and his team can make such decisions. Kaingu refused us permission to get quality students by giving each School leaver whose grade twelve points make him/her eligible for a University place to sit for University entry exams so that we can get rid of criminals who go to Universities through leakages. Now those criminals who enter University through leakages are the ones who make noise because they are afraid of failing and they resort to destroying cars. Good University students would be behaving differently. So Mr. Kaingu, allow UNZA and CBU to set pre-UNZA entry exams to be administered at UNZA by credible lecturers, such as those at ZCAS, we all know and then see who goes to University and see the change of behavior in students. For now pay them their meal…

  8. Pay them their meal allowances and just shut your empty head while waiting to become a street adult running a brothel known as Kozo lodge where your experience is valued. Also tell us where you got your first Degree Kaingu, your Masters degree Kaingu and your fake Doctorate Kaingu!

  9. All I know is that even if meals allowances were tripled, our friends from the under 5 tribal Tonga party will come out and condemn the PF. HH uses the youth for his own gain and when they get in trouble, he wants to come out clean. If HH did not politicize the student issues in the first place the way now the want to drag traditional chiefs in the mud, we will be talking about something else.

  10. Can someone educate Me on how much Mulungushi university are paying students as meal allowances?
    If they don’t pay anything then that is the way to go.Abolish and let parents take up this responsibility like their friends with children at Mulungushi University and since hakainde is so rich and tolerates the nonsense that goes on when these lump ens are rioting let him take up the responsibility of paying their meal allowances and they will vote for him kaili he is the one who is so desperate of winning the elections.

    • Not all public universities can be fee paying you fo.ol. Just because PF has failed to fund the two universities should not be a reason to be exclusive in granting higher education to all deserving children. The problem is failure to fund and not the students, get it in your thick head. Put your priorities right and all will be well.

  11. Nobody is against introduction of the loan scheme. Its the haphazard manner the pathetic failures (PF) employ as usual that we are against.
    Kaingu gets instructed by Esther Lungu to reopen the unis instead of telling her there’s know money for meal allowances he reacts like the typical idyot he is. The scrapping of the allowance just like the introduction of the loan scheme should be gradual not in the middle of an academic year. When we talk about loans we mean the whole bursary not only the meal allowance.

    • Exactly, you do something like this gradually. Does the Government or universities have the systems to manage the loan system, for example?

  12. UNZA & CBU admit the best Grade12 performers whom we critically need to as future engineers, doctors, scientists etc. with the appropriate financial support. We need the critical human capital to develop. These are the kids who get between 6 to 15 points and are the right seedlings for Zambia’s future industrial development. PLEASE PAY THEM ALL THE ALLOWANCES. As a developing nation, more support is required in education an health to develop.

    • I teach in the University and can tell you not all students who come to UNZA are the best. Some can hardly write comprehensible essays, an indication they may have passed through cheating. Of course, there are some who are exceptional.

    • Well, it’s your tears that are delaying, you wont win with a president who is critising even the positives government has scored. Too much immaturity in your camp, change your commander, maybe you can have hop in 2026

  13. Although there may be nothing wrong with Government changing its mind on the allowances, it should have been done transitionally.

    You don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.

    When the UK Govt increased the university fee ceiling to GBP9,000, only new entrants were subject to it. Old students continued at the original fees.

  14. Know matter what you say Mr Hakaivotela Humwine, come 2016 you are going to lose. You just want the presidency. On this issues you have been given an opportunity to gain mileage. If this was reversed tomorrow, you will still condemn the government. Tell me Mr Hakaivoleta, have you ever appreciated the government? Or are you telling me there is no positive the government has scored? Does being in opposition mean you can not say praises where praises are due? Your subordinate (Cornelius) is a better politician than you. To me, comparing you to him leaves you trailing behind him. I would advise you to great up. The office you are aspiring for is not for the ill-hearted and selfish. You need to rise beyond partisan politics, Sir, before we may begin to appreciate you. Your actions and…

    • The over 40 thousand students and their parents relatives and friends will vote your party out on 8/11. When I extrapolate, the total number of those who will vote you (PF) out is not less than 300 thousand. You have a mountain to climb boss. Insulting HH will not give you votes.

  15. Even when HH takes over, he will not manage to spoonfeed these Students. Its global mwebantu. Free money for learning ? When this fellas graduate they efen flee Zambia so where is the benefit ? Go to NIPA ZCAS etc you wont find this nonsense. Infact all UNZA CBU graduates should repay Govt for meal allowance. Mwabelela ifya lutu ba Shetani imwe !

