Chief roasts un­ruly UNZA stu­dents

… for in­sult­ing In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Dora Siliya

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… for in­sult­ing In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Dora Siliya

THE hurl­ing of un­print­a­bles at chief govern­ment spokesper­son, Dora Siliya by some un­ruly UNZA stu­dents is un­ac­cept­able and a sign that the uni­ver­sity is los­ing its in­tegrity, Chief Luchembe of Mpika has said. Chief Luchembe re­it­er­ated that Ms Siliya, who is min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, was old enough to be their mother. On Mon­day scores of un­ruly UNZA stu­dents sur­rounded Ms Siliya, show­er­ing her with in­sults un­til she was whisked away to her min­is­te­rial ve­hi­cle by some good Sa­mar­i­tans af­ter the funeral ser­vice for Ves­pers Shimuzhila. “Hule (pros­ti­tute)” the stu­dents were heard shout­ing at the min­is­ter. But Chief Luchembe said that it was un­for­tu­nate that young peo­ple would in­sult a govern­ment of­fi­cial, old enough to be their mother in that mat­ter. The tra­di­tional leader said that there was no ex­cuse for such ‘em­bar­rass­ing’ be­hav­iour by the stu­dents, which he warned eroded the con­fi­dence peo­ple had in the high­est in­sti­tu­tion of learn­ing. “Nowa­days, peo­ple have to think twice be­fore tak­ing their chil­dren to UNZA. It is be­cause of such un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour that the in­tegrity of the uni­ver­sity is be­ing lost. It is un­for­tu­nate for the stu­dents to in­sult hon­or­able Siliya in that mat­ter be­cause she is old enough to be their mother,” he said. And Chief Luchembe ad­vised the stu­dents to find am­i­ca­ble ways of air­ing their griev­ances when­ever they were an­gered. He charged that vi­o­lence was not a so­lu­tion to any­thing and that it was un­for­tu­nate that learned peo­ple would con­sider that was the first op­tion when­ever they were ag­grieved. Chief Luchembe ad­vised the stu­dents to de­sist from break­ing in­no­cent peo­ple’s prop­er­ties or tak­ing the law into their hands when ag­grieved. Mean­while, chief Luchembe said that the un­timely death of Ms Shimuzhila, a fourth year UNZA stu­dent who died of suf­fo­ca­tion fol­low­ing a riot that erupted last Thurs­day night at the uni­ver­sity was re­gret­table.

Dora Siliya

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