CHANGE is coming whether you like it or not, a Copperbelt-based Socialist Party youth league member, Mwape Mando has told PF leaders.
Commenting on higher education minister Professor Nkandu Luo’s sustained refusal to re-open the Copperbelt University (CBU), Mando, the coordinator of the Copperbelt Socialist Students’ Brigade, accused the PF government of stealing the students’ future right before their very eyes.
“Nkandu Luo, you say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes,” Mando said in an interview.
“Until you start focusing on what needs to be done, rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope.”
He accused Prof Luo of lacking the maturity to admit that the PF leadership had messed up.
“You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency break. You are not mature enough to say it as it is. Even that burden you leave to us students!” Mando charged.
“I don’t care about being popular. I care about academic freedom.”
Mando noted that young Zambians’ education progression was being sacrificed to enable a minority few continue to make profits.
“Our education is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our education is being sacrificed so that politicians can live in luxury,” Mando lamented.
“It’s the suffering of many which pays the luxuries of a few. We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis; we need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground.”
Mando added that what was urgently needed was to find solutions to the issues that led to closures and riots at public universities.
“We need to focus on equity and finding solutions to situations which lead to riots and closures. These are possible to find, if not then maybe we should change the system itself,” he said.
“We have not come here to beg Ministry of Higher Education to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again.”
Mando stressed that Zambia’s youth have run out of excuses and time.
“We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time,” said Mando.
“I have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.”