Govt ignores calls to reopen CBU

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The Patriot Front led government has ignored calls by stakeholders, interests groups and individuals to reopen the Copperbelt University (CBU). The government has opted to be silent on the way forward regarding the second highest learning institution in the country after closing it indefinitely more than two months ago.

Musician and civil rights activist Chama Fumba better known by his stage name Pilato has been one of the many individuals who have consistently been calling on government to reopen the university and let students proceed with their academic calendar.

Pilato recently launched the #OpenCBU campaign which has been trending on social media. He and other activists have also notified police on their intention to hold a peaceful demonstration to press government to urgently open CBU – a request police have refused to even acknowledge.

And a former CBU Student who spoke on condition of anonymity said President Edgar Lungu must get to CBU and sort out the problems at the institution.

“As a people we have a decision to make, its either we remain silent and allow President Lungu and his minister of higher of education to peacefully hold to ransom the dreams of thousands of students at the Copperbelt University because it is emotionally satisfying for them,” ¬†he said.

“We all demand that the university is opened and allow students to resume their studies and maybe inconvenience the emotions of those that are okay with the status quo CBU has more than 10,000 students, its not possible that they all took to the streets. If only 100 students were protesting then why should the president and his minister violet the right to education of the majority students who were not violent?”

On April 5, Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo  indefinitely closed the Copperbelt University.

Prof. Luo also banned the student’s union, further ordering students to leave the institution with immediate effect.

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