opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has called on government to quickly address challenges being faced by higher learning institutions in the country.
Party president Hakainde Hichilema said he is saddened with the current happenings at the learning institutions which have been rocked by riots with the latest one at the University of Zambia (UNZA).
He noted that Mulungushi University was recently closed due to lack of water and poor sanitation, a problem which he said persisted in other learning institutions.
In a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Hichilema called on government to immediately pay the students their allowances in full.
Mr. Hichilema highlighted that unpaid or late meal allowances are also among the challenges faced by students in the country.
He said failure to look after students at higher learning institutions is catastrophic for the country.
Mr. Hichilema observed that students who have not been paid their allowances come from poor families that only depend on agriculture produce.
And Mr. Hichilema has however said UPND does not support riotous behaviour that results in damaging property.