Evelyn Hone protests enter day three as PF threatens to shut college

Evelyn Hone College students plan to continue their protests today.

And the PF government has threatened to close the college if students continue protesting.

Yesterday afternoon students’ representatives visited Lusaka central police to seek a permit to match to State House but it is not yet clear if the police gave them the permit.

The students have been protesting since Tuesday with the demonstrations  turning into riots Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, Education minister John Phiri visited the biggest public college but failed to resolve the problem as he chose to shout at the students and threatening to close the college.

Phiri told students that their grievances can only be met sometime next year prompting student to jeer and boo him.

He said if the students continue protesting, he will close the college.

Phiri told students that his government cannot build hostels in one year but said nothing about the demands by students for their college to be given busses.

During the campaigns last year, PF vice president Guy Scott who is the MPO for Lusaka Central where Evelyn Hone is, promised students that within 90 days, the transport problem at the college will be resolved and the hostels will be completed.

Scott has never been to the college since that time.

The students have been protesting over poor sanitary conditions and lack of transport.

The students are demanding that at least one of the more than 40 busses donated by the Chinese government should be given to them.

The Marco polo buses are parked at government complex but insiders say they are disappearing one by one.

Owing to lack of transport, the college is forced to hire transport for students on industrial attachment and those going for school trips.

The college is currently in the middle of the term. The protests have therefore thrown the program in disarray.

This is the eighth month of the PF government in power and so far, everything seems to be going wrong everywhere in the country.

UNZA is closed; no one knows if there will be fuel in the country the next day. The local currency is unstable, civil servants are complaining of being short-changed, youths are rioting over tribalism and nepotism in jobs recruitment.

Yet, according to the local media, everything is in order and everyone is happy. Michael is doing fine.

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