By HELLEN TEMBO –
THE University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) has hailed the Government for calling for dialogue with the student union representatives from the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University (CBU).
This follows calls by Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu that the Government was ready to dialogue with the two student unions before considering re-opening the institutions which were closed following persistent riotous behaviour.
UNZASU secretary general Clement Kaponda said in a statement yesterday that the student unions welcomed Government’s call and was looking forward to fruitful dialogue.
“We wish to request your media to inform students, parents, Government and society in general on this important gesture and we will be more than glad if such was considered immediately,” Mr Kaponda said.
UNZASU president Jones Mwewa recently expressed remorse on behalf of the student populace over events leading to the closure and appealed to the Government to re-open the two institutions.
The union, in its letter addressed to President Edgar Lungu dated February 10 this year, appealed to the Government to dialogue with UNZASU over the closure.
He said the dialogue between the Government and the student unions would curb the uncalled-for demonstrations and that the two unions were ready to restore sanity to the two higher learning institutions.