UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has disclosed that he has information that President Edgar Lungu is planning to expel all the Students that were merely demanding their Meal allowances from both the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University in the next few days, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
In a statement availed to the media, Mr. Hichilema reminded president Lungu to realize that expelling students will be a clear indication of the PF led Government’s ineptitude and continued abrogation of the freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution.
The opposition leader maintained that the students were merely asking for what is absolutely their entitlement as students like meal allowances.
Mr. Hichilema has however reiterated his call for President Lungu to within 30 Days reopen the two higher learning institutions and reinstate the scrapped off student’s meal allowances forthwith.
The opposition leader said if President Lungu will go ahead with the said plans to expel the students and remain adamant regarding the restoration of allowances, he will do so once he forms government in august this year.
Mr. Hichilema has since assured the students that he will in August this year recall all the expelled students and pledged to immediately reinstate and even increase their meal allowances.
He has however encouraged all the students who may fall victim to the PF led Government’s ill-conceived scheme of depriving them of their right to education not to despair but remain resolute because once in power the UPND will recall them and eventually better their conditions of learning.
The UPND leader added that the battle for decent students’ allowances and a conducive learning environment is not only the preserve for students but a collective responsibility for all well-meaning Zambians who value education.
“We are aware that President Lungu is planning and in the next few days will be expelling all the Students that were merely asking for their Meal allowances from both the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University”
“Our position is that, no student should be expelled for simply asking for what is absolutely their entitlement like meal allowances”
“We also demand that President Lungu must with immediate effect reopen the two Universities which his government closed abruptly when students merely asked for meager meal allowances” he said