UNZASU Press Statement On Subsidies

Unza BurnsFollowing the removal of subsidies on fuel and mealie meal, with the alleged justification of increased fuel pump price by the government, there has been an outcry from the many Zambians including us the students of the University of Zambia. This is simply because it is us, the ordinary Zambians that suffer the effects of such decisions.


We do not want to look at this issue from a narrow perspective such as limiting it to how it affects the elite of this country, but we want to take a holistic analysis and look at how it affects a common Zambian. The removal of subsidies has so far resulted in the following:


Firstly, the hiking of the fuel prices which has resulted into increased bus fares. Just here in Lusaka, bus drivers have increased bus fares with immediate effect on all routes by 15 per cent in order to cushion them against increase fuel prices.


In the agriculture sector, this rise in fuel prices will mean that the cost of transportation of both farming inputs and output will change and thereby trigger manufacturing production costs to be adjusted upwards.


This will lead to a rise in the inflation levels in the country, and further deteriorate the little incomes that the common citizen earns.

Thirdly, the prices of mealie meal have also shot up.

Another potential impact is on both domestic and foreign trade, where the country may be put in a disadvantaged situation especially when it comes to competing favourably in the regional market-the country may also fail to compete favourably in regional trade through the Common Market for Eastern and Southern (COMESA) customs union because of the high costs that will come with exporting of finished goods to other countries in the region.


The hike will also negatively affect economic activities resulting from reduced business due to high prices of acquiring and transporting of raw materials in and outside the country.


And mention must also be made that with the increased cost of our export prices, automatically this will trigger the deterioration of the exchange rate and the value of our currency will continue to be weaker and weaker. Ultimately, we will see a deterioration of the GDP and Balance of Payments for our country.

We all understand the spiral effect of the removal of subsidies on the many households in the country. The aforementioned are just a few from the many negative effects that the country may be plunged into if this issue is not addressed with the seriousness it deserves.


The 2013 budget theme was “Delivering Inclusive Development and Social Justice” and this theme cannot be achieved with such decions. The theme in this case becomes a misnomer.


We therefore urge government to be fully responsive to the myriad needs of all Zambian people and fight poverty by avoiding such policy decisions that exacerbate the poverty levels that we are experiencing.


We would like the government to look at the impact of removing these subsidies on the common citizen of this country. This policy is misplaced in terms of improving the welfare of the people.


We therefore advise our policy makers to take a comprehensive approach when coming up with these policies before implementation, and thus we appeal to the government to reconsider this move.

MURRAY ISABEL                                                                                       MWAULUKA SISHEKANU

ACTING PRESIDENT                                                                               SECRETARY GENERAL

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18 Responses to UNZASU Press Statement On Subsidies

  1. iye kwena PF Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

    i would like to join u guys and protest, let us know. We need to be in multitudes

  2. HH Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 8:32 am

    this is silly ! why do you like free stuff ? and you want the world to believe that you’re even educatd!!!!
    Vote for me and see if you’ll get free fuel free maize free condoms

    • Redbull Reply

      May 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

      you must be mad and i also belive you nevar past through sku coz yon thinking is too shallow

  3. malwa Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Shame to my fellow UNZA students. why should govt subsidize the mines and other industries at the expense of infrastructure development. The policies PF is implementing are like those by Margret Thatcher. They will hurt the lazy fellow, but will lift up the hard working. As for maize subsidy, UNZA students should be the first to welcome them. Removal will result in creation of employment, because agriculture will now be viewed as a business and not as politics.

    • isaac Reply

      May 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

      What you have said is nothing but truth. It might be hard in the short term but i can a sure you two or three years from today the same pipo will be smiling. There is no country in this world which have subsidy perpetually at one time subsidy thing should come to an end and this is the time.

    • ken Reply

      May 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

      You just sounded my words. I arge this Unzasu secretary to consult with her fellow students at Unza studying economics or developmental studies so that they can help her to think like a scholar and not like a street kid.

      You Isabel, you know that for you to enjoy in future, you have to leave the confort of your parents home to craete your own future, you are suffering jobbing with mosquitoes from Goma lakes bitting you.

      Not stopping there. You Isabel you know fully well time will come when you will need to have your own offsprings and for you to have that joy, you will have to endure 9 months of pregnancy and very painful delivery of your child. Immidiately you deliver, between your sobs, you will smile as the nurses presents your baby boy.

      Stop cheating yourselves Unza students. You are far from being the most educated. If anything you are the least. I know what I am talking about. i have been there.

      Stop cheating yourselves that you can speak for the people. You do not qualify to do that. some of us have been there. some of us are already bearing this load by paying over K13,000 Paye and you have to buy mealie meal for at least three households
      every month.

      So Student just shut your f**k up and study.

  4. tswana Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Zambians by now should learn that in order for our nation to prosper we have to do away with subsidies. In the 80′s united kingdom under the reign of Iron lady Margret Thatcher took the same root. I know it is a painful thing to do but i believe it will pay dividends at the end. There is no sweet without sweat.

  5. shaks Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Anyway, since gay scott has already told us to VOTE PF OUT if they FAIL!!! we know what to do come 2016!!!

    90 DAYS PROMISED – ZERO out of ten
    Lower taxes and more money…not with an ordinary person. May be their relatives!

    2016 KWALEPA BANE..

  6. tswana Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Malwa we had the same thought. I give glory to God

  7. gunda Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 8:52 am


  8. shampongo Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

    why are they not reducing the number of deputy ministers instead of subsidizing the the pricess of fuel and mealie meal

  9. salamano Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

    let them rule us thier own way. after all, we are used to living in hell conditions already. wat better life do we know as zambians other than hell life? developing zambia will only come to those who believe in reincurnation. in this life with the likes of PF, forget. but MUNAZIGONG’A ZONA.

  10. Popopo Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I thought subsides are like ama coupon KK use to give. I thought they promote laziness and wasting govt money. Lets wait and see time will heal. Its their time let them rule their way, long term plan wait for results dnt cry loud

  11. abavelevele Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

    “UBUFI”by Pilato and Petersen,”TOMATO BALUNDA”by Twice,”COMMON MAN”by Prof.P.K.Chishala,”BATALAMISOKA”by Impi,what do they have in common?Yet we turn a deaf ear to these songs.All i can say is that we are used so let be it.

  12. mfumu Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Subsidy may not be good for national development but the way in which it is removed create more questions than answers.
    With the increase in by elections,cabinet size one might think reduction in the size of cabinet must be prior to the removal of subsidies .
    And my government is not giving the clear explanation that even the ordinary Zambian can understand coz food is a priority to an one and if people can not afford it nothing can make sense.
    These people can not be trusted they remove the subsidy so that when nearing 2016 they can reintroduce it and fool the innocent souls of Zambia.
    UNZA keep up ,speak to these deaf eared politicians who think if the spend KR 1000 for talk time then everyone does.

  13. mathews Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    sata is receiving instractions from his church he is forfilling what it is writen in book of reveletion 13vs16-18, they burgeted for byelectons not for retiries those who sweated for above 25years until now they are suferinng to be paid, government is saying it has no money,if byelection have burgeted for please people inlud even for president we can`t wait 2016.

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  15. MALI Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Deputy Ministers like Chitotela Ronald who cant express his english very well, when he is on the screen, he speaks like he a child who is not sure of what he is going to say, hey i hear the wife is a headmistress after comeing from primary school, before ten years she is heading long serving teachers, when did she do her diploma and masters, ifi fya miti bushe, watch out sata, we are checking you.

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