UPND president Hakainde Hichilema reacting to the shooting of two University of Zambia students over the meal allowance protest, in the process questioning the value for money of Presidential foreign trips relative to other expenditure. I tend to agree with him that some of the Presidential activities have benefit cost ratios below 1. Unfortunately it all bit late now given than Presidential trips expenditure are part of the overall national budget. A 2008 Budget approved byMPs, including Mr Hichilema's own MPs. I don't ever recall this being raised when the Budget was being debated. The President appears to have been given a pot of money and he is simply spending it accordingly.
"I was very alarmed to hear President Mwanawasa say that his government will not increase allowances that our students are requesting. This is total irresponsibility of the highest standard. We have been calling for proper funding to our two universities and unless this is done, students' unrest will not be stopped. Right now President Mwanawasa is spending more money for his trip to Japan than what is requested by the students. Why can't he prioritise education in the country?"
Hakainde Hichilema (The Post)
Saturday, 31 May 2008
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