President Sata to Launch Palabana University

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PRESIDENT Michael Sata
PRESIDENT Michael Sata

His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia will tomorrow [Friday, May 17, 2013] lay a foundation stone for the construction of the Palabana University.

This is barely two weeks after the Head of State laid a foundation stone for the construction of Chalimbana University.

President Sata says the birth of Chalimbana and Palabana universities will shortly be followed by the upgrading of infrastructure in other universities that have been created so far.

“I am proud to announce that government has already completed the transformation of the Nkrumah College of education in Kabwe into a fully fledged university of Social Sciences. Government has further completed the transformation of the Copperbelt College of education in Kitwe into a fully fledged Mukuba University of Natural Sciences,” President Sata says.

“The establishment of these universities underscores the PF government’s determination to increase access to tertiary education especially for our young people who are currently competing to go to the only three public universities, being the University of Zambia, Copperbelt University and Mulungushi University.”

In addition, the President says government is completing construction works at the Robert Kapasa Makasa University of Science and Technology in Chinsali district in Muchinga province.

President Sata says government is determined to establish a university in each of the ten provinces.

“It is with dismay that regardless of the growing population, Zambia has for the past 49 years of independence, lagged behind in the expansion of tertiary education especially at university level, due to the limited number of universities in the country. It is for this reason that the Patriotic Front (PF) government is determined to change this scenario,” the Head of State says.

Issued by:

GEORGE CHELLAH
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

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82 COMMENTS

    • What budget lines is this man of action using to be springing up numerous projects at one goal.He has to put in place physical structures at the many districts he has created immediately he wakes up from his nightmares,there are some 650 clinics to be constructed throughout the country,there is a 76 member cabinet to cater for,there is the link Zambia Road network,there are some football stadiums to be put up,there is new provincial capital in Southern Province to cater for and not forgetting a completely new Muchinga Province.Meanwhile UNZA continues to deteriorate due to poor funding from this PF government and the Health sector is not left out as even ARVs CANNOT BE FOUND IN HOSPITALS.Where is the money going to come from Mr President Sir?

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    • Where is N.R.D.C, Hone, NIPA stand in PF govt. Is it in the hands of non PF cadres?
      Or Some people still hold them for person gain. A N.R.D.C has never been mentioned by the presidents except once in year during graduation ceremony by actually deputy ministers. Maybe PF should change the entire management, name and vision especially N.R.D.C. it like management is failing to sale N.R.D.C. since 1964 when the college was officially opened by K.K, still the same. if others did it why do not you do it. As former NRDC, UNZA, Uni Cambridge, Now Professor lecturing and incharge of so many programs in various countries, I feel management of NRDC as a let down. Talk to PF. “No plan like CHIBWI”
      The Bible is clear ” even the last coin will be taken away from you”

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    • The beginning of YUNZA and it’s importance in Zambian society.
      The balance of power is spreading across the country.

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  1. That’s the way to go but you still have to change your governance approach of the Bufi style. increase in millie meal prices, fuel etc no jobs

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    • @ Touros, the many projects being undertaken simultaneously clearly shows that the “man of action” is very serious and in hurry to develop this country!! Forget about your budget line nefisungu ifyashala!! The thing is the president wants to get things done, period!

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    • Quality or Quantity? How good are lecturers’ conditions of service in the existing universities and what calibre of lecturers are we currently attracting and retaining?
      At this conversion rate, is there going to be any college left before every classroom is declared a university in our country? Does the PF know that education is not only at university level? The real education lacking for development is technical skills at crafts and artisan level. That is why every building or road we construct is ugly and crumbles in just months after ‘completion’. University of what? So, if as a student you board a minibus going to this university, you must start tell the conductor Where to leave you at least 10km before reaching it, like “Munisiye pa university of Robert lubemba sosala kapasa…

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  2. Good ! I hope the degrees the students will be getting will be qualitable enough to be recognized outside Zambia.Personally i would rather you put the house in order at CBU and UNZA before putting your energy into the palabana and Kapasa makasa universities.

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    • Why do you think i`m mad ? Bring your point we debate kaili naiwe not ubungwa ubu.Learn how to debate waumfwa ?

