Dr JOHN PHIRI
Dr JOHN PHIRI

Government says it has engaged eleven contractors to build 9, 600 bed spaces at the three highest learning universities and Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, respectively.

Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education minister Dr John Phiri says 4, 160 bed spaces will be constructed at the University of Zambia in Lusaka while 3, 200 bed spaces will be built at the Copperbelt University on the Copperbelt.

Dr. Phiri said Mulungushi University on its part will receive 1, 280 bed spaces and Evelyn Hone College will get 960 bed spaces respectively.

ZANIS reports that the Minister said this today when he addressed contractors at the Ministry headquarters in Lusaka that lack of enough bed spaces in higher learning institution has been a problem for so many years now.

Dr Phiri stated that living in crowded environment has robbed students of the much needed sanity, a thing he said should not be tolerated.

He noted that it is not health for many students to live in one room adding that this posses health concern which government want to address as a matter of urgency.

Dr Phiri expressed that government is determined to alleviate the problems in higher learning institutions across the country for the benefit of the students.

He urged management from all the higher learning institutions to take interest in the progress of these projects as they are the end users.

Dr Phiri stated that the programme of building student hostels will be extended to all TEVET colleges and Universities of education across the country.

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57 COMMENTS

  1. what the F!,,,, its university of Zambia you are talking,,,, bed fcuk what?,,, construct rooms,,, respectable rooms,,, Zambians who have studied overseas will tell you what a unversity looks like

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    • Please go and read the 2015 national budget and stop splashing your ignorance all over the site. Bed spaces were planned for in the just approved budget.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Lee Habaponta, Bsc, Msc, Phd

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    • Actually Ndobo, the reference to bed spaces in the context of tertiary institutions is construction of rooms and not large spaces where several beds are placed as you would find in hospitals and clinics. Perhaps the only clarification in the use of the term would be the actual number of rooms. On average 2 bed spaces is equivalent to one room (as is the case across most colleges – not accounting for things like squatting). If this is taken as the reference point, we would be looking at the construction of 4800 rooms, however, since this is politics, politicians will always go for the higher numbers (9600 bed spaces) just to make it look substantial.

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    • The government seems very busy these days..could it be anything to do with elections coming next week. Imagine if Zambia was a dictatorship with these animals in charge. Nothing would get developed…at least with democracy joe public, the ordinary guy on the street, the farmer, the villager gets to decide who goes to State house. And now the politicians are squirming like pigs. Basakalanyongo…folks should play that song especially if you are pa You tube. Its election time and father Christmas has arrived mu January.

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    • I love Mushota now. Give me a tick if you think Mushota’s contributions have become issue based and she is gaining traction in her analytical skills and gone is the bias based input. It also strikes me that the PF has become a loose cannon being shot from the hip. There have just been too many sweet nothings all of a sudden. They are targeting all the disadvantaged groups of the past three years of misrule and promising them heaven on earth. Let us be clear on this one PF. The student vote has already been lost, the peasant farmers vote has already been lost, the motorists vote has already been lost, the working class vote is also down the drain. The only vote left for the PF is the so called Kaponya vote but we have moved on from the days of being influenced by the non entities. HH!

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    • Sata talked about this plan when opening parliament and it was subsequently covered by the Minister of Finance when presenting the budget. Where others are promising,PF is delivering. If it ain’t broken,dont fix it. Vote PF.

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    • This is typical of PF chimbwi no plan fattening a chicken on its market day! It has never worked the world over.

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    • Iwe Ka yamba yamba et al, the fact that it was budgeted for does not mean that PF will deliver.

      PF is very famous for dishonouring its promises. I can’t count how many promises it has broken in three years in power.

      Only f00ls that think that they will still have their tu ma political jobs think that PF will honour its promises this time. Old habits die hard!

      Even after Lungu wins by rigging, most of you PF minions in missions abroad will surely be replaced. Mark my words on this one. PF government has no money left, and the world over is unwilling to lend it money until PF shows credibility.

      Fact:

      If lungu and PF win FDI will try up.

      If HH wins , there shall be money flowing from all directions and the kwacha will appreciate over night.

      Viva HH.

