GOVERNMENT will not hesitate to close any higher learning institutions if politicians continue bribing student union leaders, Vice President Inonge Wina has warned.
Ms Wina has since appealed to politicians to desist from interfering in politics at the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Copperbelt University (CBU) to avoid riots and closures.
Ms Wina told parliament yesterday during the Vice President’s question time that the involvement of politicians in funding students to riot was causing acrimony in institutions of higher learning.
“Politicians should desist from meddling in politics at institutions of higher learning because this is what is causing confusion among students,” she said. Mrs Wina was responding to a question from Namwala United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Moono Lubezhi who was concerned about the closure of UNZA and CBU.
She said that it is sad that some politicians had a tendency of wanting to get political mileage by influencing students to riot.
She said that government does not take any pride in closing institutions of higher learning but would not hesitate to do so whenever politicians get behind the students riots.
“I hoped that the ring leaders of the riots are now reflecting on the wrong things that they did and regretting their actions,” Ms Wina said.
Meanwhile Choma Central UPND Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa annoyed Vice-President Wina who she said should feel ashamed that despite her assurances of peace in the House, PF cadres had continued to instigate violence.
Ms Wina said political violence in whatever manner should be condemned by political leaders either from the ruling party of the opposition.
She was responding to Mr Mweetwa who raised concerns on recent political violence that had been exhibited by cadres, Ms Wina said that she was surprised that there was no condemnation of political violence by cadres in Choma recently from the UPND.
She said that the Patriotic Front acknowledges and takes blame if any of its cadres was involved in violent acts and condemns such action.