The request by the Mulungushi University Economics Students Association (MUESA) to have UPND president and economic manager Hakainde Hichilema has been blocked at the last minute after management received threats to be fired by Higher Education minister Michael Kaingu.
On 6th November, the students wrote to management about their planned public lecture by Mr. Hichilema on the theme Economic development and income inequality (increasing middle class, youth and women welfare and entrepreneurship to improve the value of the depreciating Kwacha) and management approved but Kaingu directed that the public lecture be cancelled.
“We had no problem with the public lecture because it is normal practice for universities to invite distinguished personalities to deliver a lecture on a specific subject. If you recall former President Rupiah Banda has been invited at Boston University a number of times but we were shocked that the minister directed us to cancel it,” said one of the officials who attended the Monday meeting which resolved to cancel the invitation.
Mr. Hichilema was scheduled to address the students on 19th or 20th November but following the cancellation the students have expressed anger and say they will consider inviting him to address them at a venue away from the university because there are some practical lessons they wanted to learn from the opposition leader who has fared well in entrepreneurship in spite of a humble family background.