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    • My point is that there are so many kids out there in need of an education. The more unis we build the better. How many unis are in the city you are living in in Europe? Countless, right? Why then should we be stuck with 3 unis only? Did I call you mad? Hell no! I was asking a question and yes, you have answered it well.

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    • You have a point but unfortunately your immaturity has diluted it.If only you can learn how to engage in a debate without so much as getting personal.If you can Read my first statement i started with “good” which means i`m happy with the building of more universities ,but i further talked about putting the house in order at CBU and UNZA because it doesn`t make sense to me why more universities should be built when the two old ones have issues that needs attention.Like lack of qualified staff at UnZa(Master students and sometimes bachelor students as lecturers ?),poor lab facilities and accommodation issues.Thats what i`m talking about man.I know we have a long way to go before reaching the level where these guys here are, but all hope is not lost.Its all baout being strategic.

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  3. GOOD INITIATIVE, BUT DO WE HAVE THE BUDGET TO BUILD THESE UNIVERSITIES, WHY NOT START WITH UPGRADES OF CURRENT INSTITUTIONS, THEN ATTRACT REPUTABLE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES TO PARTNER WITH ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT?? A CONCEPT WHICH HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY MOST GOVERNMENTS. IT’S NOT ABOUT NAMES “UNIVERSITY” ACCREDITATION ALSO MATTERS ON INTERNATIONAL LEVELS.

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    • Thats why the subsidies have been removed guys.. mumfwila kwisa kanshi??? When we say money was being wasted by sponsoring lazyness you guys politisizing the issue. Let the money go into infrastructure. Thze Chinese can finish the 2 Universities in less than a year since the subsidy money will be available.

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    • It’s the Infracture that made UK to be what it’s today cheers mr President

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    • Money has never been the issue in our country, but its its application, management by those we entrust with the job to do so on our behalf.

      we can achieve a lot if our leaders stop politicizing projects and become committed to national development with the same vigor they show in politics and by-elections in particular

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    • @ # 5 THANKS, JUST THAT IT’S WORRYING TO SEE THAT OUR LEADERS ARE OUT OF TOUCH, WITH MODERN REALITIES AND HAVE WRONG PRIORITIES. ZAMBIAN PALABANA DEGREE??? THEN? “Rotting ON THE SHELF” NO WORK OR INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. A WASTE OF TIME FOR OUR POOR YOUNG ZAMBIANS

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  4. University of social Sciences, University of Natural Sciences etc. Please this is just a heap of nonsense! Please Zambians ignore this PF rubbish! This is the same rubbish we had in the 1990s with titles like: UTH Board of Management, Ndola Central Hospital Board of Management etc. And this also came from Sata’s toxic head! Sata should leave the naming of institutions to the public. The names he comes up with are always terrible! (Puking!)

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  5. The existing universities are in shambles, what will be the difference with the new ones?

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    • They can also expand Capacity and Infrastructure of the current universities. If they can not manage the 2 we have, how will they manage many??

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  6. Bravo!!! The economy shifted to brain long ago. Now is the time to position Zambia on the world map.

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  7. This is good mr president.
    All those who are not understanding why subsidy has been remove will now get your point.But we dont just heve to hear but also to see.
    Dont be lazzy people!!

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  8. A very welcome development.The increase in universities will almost make us to be at par with developed nations where university educations is available to the majority of the qualified pupils and students.The few numbers of people who were going to universities in the Unza and CBU only era made it look like going to university was just a preserve of a certain cream at the apex of the IQ ladder.

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    • Exactly! Just recently there were issues at CBU and UNZA has had the same problem for years. When Government tries to sort out the problem some chaps just condemn. Remove this dependancy syndrome of subsidies and start pumping that money into infrastructure development i.e more health facilities, educational institutions, roads etc. What we also need to do more is concentrate on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related qualifications as well as practical Artisan courses.

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  9. @THE PRINCE and others in opposition with this idea, I wonder whether there is anything you will appreciate if you can’t appreciate this move. The Universities we have are too congested and this move is a step in the right direction to decongesting the existing Universities. On the Jobs, you need to realize the need to change our mentality as educated people. Let us strive to create jobs with the knowledge we get from these universities. That way Zambia is going to move forward. We are not trained to move from one employer to another but to be employers of others. I strongly support this move by His Excellence!!!

