Stop abus­ing youths, politi­cians told

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

IT is un­for­tu­nate that some politi­cians’ des­per­a­tion for power has led them to in­cite stu­dents to rise against Govern­ment, re­sult­ing in loss of in­no­cent lives, a se­nior Pa­tri­otic Front Eastern Prov­ince mem­ber has charged

IT is un­for­tu­nate that some politi­cians’ des­per­a­tion for power has led them to in­cite stu­dents to rise against Govern­ment, re­sult­ing in loss of in­no­cent lives, a se­nior Pa­tri­otic Front Eastern Prov­ince mem­ber has charged. In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Boni­face Botha said he strongly be­lieved that there was a po­lit­i­cal hand in last Thurs­day night’s protests by Uni­ver­sity of Zam­bia (UNZA) stu­dents, hours af­ter some of them had at­tended a press brief­ing ad­dressed by a named politi­cian. Mr. Botha said the politi­cians and the stu­dents in ques­tion knew well that po­lice were ex­pected to re­act to any such dis­tur­bance at the high­est learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion, hence the lat­ter’s al­leged de­lib­er­ate move to protest in the night over de­layed meal, project and ac­com­mo­da­tion al­lowances; and cre­ate a sce­nario that would point ac­cus­ing fin­gers at Govern­ment. “Los­ing such a youth­ful life is un­for­tu­nate to her fam­ily, the na­tion and even to the op­po­si­tion par­ties. A lot was ex­pected from her es­pe­cially that we are now on the de­vel­op­ment agenda.

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