Nkrumah students prepare to join demos, booe DC

Nkrumah students prepare to join demos, booe DC

STUDENTension is high at Nkrumah University in Kabwe as students plan to join their colleagues in other universities to protest against  the  removal of food and fuel subsidies.
Kabwe District Commissioner Patrick Chishala has been trying to firefight and convince students against protesting.
Chishala had asked university management to assemble students in the College hall at 10.00 so that he could address them. But by 12.30 students were still waiting for the arrival of the D.C.
The DC could not proceed to the college hall as he feared to be lynched as students who stood along the main road showed him the middle finger and  openly booed at his motorcade.
Around 13:30, he managed to meet students who angrily reacted to government’s decision to remove maize and fuel subsidy, saying the move will make the poor poorer and rich richer.

The students booed Chishala when he visited the institution to address them in a bid to prevent them from joining their colleagues from UNZA, CBU and Mulungushi universities in the protests.

Chishala attempted to convince the students that the decision (subsidy removal) was well meant but his speech was constantly interrupted by heckles and booing from the over 200 students.

In the Photo, a blind student at Nkrumah telling Chishala that removal of subsidies will not benefit the poor but rich politicians and businessmen.

The students have categorically told the DC that the government’s decision to remove subsidies was not only ill timed but also evil. They condemned government for neglecting the institution, whose infrastructure remains uncompleted for the past four years despite ailing dictator Michael Sata’s continued bragging of the institution being a full fledged university.

Before the meeting could end the students started walking out of the auditorium.

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