Kaingu tells UNZA students K22 per day is a lot of money-says rioting is good opportunity for police to enforce law

Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu told parliament Wednesday afternoon that riotous behaviour by university students gives a good opportunity to the police to enforce law after long periods of inactivity.

And Kaingu has said that the K22.50n that students on government bursary are entitled to per day as meal allowance was a lot of money and government feels it was enough.

Responding to questions after he read a ministerial statement following rioting that occurred at the university of Zambia Great East Road campus on Tuesday night, Kaingu said the police are trained to enforce the law and when students resort to riotous behaviour they give them an opportunity to enforce it.

‘Students give an opportunity to the police who have not had an opportunity to enforce law,’ Kaingu claimed.

Kaingu further said he was surprised that the students have become militant in resolving issues affecting them.

‘What we are finding very strange with these places of higher learning is that their means of dialogue is now militant, it is unusual,’ said Kaingu.

He charged that student bursaries were not a right but a privilege hence the few students benefiting should thank the government

And Kaingu has said that the K22.50n that students on government bursary are entitled to per day as meal allowance was a lot of money and government feels it was enough.

He claimed that there was no formal request made by the students for a review of their meal allowances adding that if it was true that the allowances where little government will assess if they have the capacity to increase the allowance.

Kaingu however quickly said the money was enough and asked fellow parliamentarians if what they paid their domestic servants was more than K22 per day.

‘That is a lot of money, how much do you pay your house servants? They (students) now want K35 Kwacha per day but we believe K22 is adequate,’ Kaingu said.

He warned that any further disruption to academic life at the university will attract punitive action adding that his ministry will closely work with the ministry of Home Affairs.

 

 

 

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