Forum For Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has accused Copperbelt University management of conniving with landlords in Kitwe to make profits from students lacking accommodation.
In a statement, Ms Nawakwi said the action by the Copperbelt University (CBU) Management to forcibly remove students sharing bed spaces from their rooms is irrational and inimical to the peace and stability of the country.
She explained that the abrupt change in student lodging arrangements by the University Management is motivated by some members of Management who are in a cahoot with private boarding houses owners to provide these landlords with business by the imposition of the so called “ban on squatting”
‘As FDD we expect Management to address the root cause of acute accommodation shortage at the University instead of harassing innocent students who are trying to earn an education in very uncondusive circumstance.
‘We therefore call for the immediate reinstatement of the five suspended students union leaders. Further, we call upon the government to adequately fund our learning institutions instead of allocating contingency funds to byelections,’ she said.