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  10. Be careful That sounds like just too many universities. Its not Universities that a nation needs. Craft or artisanship colleges and Technical colleges are what drive industrial development. Learn from the South Africans. Their schoolleavers focus too much on university education so now the nation lacks skilled people in the trades. South African degree holders are now not having jobs because the market isn’t looking for them. Jobs such as plumbing, bricklaying, metal fabricating, electrical etc are mostly being done by Zimbabweans Congolese and Mozambicans living in South Africa.

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    • Quite correct my brother. Universities aren’t a priority in developing states. With its current population Zambia needs just about 4 big universities. Its focus should be industry driven: Mining, Forestry Agric SCiences construction Business So more ZITs NORTECs NRDCs

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  11. MAKE SURE THAT THESE PROJECTS ARE COMPLETED AND RUNNING. MIND YOU YOU HAVE CREATED A NUMBER OF DISTRICTS THAT ALSO NEED TO BE DEVELOPED. IN MY VIEW, AT THIS TIME YOU PROBABLY NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON THE ALREADY-EXISTING PROJECTS. MAKE SURE THEY REACH COMPLETION. THEN YOU CAN START NEW ONES. OTHERWISE THEY WILL BE WHITE ELEPHANTS.

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  12. Currently there are a lot of qualified people with no jobs. The best thing is to create more jobs before producing more degrees. The industry itself will determine if there is need for more universities.

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    • So are you implying that these qualified people can’t work for these new Universities? Geeez the level of thinking of some people is amazing! What does employment creation mean to you? There are a lot of support functions (administrative, secretarial and clerical etc) apart from Academic roles that are associated with Educational institutions bwana!

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    • SIR, REFER TO A COMMENT BY KABOVA!! YOU NEED TO HAVE A VISION TO DEVELOP AS A COUNTRY.

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  13. An Enlightened society makes governments accountable for whatever they do without criticizing from an ignorant point of view. Governments mistreat their people due to high ignorance levels.

    Let more Zambians get enlightenment

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  14. Altho these university are not budgeted for, we are doing so, so that u vote for us in the budgeted for by elections

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    • Why is the Internet ba Monk at UNZA. am aware CBU students are failing to access Internet services. Certificates will changed to degrees. what will be the rankings because I can not see UNZA rankings near. How many members of staff, what are their qualifications, reputations, publications, standing in the world. training programs, establishment from a Chancellors, VC, heads of Faculty, Schools, departments lecturers, lab technicians all my God.
      Consider me as meas a V.C

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  15. Good News and thats where the subsidies money will go, education infrastructure development very cardinal to every nation

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  16. All serious countries have a lot of Universities, some of which are not recognised outside. Look at India. Their degrees were derided for a long time. However, action speaks louder than words. Employers in western countries are falling over themselves to employ Indian graduates. We need to look at what we need in Zambia, not trying to imitate foreign institutions which are much better funded and open only to the elite. No one wants to set up high quality factories in Zambia because of lack of skilled manpower. This is a good start. At least we will have universities future governments can improve upon. I know the president will be criticized but some people no matter what he does.

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  17. Good evening

    I’m equally impressed whenever I read such headlines on LT. Education is the key to a greater future for Zambians and a better Zambia.

    Let us not be discouraged by the wave of negative remarks that will not cease to flow against the positive actions. Former US President George Bush was once quoted saying “the greatest tyranny is the tyranny of low expectations.”

    Africans with low expectations must move away. The time has come for Africans with great expectations. Wait and see how Africa reclaims it’s rightful position as top dog in the next 50 years.

