Student bodies warn of nationwide protests if government does not hand over the constitution

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UNZA students

Student bodies in the country have warned of nationwide protests if the government does not communicate to the general public when the constitution will be simultaneously handed over to the President and the public.

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Zambian National Students Union ZANASU Northern Region President Kinsley Chinyama sounded the warning in an interview with Flava FM News on April 10, 2014.

Mr Chinyama says the students met at the national congress in Lusaka where students resolved to follow up the matter closely and demand for the release of the constitution.

He says the students also resolved that government be given 10 days to state the date failure to which nationwide protests would commence.

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Mr Chinyama has vowed that students will no longer bend to government’s delaying tactics and tolerate people going against the wishes of the Zambians a the constitution does not belong to an individual

And Mr Chinyama has disclosed the technical committee on drafting the constitution wrote to the student body indicating that they had handed over the constitution to the ministry of Justice.

However, when the students sought an audience with the minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba, they were denied access and instead his subordinate attended to them and said the ministry of Justice had not yet received the draft constitution.

Mr Chinyama is therefore disappointed that conflicting statements are being given on the constitution

And on student allowances, Copperbelt University Academics and Welfare Secretary Miselo Mumba has warned that if government does not attend to the students needs, they will be forced to speak in a language that it bests understands.

Mumba says students have been begging that allowances be increased but government has been quiet.

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