UNZASU discredit statement supporting ban of meal allowances

By Staff Reporter

University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) president Warren Hamusunga says the statement attributed to the union supporting the ban of meal allowances is false.

State owned Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday reported that UNZASU was in support of government’s decision to abolish meal allowances for new students.

In a statement today, Hamusunga said the views expressed did not reflect those of the union and maintained that UNZASU would continue to advocate for the meal allowances for the first-year students.

He said screening for the meal allowances would not commence on today until further notice.

“We want to warn other executive members not to issue statements that did not reflect the majority decision of UNZASU, because disciplinary action would be taken against those found wanting,” said Hamusunga.

“We can confirm that hungry student leaders from some institutions will continue to be ferried and given some monies ranging from K200 to K1,200 to issue statements in an attempt to legitimatise the poorly made decision that will negatively affect students from poor families now and generations to come,” he said.