THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL,
RUIN POLICE (RUPO). 26th JUNE, 2012.
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE INDEFINITE CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA.
It is now paramount for us the students to realize that if we keep quiet we may have to extend our stay at the university unreasonable long.
Time as it is said is money; each bit of it lost is never gained. The once great UNZASU is now a coward and failing to speak on this issue of surmountable importance. UNZASU has been reduced to nothing but a rubber stamp of government policy because we as students elect our union based on EMOTIONS and not the quality of DATA one has.
The past UNZASU elections can easily be likened to one where we made a massive mistake, similarly to the national elections.
We vote for H.E. MICHAEL SATA hoping for a better tomorrow after the morning of 23rd September,2011, has it come? We the students can answer that. Our tomorrow is blank; our hope of opening on time is slowing being pushed to next year, this translates to losing an entire six months, because of what???
Government failure to address the plight of poor paid lecturers who have inadequate teaching aids, overcrowded lecture threatres, which are too hot without air conditionings. I do remember Dr. Chiputa (UNZARULU PRESIDENT) coming to a lecture with an umbrella so as to protect himself from the leaking roof due to rain and this is at the highest learning institution in Zambia. Why did Dr. Ngandu (former Registrar) leave and go to ZCAS where he is currently the Executive Director there? poor conditions of services can be the only answer. Lectures train human resource that develops this nation but the conditions faced by our lecturers are pathetic and hence the strike being justified.
We therefore need to react to this indefinite closure. Many may ask how??? Firstly, government seems not to be listening to the cries of our noble lecturers. We need to make them listen, we need to organize ourselves since we are all home in the various districts around the country meaning we can not use the monk square to resolve this very urgent matter but students in Lusaka can meet at monk square.
RUPO is therefore calling on all students around the country to organize themselves and issue a press statement through your local media agency. This is to expose the government inconsistence on tertiary education. Students are asked to engage their parents and lobby for they support and enlighten them on the consequences of the continued strike by our lecturers.
To Students whose parents are in government and are ministers, Deputy Ministers, senior and junior government officials please engage them and ask them on our behalf to deal with this closure swiftly( please engage the mothers even more).
These are the first step to our serials of actions which will unfold in the days to come. Remember these current police force and not service is brutal we ask all students to please not engage in protests or any form of violence for now. RUPO has given government this week reach find a solution to this strike and senate to issue new opening dates.
Lets continue to unite, united we stand divided we fall.
VIVA STUDENT POWER!! VIVA MONK!! VIVA MOMA!! VIVA MATURE!! VIVA UNZARULU!! ABASH CLOSURE!!.