  16. No matter what you say Mr Hakaivotela Humwine, come 2016 you are going to lose. You just want the presidency. On this issues you have been given an opportunity to gain mileage. If this was reversed tomorrow, you will still condemn the government. Tell me Mr Hakaivotela, have you ever appreciated the government? Or are you telling me there is no positive the government has scored? Does being in opposition mean you can not say praises where praises are due? Your subordinate (Cornelius) is a better politician than you. To me, comparing you to him leaves you trailing behind him. I would advise you to grow up. The office you are aspiring for is not for the ill-hearted and selfish. You need to rise beyond partisan politics, Sir, before we may begin to appreciate you. Your actions and behaviour…

    • Speak for your self and your one vote.

      All I know is that Zambians go to same shops where prices have more than quadrupled, see stats by @Engineer. The suffering that Lungu has brought is not something human beings per Maslows hierarchical needs will want to perpetuate.
      On that account, am 100% sure of the 11 August outcome….people will look after ther interests and free themselves of this Lungu PF government that has brought unprecedented misery, poverty and suffering.

  17. Good decisions are usually unpopular. I am sure that in the future people shall look back and thank PF that they took such a decision. Politics aside, a solution to never ending riots at UNZA had to be addressed in one way or the other. I personally applaud this government for their bravery. Very few governments would take such a step in an election year. Previous governments avoided such moves to avoid losing popularity. For whatever reason have triggered this decision, the decision itself is a good beginning but we should only request the government to also show total commitment to their responsibilities, that is, they must pay student bursaries to the universities on time and not in bits.
    Good that the government shows willingness to continue to govern and provide leadership even at…

    • Thank PF for keeping their fuel allowance, housing and many more while scrapping meal allowances to needy students. Enriching themselves from corruption while plunging us into deeper debt. Enjoying themselves while the masses are forced to faint for themselves. You and your so called leader have no foresight or any brains to see things that are going to cause misery to people

  18. It is an undeniable fact that the best and brightest of our children go to either CBU or UNZA. Most of these come from poor families. Pupils from well-to-do families with lower IQ or second rate grade 12 results go to Mukuba, Mulungushi & the bulk of other backyard universities. Even most reputable employers go for either UNZA or CBU graduates. This should tell you that UNZA & CBU are the Zambian equivalent of the Oxford & Cambridge Universities. Withdrawing the meal allowance (or BC as it’s commonly referred to) will consign our two premier universities to the dustbin of academic mediocrity. Abash withdrawal of meal allowance!!

    • THEY WILL BE FUNDED THROUGH A LOAN SCHEME! NOT THROUGH FREE MEAL ALLOWANCES!
      BE BROAD MINDED, NO ONE IS SAYING THEY WILL BE DENIED EDUCATION!!

    • The two universities are NOT elite any more. You are maybe 20 years behind. We have good students from these two universities but they are NOT the best. Even reputable companies will not fall for your so yesterday theory. They are now looking for good education and skills. As a country we can not afford some expenses period. These allowances are not sustainable!! I interact with a lot of engineers/graduates from these universities and there is nothing special to write home about. Do you know why foreign companies (especially engineering firms) bring in their own engineers/technicians when they have projects in Zambia to manage? No……Its because most our own are not as smart as you think!!!

    • Well, the system was equally abused where you find children from wealthy families on the bursary and meal allowance list. I feel governments’ decision must be commended to abolish meal allowances. Like Kabu says, government has been bold to tread this path in an election year.

  19. HH is spot-on here! Most of the bloggers supporting Kaingu’s move to withdraw our children’s BC are just bitter at not having made the mark to enter the corridors of UNZA or CBU or else for having produced mentally retarded children who couldn’t qualify to earn them a place at UNZA or CBU. By far, these two institutions are the bulwark of our higher educational system in Zambia. Mess around with them and you’ll forever reverse the academic fortunes of this country. Posterity will judge Kaingu & his handlers harshly for these calamitous decisions they are making today. Aggrieved Parent!!

  20. HH my president has the vision for our education sector. PF has sold our poor families and their children. PF kwwf. we just have to change govt.

