President Edgar Lungu says the closure of the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University is a good lesson to the students.
Speaking to journalists last evening at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for the Vatican, Lungu said he had warned the students, but that some forces of evil are playing on their minds.
Meanwhile, despite making frantic efforts, all Catholic Bishops and fathers have refused to accompany Lungu to the Vatican.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba was at pains trying to dispel the growing rift between the Catholic Church and the PF regime. Kalaba claimed that Lungu’s visit to the Vatican would demystify the notion that there is a rift between the Zambian government and the Catholic Church.
Kalaba said the relations between Zambia and the Vatican are cordial as demonstrated by Lungu’s visit at the invitation of the Holy Father. But that is the main problem, Lungu is sidelining the local Church and trying to prove that he has direct connections to the Pope.
The Watchdog is reliably informed that individual Catholic Church leaders rejected the offers of money and free tickets to accompany Lungu to Rome.
Besides, there is really nothing Lungu is going to do at the Vatican apart from gossiping and touring the St Peters.