OPPOSITION UPND has described as undemocratic the conduct by the Zambia Police to arrest former University of Zambia students who were protesting against high unemployment levels in the country.
But, Evangelical Youth Alliance International president Reverend Moses Lungu has condemned the protest by the former students, saying the ex-UNZA students should appreciate their education and become entrepreneurs in order for them to create jobs for the unemployed rather than running on the streets.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said the arrest of the six former students at East Park Mall was unjustifiable and politically motivated.
Mr. Hichilema condemned the action by police, saying the people of Zambia were in trouble under the leadership of the PF as they would not be allowed to make Government accountable to its promises.
“The PF has continued with its undemocratic tendencies of blocking people from expressing themselves freely. It is sad that this time they don’t want to be held accountable for their promises,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema demanded that the charges slapped on the six former jobless students from UNZA be dropped without any condition, adding that leadership should learn to listen to the concerns of the population.
“This is total collapse of the PF Government. They don’t want anybody to question them about the failure to create jobs for the locals. It is just a few days ago when we heard that the PF Government has created over 25 000 jobs for foreigners and these foreigners by February 2015 had their work permit given to them. Our question is that what kind of jobs can Zambia create for 13 000 Chinese, 7000 Indians and 4000 South African which the people of Zambia cannot do?” Mr. Hichilema wondered.
Mr. Hichilema said he supported the peaceful protest because it was the only sure way to attract Government’s attention in a democracy.
The UPND leader said the PF Government should listen to the problems the people of Zambia were facing rather than using police to arrest them whenever there was an issue of national interest.