Lecturer and Civil Rights Activist, Saboi Imboela, has charged that the Zambian youths, especially the Students, have themselves to blame if the Patriotic Front remains in government after the August 11 election.
Ms. Imboela said this following government’s decision to close down the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University and its subsequent failure to reopen the two institutions of higher learning despite numerous calls from different sections of the society to do so.
“Who started the revolution against Mubarak in Egypt? Who started and steered the revolutions in Tunisia against Ben Ali and ended his 23-year rule in merely 28 days? Who was at the helm of the revolution in Libya? Who coined the ‘KK Kuyabebele’ slogan in 1991? It was the youths! Where are all those leaders who thought they could suppress the youths and survive? They are now history, the only time we read about them is when they are given as object lessons of what a government should not do to young people. If PF think they can suppress the rights of our young people and survive, they are day-dreaming, let them wake up to the reality of life.” She charged.
Ms. Imboela, who is a PhD candidate at the University of Zambia, said students had within themselves powers to change government not through violence, but through the ballot in the forthcoming elections and put an end to the mess in the education sector.
“We don’t encourage violence, we encourage dialogue, but you can’t always rush for dialogue when you’re the constant offender and when youths refuse to talk with you you banish them from school, that’s absurd. Government must pay students their dues and reopen the Universities forthwith, that money is not a donation to students, it’s their entitlement. Pay the students immediately and reopen the schools or pack your katundu in the next election.” She said.
Ms. Imboela appealed to all youths and students in the country to turn up in numbers and equally ‘close down’ the Patriotic Front in the August 11 elections as they had clearly failed to run the education system in the country.