  21. Another of those crazy decisions from the PF. I benefited from this education of meal allowances etc. Without it I would never have graduated. Today I would be like some of these cadres here supporting every wrong thing this clueless government does. Soon there will go begging to west just like what Mugabe is doing now. Wanted to prove he was better than the white man but just succeeded in destroying the Zimbabwe economy. Exactly what his students Sata and Lungu have done. God help us with this kind of recklessness and heartlessness.

  22. Can someone educate us please before we express our views. Are there meal allowances in South Africa’s universities, Britains or USA’s universities. What method do they use to feed students such that you will never hear or see students of Oxford university or UNISA destroying public properties on account of delayed meal allowances.

    • They have respect for contracts in these countries. Different methods are used but the bottom line is all is done in time. If your contracts says you get an allocation on the 1st of the month, at midnight you get it. Period! nothing special. No is no and Yes is Yes, today is today and not anything else. That is the different.

    • If you are lucky, you get a scholarship in a western university from which you meet your living expenses. Sometimes, this can be partial requiring you to top up or it can be full. When you have no scholarship you have to work to pay for yourself in university.

    • @Moscow (OP)

      My brother you are a staunch supporter of PF. I feel for and commiserate with you.

      I wouldn’t have made it to and through UNZA if not for the “jackie” or “jackpot” as we called the meal allowance in the late 80s.

      Today we are past 50 and perhaps comprador bourgeois, thanks to free education. Whilst many of us can and have educated our kids abroad, we are mindful that many of our countrymen with brilliant kids need state help to gets kids educated.

      I side with them and it’s red card against PF come 11 August

    • @Moscow(OP)

      Chilumendo, sala amano. Fwampukamo mu bwato apo tabulabundilila. With a helmsman constantly under the influence of toxic drinks do you think he knows where to steer the canoe? Are you going to capsize with your eyes wide open? Are you suicidal or what?! The absence of other fanatical cadres on this blog is really telling, I mean the likes of katondo boys for example. They have come to realise that Lungu is not only clueless and no vision but alamusebanya ichipesha amano pa 11/8/2016 with a catastrophic send off into political oblivion. Nobody will want to remember this nasty creepy crawly PF organisation.

  23. Thanks for the decision, even in homes if a wife or husband doesn’t appreciate, its better to with draw the service, HH and GBM to sponsor the students than for them to just incite noise. These so called future leaders are boasting that they have got money.

  24. Pipo if u’re clueless its better u shut ur mouth. U cant compare UNZA/CBU to other institutions, public or not. UNZA/CBU get the cream of this country and the introduction of bussary on these institutions was not a mistake, gvt then new that most of these fine brains were poor and cudnt manage paying the fees and hence the initiative to support them and foster development. This chance is acorded to every Zambian, you inclusive. So if u were bright enough u were going to be sponsored also…So there’s no need to be bitter and compare just because u didnt manage to get to unza and u found urself or ur relative at mulungushi, its not anyones fault. However, this decision will not stant, bcoz Kaingu and PF are much more smaller than zambia and forefathers who put the incentive in place for…

    • What cream are you talking about? Most graduates from CBU & UNZA lack the competence expected of them. Like someone else has said here on this forum, these students are an embarrassment to the Zambia. The level of mediocrity is appalling and most of them cant even perform!! I am part of a multinational organization and it is shame to read a simple application letter from UNZA graduates. I am sorry to say this but we hire expatriates for the simple reason that our own are below standard, mediocre and educational retards.

    • Mr X

      UNZA and CBU are the creme dela creme of Zambia’s tertiary education. They are the repository of the brightest of our people both dons and students.

      Most past 40s are predominantly graduates of these institutions if they hold degrees.

      To suggest I can’t write an application letter is not correct to put it mildly.

  25. MR Hungry Hyena (HH) BOZA!!! You and your party were busy instigating students at UNZA and CBU to riot. Now you want to posture as the champion of students’ interests, . Take out money and pay meal allowances to these students if you care for them . You see what problems you brought about on poor students because of your insatiable appetite for the Presidency.
    STATE HOUSE REMAINS AN ILLUSION YOU WILL NEVER GET THERE BWANA HH

  26. HH is the most incompetent opposition political leader I have ever known. So what’s wrong with resolving a perpetual problem with a workable solution like loans? The free bursaries has proved to be a source problem at our higher institutions of learning and replacing it with a workable solution is the best we can do.

    • How will loans be a workable solution in a nation where jobs are only for the connected and thousands of kids languish on the streets after graduation?!

      Money is money whether as an allowance or loan! The brutal reality is that this PF govt is broke or else why delay loans to 2017?

