UNZA ri­ots were spon­sored says Luo

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THERE is more than what meets the eye in the re­cent Uni­ver­sity of Zam­bia (UNZA) ri­ots, says Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Nkandu Luo. Pro­fes­sor Luo said peo­ple who spon­sor such ac­tiv­i­ties did not even en­rol their chil­dren there but sent them abroad, leav­ing the un­der­priv­i­leged to suf­fer. She said the UNZA riot which re­sulted in a loss of life was un­called for be­cause stu­dents were paid their meal al­lowance on time. Speak­ing in Lusaka at a press brief­ing yes­ter­day, Prof. Luo said she would not re­sign and that the peo­ple who caused the ri­ots were the ones who should re­sign. The min­is­ter clar­i­fied that she had not banned unions at higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions and that there was a tran­si­tion of lead­er­ship con­cept known as guild. She won­dered why it was only UNZA and the Cop­per­belt Uni­ver­sity (CBU) which seemed to riot fre­quently while other higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions were peace­ful. "I will not re­sign let the peo­ple who caused the ri­ots re­sign. "Usu­ally when a riot is about to take place at UNZA we are usu­ally tipped but this time it was dif­fer­ent and if you saw the peo­ple who were ri­ot­ing those were mostly hired thugs yes there some stu­dents but the ma­jor­ity were hired thugs, " she said. Prof. Luo said she ex­pected a con­struc­tive stu­dent lead­er­ship which would tackle is­sues of academia as well as other chal­lenges stu­dents faced and not that which fo­cused only on meal al­lowances. She said there was need to se­cure higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions un­like the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion whereby any­one could walk in and out at any­time with­out be­ing ques­tioned. Prof. Luo said there were 900 stu­dents on the project al­lowance list but that the min­istry re­ceived a du­pli­cated list of 2, 000 stu­dents with some names ap­pear­ing twice. She said some of the names in­cluded those of first year stu­dents when in fact they were not do­ing any project. Prof. Luo said the list would be ver­i­fied and de­manded that the the­sis the stu­dents were work­ing on be sub­mit­ted to the bur­sary board.

Pro­fes­sor Luo

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