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Nyirenda Speaks for Expelled Riotous UNZA Students

Operation Young Vote has spoken for the expelled University of Zambia students over riotous behaviour.

OYV executive director Guess Nyirenda said that the expelled students were not given a hearing before being chucked out of campus.

Nyirenda said that the students may have been wrongly accused of the deed as there may have been no thorough investigations.

Below is the full statement:

16th JUNE, 2018: MINISTER’S UNILETRAL REMOVAL OF 5 UNZA STUDENTS FROM GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP STATEMENT BY OYV

The alleged unilateral decision by the Minister of Higher Education Prof. Nkandu Luo to remove the five University of Zambia (UNZA) students from Government sponsorship is not only personal, appalling and unacceptable but also an act abuse of authority and office and total infringement of human rights and right to education for the said students.

If it is indeed true that the affected students were not subjected to legal procedures as laid down in the students’ affairs disciplinary code at the institution, to be granted the much need opportunity to be heard, then the Minister was completely out of order.

It must be appreciated that in no way that OYV supporting any student misconduct and/or riotous behavior, but merely calling for the rules of natural justice to be applied.

The Minister should know very well or in case she has forgotten must be reminded that a person/suspect is innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law – or in the case of students the Students University Disciplinary Committee – whose decision can be appealed against to the court of law.

It is very worrying that under the Patriotic Front (PF) regime, things are upside down, where one gets punished and then heard later. There are many examples to this effect.

What is also sad is the way and tone the Minister used when addressing the same issue with the media. There was autocracy in handling the whole matter. The Minister must not sound as though the money paying for the sponsorship of students is hers as an individual – it’s not her personal money but tax payers and the same students’ parents and/or guardians are tax payers. It is actually more riotous and inhuman to unilaterally cut students (especially that they have been studying for many years) from Government sponsorship without any consideration for natural justice where the accused are given an opportunity to be heard.

Operation Young Vote therefore demands that the Minister reverses the unilateral decision and allow the students an opportunity to be heard.

In the event that the Minister becomes adamant, as is always the case with the PF regime, we can only urge the students to remain strong and seek a judicial review in the courts of law.

For and on behalf of OPERATION YOUNG VOTE

Guess Nyirenda (Mr.)

Executive Director

23 Comments

  1. Ree-shar

    Comment still loading…….

  2. dra'y

    I lyki dat

  3. SHI ALIKO

    🌻

  4. zam

    That was a very incorrect act by the minister that’s no a personal institution were one can make decisions on his own…. If the minister want to expel students let him do it to his children…!!!! take them (students) to court they want to be heard as well

  5. Self nyokozi

    That’s the heart needed in Zambia of waiting to the hearing. Not just doing things unprofessionally and you’re a mother and one thing supplising me is that , that’s not your personal money nor your family’s money but for the government. And what is government? Check this out and don’t be stupid

  6. rok

    Comment betting the finger which is feeding you,,,,,, you’re a lesson to others.

  7. ndamwumfwa maisa

    It true the minister was wrong there is no judgemment without trials moreover those children are ours let us not destroy there future by removing basary by the way what does basary got to do rioting?

  8. ditto

    Go to the US or UK, riot, stone innocent people’s vehicles, burn stuff then come and tell us about it. Please.

  9. BTK

    She is too old for the post & must be given retirement,thus why she is called professor cause no one disturbed her Education, so why disturbing others, please we reject your moves madam in Jesus name.

  10. BTK

    Please how does someone Judge issues minus proof, it means there is grudge.Please madam learn to use handbrake when dealing with issues from learning institutions.

  11. SHI ALIKO

    Madam processor what ever you call yourself please follow the procedure

  12. Shi ali ko

    Comment:ba pf vintu vakuvutani mwayambovichitilamo chabe,mwankala blok mwaona tenzokambo kuti imwe simuzakwanisa kuteka chalo jst leave H.H he change this country.

  13. ZONDA

    Comment Mr NYERENDA ARE U CORRUPTED THOSE STUDENT BANALIKUONA MONGA BAKULA THEY COMITED ACRIME THEIR BANA BAVELELAKO NA CHI FUNDO THIS TIME SEMBE BALI MUNDENDE

  14. Davy sage mpundu

    This prof thinks she z everything,that was a wrong channel madam,u shud learn to consult,mind u,uo day are numbered.

  15. Mk

    Students should concentrate on studies and not throwing stones.give sponsorship to people who read

  16. sparks

    Ba pro note that your words are not final, note that they are supected so they not guilty until they are proved in the court of law that they are!!!! This is selfishness Ba pro, remember u are educated ka, that’s way also that want too

  17. Munasi

    It is shameful for a minister not to follow the law.Let the students be heard in an open court if they had committed a crime.The minister has acted as policeman and judge at the same time!

  18. Foster simazaba

    If Among of those students are sons of so called ministers they could have revesd the disng.

  19. chikubabe

    Nikuvipisha vikapusa,

  20. Jms

    How can a gun reason its the matter of a Hunter to take it and go to kill as well as a dog . so that mp hasn’t reasoned will it sims she hasn’t got children

  21. Jms

    TELL PEOPLE HOW YOU SELECT THOSE FOR BURSARY

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