  27. HH making desperate noise as usual. The meal allowances have been replace with a Student Loan. It will now be up to the student to plan on how to buy his own food. Soon this will spread to accommodation there will no free rooms they will be priced and using the loan they will pay rent. HH YES I want change but you are not the change that I want. Until you go back to being yourself and stop pretending that you, GBM,Maureen Mwanawasa, Slyvia Masebo, Wynter, Membe, Nchito, an Nalumango have the same agenda you don’t have my vote and many of us have stopped believing in you. HH would rather we lose as a principled party rather than win because we have bowed to the pressures of the need of money to campaign. These guys called us names insulted us and now that the finish line is near you…

  28. The money government will save should be extended to other universities and colleges. Let them pay bursaries for other students. GOOD AND BOLD DECISION BY PF. No more throwing stones at innocent people. HH is still under five and will not go to state house even if we come from the same area.

  29. they are suddenly your abwenzi? Are you asleep man or does state house so confuse you you will do anything to get there? They are more noble people we could have courted to get mileage but not the people you are now embracing awe!

  30. Once again HH now propagates socialism. Look, these meal allowances and bursaries must not be given unless there is a framework that links student loans to the ZRA master file where these students have to pay an extra tax to repay these loans otherwise we will be creating an unsustainable situation. Also, I’d like to see a leader in Zambia who can spell out an austerity plan. We need to cut the civil service by at least 35% and also implement laws that preclude non-managerial level civil servants from occupying office for more than 10 years in order to give young graduates jobs.

  31. @20, 21, 22, 23, and 25: I wonder if at all you have read the PF manifesto or just blindly supporting this motion for the sake of being a cadre. The PF manifesto clearly shows that Govt will increase funding to CBU and UNZA (Higher Education).No where does the PF manifesto of Micheal Sata state that students will be fending for themselves or will be given loans. This don’t kubeba attitude is what is making most of us loose trust in PF’s promises. One classic one was when Mr Kambwili said the 90 days slogan for most of the promises was just a ‘proverb’.

  32. Intelligentia I completely agree with you on pre-entry exams. PF should mantain the allowances and sort out the trouble makers. Do not punish even innocent students.

  33. This is all lack of fiscal discipline. This government, against all advice, implements unplanned projects without regard to revenue generation capacity. Even when tge writing is clear, instead of implementing real austerity measures, the ministers are all over seeking allowances in the name of inspecting developmental projectd in their V8 cruisers. Today they want to scrap meal allowances!!! August 11

  34. That is the opposition we have in Zambia who only voice the opposite even when it does not make sense. Others do not go to the two universities and their parents foot the daily need for their food. If the money is a free gift, I propose that our children who are in private colleges and universities be given food allowance as well. The money given seems not enough because of overcharging by the providers of canteen services knowingly that the GRZ shall dance to student’s tune when they resort to rioting. Some of the money being spent on these unruly students is actually from my salary and am never happy to see it being spent on damaging of innocent people’s property. In fact I am of the opinion that the University only opens January 2017 so they can learn a bitter lesson.

  35. Mulungushi University, Everlyn Hone college and indeed all colleges, students don’t get meal allowances. What is so special about these spoilt brats who damage property under your sponsorship?

  36. Now that you have abolished meal allowances will please reduce the taxes that we contribute to national treasury to offset our expenditure on our children’s college education.

  37. Here is the headline of the end of this story:”ECL reintroduces student meal allowances”. Watch the space. This announcement will be made at a rally in Lsk or C/B. These ediots do not know what they are doing and lacking focused and strategic leadership. There leader is humble. However they define humble. I believe they define it in the context of a seemingly nice person who lacks principle and authority.

  38. THE MINISTER HAS BLANDERRED LETS ALIGN HIM TO A MANAGEABLE MINISTRY

    LET HON JOHN PHIRI OR KANDU LUO TAKEOVER AND KAINGU TO GENDER

    HE IS CLEARLY NOT THINKING

  39. HE IS PROBABLY REACTING TO POTS HE WAS GREETED WITH AT CBU

    ITS NOT A SIGN OF DECISION ON THE PART F MINISTER

  40. I would rather have my tax going to sponsoring student fees and meal allowances than to sponsor Kambwili’s allowances and ECL’s health care abroad.