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  18. It will be important if the president came out in open through a press conference and address all this issues facing the nation including meal meal shortage, unemployment , gas include etc instead of constantly hiding in Chellah

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  19. A WISE FARMER PREPARES HIS FIELD WHEN HE KNOWS RAIN SEASON IS COMING. HE DOES NOT WAIT FOR THE FIRST RAINS TO PREPARE HIS FIELD. A SEASON OF ABUNDANCE IS DUE FOR ZAMBIA THERES NEED FOR OUR LEADERS TO CATCH VISIONS OF THEIR PREDECESSORS TO FOSTER CONTINUITY FOR THE GOOD OF THE FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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  20. The choice of names of these Universities is frankly very comical. Imagine being interviewed for a job and you say, ‘I am a graduate of PALABANA University’.
    Is that a line in movie by EDDIE MURPHY. Palabana uni??? Where is that? What is the significance of the name Palabana? Is it a name of a chief? Ancient burial site? A site of an old slave post? What is it?

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    • DID YOU EXPECT OUR LOCAL UNIVERSITIES TO HAVE NAMES SUCH AS ‘OXFORD,’ ‘HARVARD’, ‘CAMBRIDGE’ etc? DO YOU EVEN LIVE IN ZAMBIA ANYWAY..??

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    • Ignorance is a sin. You start talking about something you have no idea about. Palabana college has been in existence since the Kaunda era and it is this same college being upgraded to a University status. You know there is a saying that even a foooool appears wise if he keeps quiet.

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  21. Nothing will come out of this nonsense. Sata is just pretending to be busy by announcing these projects that are neither costed nor budgeted for. Sata is an illiterate all action pretender. The chap doesn’t even know when he is telling lies because he was born a liar. He’s just destroying the country!

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  22. very great move indeed. if zambians were enlightened they would easily understand the benefits of removing the wasteful subsidies.

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  23. LADIES AND GENTS, LETS GIVE CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE AND CRITICIZE ACCORDINGLY!! SO FAR IN TERMS OF DEVELOPING THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS PROVISION OF QUALITY EDUCATION THE SATA AND THE PF SEEM TO BE QUITE SERIOUS!!

    LOOK A THE VERY AMBITIOUS PROJECTS EMBARKED ON!! KING LEWANYIKA UNIS; ROBERT MAKASA UNIS, CHALIMBANA UNIS; PALABANA UNIS, UPGRADING OF SOME EXISTING COLLEGES INTO UNIS. ALL THIS IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS. CERTAINLY THIS IS VISION, IF YOU ASK ME!!!

    YOU HAVE TO BE FOOL TO SELL YOURSELF TO BITTER HAKAINDE AND HIS MALICIOUSLY PLANNED “TONGA COUNTRYWIDE DEMONSTRATION”! FOR HIM ITS YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GET BACK AT SATA FOR WALLOPING HIM IN THE LAST GENERAL ELECTIONS! IN A DEMOCRACY, IN THIS CENTURY?! VERY PRIMITIVE INDEED!!!!!!!

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    • Well said Patriot. There are people who have nothing to offer and you can tell from their contributions

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  24. Sata has already ruined his reputation so no matter what he does, good or bad, to the people its still BAD. Balimumwenamo kale mudala so for him its clearly a wrap for his reputation. Comedian in chief!!

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  25. Weldone Mr President Michael Sata. Indeed education is key to development and you have the right key. Go on, am giving you my back.

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  26. There are people who have nothing to offer but just hide in their tribal corners and cry foul instead of embracing development. Zambia is where it is because KK provided education at the level needed then. Now we have moved from that step and we need the current development. I have seen blogs talking about subisdies, employment forgeting that education is primary to the survival of any nation. These universities will transform this nation not only through the direct education but through services they are going to give to the masses in terms ofn business to the locals, employment, information, you can name it. In most develped nations small towns like Mongu literally survive from the universities opportunities. Students from all over bring in a lot of resources in the local areas.

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    • THANKS, STYLISH! LETS NOT ALLOW THESE UNSCRUPULOUS CHARACTERS TO BE MISLEADING OUR INNOCENT MASSES! WHY SHOULD SOME PEOPLE ALWAYS SEE EVERY THING IN TERMS OF WHICH TRIBE SOME ONE IS?

      LETS SPEAK OUT! WE MUST NOT SIT BACK AND ALLOW THESE CHAPS TO INCITE ANARCHY IN OUR PEACEFUL COUNTRY..

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    • There is no mention of “tribal corners” in the article.Are we reading the same article?

