UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says reports that government wants to abandon more than 4,000 University of Zambia students and consign them to the streets due to lack of money for bursaries; are shameless and a clear lack of priorities.
Mr Hichilema in a statement made available to QFM News says UPND, still insists on affordable and quality education being a responsibility of any caring government as one of its four pillars in its manifesto that also include agriculture, prudent economic management, and quality health care.
He says PF leaders must be held responsible and accountable for anything bad that will happen to these children as a result of being denied a chance to get education due to lack of bursary.
Mr Hichilema says the PF government has so far been wasting a lot of resources on by-elections being instigated by them, an alleged bloated cabinet, huge delegations to international meetings and other allowances, which would have been used for the education and other social sectors.
He says UPND believes that education is the best inheritance, best equaliser, and is an investment and not a cost and hence should be accessed by all children even those whose benefactors cannot afford to pay for their education.
Mr Hichiema says the PF government should therefore find the money for the youths at UNZA and other learning institutions even through a supplementary budget, like they have been doing for the by-elections, and other alleged wasteful expenditures.
( Wednesday 01st October 2014 )