SOME expelled students of the Copperbelt University (CBU) have regretted having gotten involved in the academic disturbances at the University and are now asking for forgiveness from President Edgar Lungu and the entire nation for the confusion which occurred at the institution.
According to the statement signed by the four CBU students’ representatives, the expelled students said they had decided to apologise to the nation and President Lungu after realising that the effects of their riotous behaviour were retrogressive, just like the effects of being expelled had far reaching consequences on their lives, their families and contribution to national development.
The four CBU students’ representatives, Chabala Luswili, Pengele Pengele, Peter Nyongani and Anthony Banda said they needed to pay back and felt by personal conviction that they owed society for the colossal sums of money that had been spent on them, through tax-payers money administered by government.
“We, as students of the CBU, do hereby realise we have been expelled from the University, but with utmost belief that the expulsions have a greater effect not only on us, but also our families and the nation at large because we shall not be able to contribute to society and well-being of humanity.
“To this effect, we hereby apologise and seek forgiveness from President Edgar Lungu and the entire nation for the disturbances that occurred at CBU.” We realise that just like in a household, when a child demands for something and parents seem not to pay attention, it does not necessarily mean the parents hate that child. It could mean that there are other family responsibilities the parents are taking care of,” said one of the expelled students.
The expelled students stated that going by the prevailing economic circumstances; they could have found other better means of engaging government, unlike what had transpired where students became riotous.