  41. thou the security concerns after the closure of parliament may be real for students and how they will behave

    This kaingus decision is even worse to addressing the foreseen behaviour of students when universities open

    He should be aligned t a better ministry

  42. Paulo I agree with you. I just shipped something to Zed and I had to pay a lot of money to ZRA, I hate to see that money only benefiting kambwili and ECL. We need to fight against the establishment, which is these politicians who want to take from the poor instead of giving to the poor. They are so rich and they don’t see the need to support the needy. I see a lot of foolish followers praising foolish moves like this. these followers are even failing to take care of themselves but pretend everything is okay

  43. Loan facilities shud be just be given to students in rural universities sale these to the lowest zambian bidders

  44. I like PF carders, next time PF will start charging to breathe and carders will say good move without thinking about how it will affect them. You supported when Lungu raised electricity and against supported when he reversed, so now you support this MMD move and you will support when they reverse it. Do you carders know the difference between bad and good policies

  45. @The Engineer
    Well summarised
    Even the worst fo8l in the world can see that PF is a sham and should go and the earliest the better

    • @Engineer

      Keep posting these statistics consistently so that anyone who visits this site can see the horrendous performance that Edgar PF has subjected us to.

      PS… Make posts on other online sites. Well done!

  46. Zzzzzzzzz snore snore snore zzzzzzzzzzz snore snore snore zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Boring opposers…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Snore snore snore……please wake me up when the opposers say something sensible zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Snore snore snore zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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  47. PF just lost my vote with the removal of bc. Without bc acquiring a degree at CBU 8 years ago wud be been impossible.

  48. @Sainetto, any genuine Engineer who has been grilled to think mathematically, professionally and with integrity will tell you that statistics must be presented in context in order to make sense. Genuine Engineers never present statistics for cheap political gain but as facts to encourage intelligent discourse. When they are presented to cadres who understand nothing, statistics can be dangerous. UPND has an Engineer, Hon Vitalis Mooya, ask him and he will confirm what I am saying.
    In any case, if those statistics are meant to suggest that HH can do things better, then we need empirical evidence that HH can do the things. So far mr HH is a quantity which is clueless as to what it wants to achieve, today he will condemn corrupt elements tomorrow he will embrace the very same corrupt…

    • I can see you are awake Wise head. Has some opposer said something sensible? Just wondering, ’cause it seems to me that time will never come when we will hear sensible comments from these chaps. Ever Negative, Never Positive, that’s what they are!

  49. So far mr HH is a quantity which is clueless as to what it wants to achieve, today he will condemn corrupt elements tomorrow he will embrace the very same corrupt elements, and continue claiming that he will fight corruption. Now if HH treasons in that manner, then mathematically we can deduce that HH is corrupt himself. Today he will claim that load shedding is not caused by low water levels in the dams, tomorrow he will claim that the low water levels are caused by low rainfall but he HH could have conserved that water to reduce load shedding. Today he will claim that Anglo American will come back and reinstate the miners retrenched by Glencore, tomorrow he will u-turn and claim That retrenchments can occur but Glencore has retrenched less miners in Congo than in Zambia. The list is…

  50. ba hh kuwaya wayafye, we have no opposition party in zambia wat we have is the bitter and hatred parties who cnt offer solutions

  51. “These are the youth we expect to be the business leaders of tomorrow and help breathe new life into our economy and create jobs for others,” Mr Hichilema said. HH, these are same youths are infiltrating and using to engage in violence. What kind of business leaders will they be tomorrow?…Riff raffs and white collar thieves like yourself!

  52. Comment: most of the abusers of meal allowance are from the elite and not from the poor. Hon Kaingu kindly rescind your action. There students who used to have a meal a day during their secondary level, please don’t kill their lives coz i’ve been there.

  53. HH’UPND is a total sham! “Is the PF so out of touch with its one time supporters that is it does not see how families are already struggling … Now, with price rises of over 20%, thousands of job losses in the mining sector and beyond and continued power cuts, we are stretching too many too far.
    I reckon you have farms and other business Mr. Hetch Hetch. Now be honest to the Zambians, 1) how much is your lowest paid employee earning at the end of the month? 2) Have you increased salaries for your workers in the work of these economic hardships. A good leader, leads by example. Offer solutions instead of acting Mr. Good Guy iwe! You chaps are the same iwe!

  54. Eee! imwe ba PF naisa. Cool down and think about these Meal allowances mano mano, slowly slowly now. I understand it is a source of all university closures. The problem starts from how the system selects students who should get these allowances. I also understand that not all students get these allowances. In the interest of the innocent students to whom these allowances are meaningful, kindly scrutinize the beneficiaries, the school lovers in the mean time. The step to halting payment of these allowances is a good one in that it should help some naive students to realize that it is actually tax payers money.

