Unions are needed in tertiary institutions for the smooth running and coordination of students, says former Copperbelt University Students Union Culture Secretary Garry Musonda.
Musonda said it is clear that the banning of students Unions at CBU and UNZA by higher education minister Prof Nkandu Luo is ill timed.
He said in an interview that students coordinate more among themselves.
“Unions are needed in institutions of higher learning. The decision that was taken by Prof Luo to ban students union is ill timed. That is weakening the voice of students. Unions play a key role administering the affairs of students. That is the voice for students.”
Musonda said he was happy that the Zambia National Students Union has continued to engage Prof Luo to rescind her decision.
“We have heard what is coming out from meetings between ZANASU and the minister. Unions are needed and we are positive that a solution will be found. Students should have a voice that will speak for them. So we are confident that unions will be back.”
He has since encouraged students to be more united and fight for the unions to be brought back.