The Zambia National Students Union has challenged Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo to resign on moral grounds for incompetence and failure to manage Higher Institutions of Learning in the country.
Union Secretary General Isaac Mwanza said Professor Luo must resign on moral grounds for failing to handle issues affecting students in higher institutions of learning.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Mr. Mwanza has also requested President Edgar Lungu to fire Professor Luo if she does not resign on her own because she has caused students a lot of pain.
“Because she has failed to manage the Higher learning institutions in a democracy, morally she should have resigned, we are surprised that they are trying to blame other people instead of taking responsibility over many issues affecting students”. Mr. Mwanza said.
He added that Professor Luo must take responsibility over the death of Vespers Shimuzhila, a fourth-year student in the school of education instead of blaming others.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mwanza has also demanded that police officers who were deployed to quell riots at the University of Zambia last week should be prosecuted for the death of Vespers Shimuzhila.
On Tuesday this week, Professor Luo accused the UPND of causing the riots at the University of Zambia after its Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa wondered whether Professor Luo thought she had been too heavy handed on the students by banning the University of Zambia students Union.
Professor Luo also vowed that there will be no unionism in universities.