PAID students at the two closed public universities are interfering in their student union leaders’efforts to have the two institutions reopened, says Zambia National Students Union (ZANASU) vice president Prince Ndoyi.
He has disclosed that the students have been paid by some politicians from both the ruling party and the opposition political parties.
Mr Ndoyi has however advised the student union leaders at the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Copperbelt University (CBU) to resist political pressure and work freely to ensure the two institutions of higher learning were reopened.
He said yesterday in a statement, that all students must trust and support their presidents and that all union members must help their leaders approach this issue with diplomacy.
Mr Ndoyi said it was unfortunate that some union leaders turned back on the commitments agreed on during the meetings because of the intimidation they are getting from interested politically charged students whose aim is to oppose the reopening of the institutions.
“These are people who are against opening the schools because they have been paid to oppose all progressive ideas that will help the union leaders negotiate a quick way to open the schools.
“As union leaders, we must be truthful and confront this challenge and stop seeking approval from the few students on social media who are benefiting from the closure, and hell bent to see war between students and government,”he said.
Mr Ndoyi said it was not true that there have been no consultations among union leaders but stated that perhaps it has been inadequate, hence further dividing the students.
He has since called upon the Minister of Higher Education Dr Michael Kaingu to quickly open CBU and UNZA and that all union leaders have to go to a roundtable to find lasting solutions to the recommendations made through the two institutions.
And Mr Ndoyi has appealed to both unions to exercise boldness and maturity, avoid selfishness and political affiliations and embrace selflessness.
He revealed that the majority of the students at the two institutions were not on government sponsorship but that they were being punished severely for things that did not involve them in.