  55. In my humble view, it should be paid to deserving students not all students. In the light of upcoming universities, YES IT SHOULD BE TOTALLY SCRAPED, because it will be a sure drain on Govt coffers. Kindly prepare these naive students about this eminent reality. A new system will have to be devised and instituted that will be aimed at alleviating the lives of SOME students in ALL government built and run Universities. UNZA and CBU students needs to meet reality in one way or the other. Reality that times are changing and Government is building more universities and that private Universities are also offloading on the employment market. I for one don’t wanna see placards with disgraceful writing about jobs.

  56. Elo iwe Hetch Hetch (HH) no munobe GBM stop politics and create big Business empires in this country ala. Use those resources to build big big companies for graduates. Iwe Pastor Mumba na Fr. Bwalya go back to the pulpit for the Vine is big and sin is actually on the rise in Zambia. Let Edgar and others continue to lead us and politic. Iwe F. Mmembe stop confusing politicians, just be humble pay your taxes and engage in real business, yeah you can also practice your law. Iwe Miles Sampa, ati niwe Harvard graduate, go lecturing; nangu study some more and become a Dr. Batata ba Chikwanda, kabiyeni Mukulima. Iwe Kabimba W. ama politics naufilya. E.Nawakwi ku NGO. Then we shall have sanity in politics nabena Garry Nkombo. Mwaice Mweetwa C. panga Youth NGO.

  57. You see HH naiwe GBM you are natural business men. Stop pretending to be politicians pantu ama business people who have made it big are also culprits and crooks. Wamona instead of normal politicking pa homeground, uyu HH ayamba ukuya pamilabasa yaba sungu balya twaleita ati ba mwisa for help. Elo uyu nao GBM alefyaya ukuba rebel(chisanguka). I mean what do you get from such off target politcal arenas? Zero vote kaili. HH bring back the jobs you have exported to SA. We shall support you. Fr Bwalya na Nevers come back to the pulpit please. See what I don’t want is the situation where people with duo citizenship like HH to set mother Zambia on fire and run to SA in the comfort of his SA house watching the bloodshed in Zambia on his sumsang curve.

  58. Lastly listen, Zambia allowances should be paid to deserving students not all students. In the light of upcoming universities,however, YES MEAL ALLOWANCES the way we have come to know them SHOULD BE TOTALLY SCRAPED, because it will be a sure drain on Govt coffers. Kindly prepare these naive students about this eminent reality. A new system will have to be devised and instituted that will be aimed at alleviating the lives of SOME students in ALL government built and run Universities. UNZA and CBU students needs to meet reality in one way or the other that times are changing and Government is building more universities and that private Universities are also offloading on the employment market. I for one don’t wanna see placards with disgraceful writing about jobs.

  59. Lastly listen, Zambia allowances should be paid to deserving students not all students. In the light of upcoming universities,however, YES MEAL ALLOWANCES the way we have come to know them SHOULD BE TOTALLY SCRAPED, because it will be a sure drain on Govt coffers. Kindly prepare these naive students about this eminent reality. A new system will have to be devised and instituted that will be aimed at alleviating the lives of SOME students in ALL government built and run Universities. UNZA and CBU students needs to meet reality in one way or the other that times are changing and Government is building more universities and that private Universities are also offloading on the employment market. I for one don’t wanna see placards with disgraceful writing about jobs!

  60. It’s real you know. Govt is on track building new universities and soon each province is gonna have a university or two thus halting the payment of meal allowances is the way to go. I put it to you that paying of such allowance for meals will not only become uneconomical to Govt coffers but also unreasonable to say the least in the near future. Its tax payers money we are talking about here. Its high time a more reasonable incentive system was devised and instituted for all students and for equal chances.

    • Ba H.H don’t promise that which you can’t for fill,if i where you, u i would have been celebrating because for those students affected it means more votes for. But you can’t because you know what you did to them behind the closed doors, they are now on you for cheating them and letting them lose even the smolest they were getting. As for Antinio ‘Morinio’ Mwanza, u should be the last person to talk about this issue. We know all dirt things you used to do when we gave you the mandate of leadership at UNZA. So please keep quiet and let others talk, just continue cheating Nawakwi in the 2 people’s political party.

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