UPND LEADER HAKAINDE HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT URGING CBU TO REINSTATE EXPELLED STUDENTS
We would like to register our deepest concern over the happenings at the copper belt University. In particular we urge the management of Copperbelt University to find a short term and long term solution to the acute accommodation crisis at the institution. Banning squatting and subsequent suspending of students will not in any way help mitigate the challenges currently obtaining at Copper belt University. The cries by the students at the Copperbelt University for the administration to address their accommodation woes should be given the attention it deserves. Many of the students cannot afford private accommodation( boarding houses) and if management at CBU insists on their decision it will lead to many students to discontinue their studies and add to the pool of deprived youths. Education is the cornerstone for development and suspension of the Student leaders who are merely speaking for the majority of students facing accommodation limbo’s will not in any way solve the accommodation woes. We therefore demand that the student leaders be re-instated with immediate effect.
Secondly, we urge the PF government to prioritize education and allocate funds to support the educational sector unlike now where their priority is inducing costly by-elections, illegally constructing the retirement house for President Micheal Sata and allocating funds to the office of the first lady that is none existent amongst others.
Not so long ago they were similar protests by students from the Evelyn Hone College pressing for a more conducive learning environment . All these protest are a manifestation of the PF’s wrong priorities.
We once again would like to remind the PF that Education be prioritized and that building retirement houses before time, awarding themselves (The Executive) hefty salaries is not what the people put them in office for. We urge the government to serve the people and not serve their personal interest.