      What about the distribution of national resources,why not build PUBLIC universities in areas that do not yet have them-eastern,luapula,northern!,northwest,western and sp(in alphabetical order-not in tribal order!!)?would it not be fairer to widely spread national development?

      GRZ should be commended for such undertakings.

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  27. Education is the only vehicle that can bring about change in zambia…malaysia has 20 public universities and 320 private ones…when u re in malaysia almost everyone has a degree such that even to be a moble phone repair one needs a degree otherwise u will not be given a lisence to practice.. this means they are looking at quality services and making sure every malaysian has a skill…there are about 30,000 international students and for visa processing and renewal international students pay about MR1750 (kr2975). this means education is commercialised such that gorvenment earns about kr8.9m per year…Infrustructure development is the only way to go…

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  28. Make me understand this. If Nkrumah will be for Social Sciences, will it do away with Bsc. with Education?

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  29. Mr. President just get to work, that will not help the nation finish what you already started. Mr. Creator, you will soon creator your heaven at state house for your large cabinet.

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  30. More Universities without comprehensive Human Resource Development policy? Some Ministries have people with degrees doing certificate jobs while other ministries have specialist jobs at provincial and district level still being manned by unqualified people. Government should establish a cross-ministry commission to routinely carry out a staff inventory and their qualifications and to synchronize staff placements across ministries. Training of people is only wortyh investing in if the skills of people trained can be appropriately used to develop the country.

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  31. Are these universities a result of serious planning hinged on input by experienced academics or they are mere political projects? At the rate we are going I see all teacher training colleges in Zambia becoming universities.

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  32. i want to thank to his exellency he done a good job you people you must appriciate to mr micheal sata of building univesity thats why you will find that every time ma riots ichilenga shortage of univesity alot of people share one univesity muno mu zambia we have only one good univesity ayashala l yakufoga fye kwati lisukulu lya pa nipa. lekeni ama yunifesity yafule mucalo umo mwine emukafuma nencito nomba ba pf inchito bale fumyakwi pantu nomba elyo balepanga jobs.

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  33. Lusaka already has a PUBLIC university.so does CB, central and now muchinga(northern!?).why not construct in other provinces-eastern,luapula,(northern!?),northwest,western and sp??????

    what is inclusive/equitable development anyway????

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  34. Its time to study for Masters and PhD in specalised fields, there will be a lot of vacant positions in these universities.. imagine lecturing at Robert Makasa Univeristy in Chinsali then flying to lecture at Palabana Univeristy before proceeding for further lectures at Lewanika University in Western Province… mmmmh allowances

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    • That is the spirit. While others are busy crying and criticising others are seeing opportunities. It is time to come up with a strategy how to fit into the plan.

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  35. Dont worry about the budget. We have monies to lay a few more foundations. I’m told we have enough monies to do 15 more foundations. Cost of one foundation is; presido motorcade, lunch for the locals and jet fuel to en from lusaka. As we say in PF we laying the foundation to build on. These univistis will be ready by 2040. This what we call long term plans.

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  36. It sounds good, coz there’s so much pomposity from those who study at the availabe few UNIS, maybe if we hv many that will reduce and there will be more copmpetion in terms of delivery and perhaps less fees to be charged. Go on

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    • Sometimes pomposity is attributed- not displayed. A person with a qualification may be seen as pompous by those who dont have that qualification. Anytime he opens his mouth and says things that cant be grasped by unqualified people he is seen as pompous. Thats not to say there are no pompous graduates.

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  37. Way to go Mr President. This is your country. Develop it. Education is the foundation of research and innovation. At a minimum we should have had one University in every province during Kaunda days. The leadership then was blind. Now that you are President use some of our copper money to improve roads, get medical equipment, improve condition of school and hospitals. Make it illegal for corruption to happen in Zambia. We support you. A true son of Zambia. Education ins the answer,.

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    • It is very interesting how a black pot will laugh at another black pot. While it is so certain who has dementia, it might be the one who think the other is.

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  38. african sydrom we always want to start new things before upgrading the old structures the true story is those in power always needs to pocket before their term expire so dust must be created to avoid much cruitiny by the locals your exellency if you are not looting then go ahead

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