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    • Dipak Patel, GBM, Mutati and team are really tormenting these PF. PF paid farmers.
      When is PF going to launch Zambia Airways, is tomorrow or Sunday? Mukanga promised that it will be before Jubilee…

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    • To garner student support. Where will they put these beds? Shouldn’t it be rooms instead. It s sad that the conditions of the universities here are so poor. I was visiting universities in the UK last summer and the ones here are far behind in infrastructure. How do we raise standards in the country if the “supposedly cream” is not exposed to them in institutions of learning. Zambia will continue to lag behind in many areas. That is why our graduates are more interested in money instead of serving people. They are coming from a level of deprivation.

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    • Where is the so called Natural Resources Development College.
      What a failure by Management and I don’t know why the Govt can fire these chaps.
      They have a big foundation but busy chewing monies through fake transactions.
      My foot

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  2. Thats the development Zambians want. Thats why Edigar Lungu has won this election.

    peace and Prosperity to Mother Zambia.

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    • That’s desperation at it’s highest.
      When were the tenders floated.How were the 11 contractors picked?

      Can you please list the names and owners of the companies contracted.
      Oh and where is the money going to come from since they were not budgeted for?

      When the UNZA students wanted to use the facilities ant the commonwealth youth center,what did Kambwili say?

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    • But is not budgeted for. This is why we end up in huge debt. Bursaries will enable students rent in the nearby homes; that’s what they do in developed countries like the USA.

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    • @Ntaulu: Why is it that some of you people choose to argue from positions of ignorance even when facts lay in plain sight? It would have taken only a few key strokes for you to find the 2015 budget and get informed.

      If you are just lazy, here is the excerpt from this year’s budget speech given to Parliament by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda. From item #125 of the speech:

      “125. Sir, K650 million has been allocated
      to commence construction of additional
      student accommodation at the University of
      Zambia, Copperbelt University,
      Mulungushi University and Evelyn Hone
      College, and to continue the construction of
      new universities. The new Universities that
      are earmarked for completion in 2015 are
      Paul Mushindo, Chalimbana and Palabana.”

      Look it up and stop lying, please!

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    • @ One Hit Wonder…

      It’s people like you whose COMMENTS we await reading on the 23rd January.

      Learn to think from outside your inner circle (tribal cousins you surround yourself with), that’s what we call Zambians in the British Isle (Eire)… diaspora!

      Nafuti Nafuti all the way!!

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  3. This is another political gimmick! Thanks to HH for ensuring that the fuel is reduced! Your ultimatum really yielded positive results.

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    • THAT’S THE WORK OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY TO MAKE THE RULING PARTY WORK. P F WHEN IT WAS IN OPPOSITION DID VERY WELL IN THIS AREA.
      ANY WAY UPND WILL ALWAYS BE AT THE TAIL BECAUSE OF THEIR LEADER WHO IS DEEMED TO BE A TRIBALIST AND SATANIST.

      CHANGE THE GAME UPND AND MAY BE THEN YOU MAY BE GIVEN A CHANCE BY THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. BUT AS FOR NOW , THERE IS NO CHANCE BOYS YOU WILL STILL BE CRYING AND RANTING LIKE RATS.

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  4. Zambians are not as gullible. On the eve of an election we get such pronouncements. Lol The PF government wants to take the voters of Zambia for a ride. Where have they been all this time suddenly everthing is falling in place friday before a monday election.
    WONDER IF ANY FARMERS ACTUALLY GOT PAID TODAY.
    SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL TEAM
    SAVE OUR FARMERS
    VOTE HH! !!!!!

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    • @loadist: Are you ignoring facts for the sake of advancing your own political agendas? Or is it that you are genuinely unaware of this year’s (2015) budget? Mind you the budget was completed and announced before Sata died. So by-elections had no influence whatsoever.

      2015 BUDGET ADDRESS BY HON. ALEXANDER B. CHIKWANDA M.P, MINISTER OF FINANCE, DELIVERED TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER, 2014

      “125. Sir, K650 million has been allocated
      to commence construction of additional
      student accommodation at the University of
      Zambia, Copperbelt University,
      Mulungushi University and Evelyn Hone
      College, and to continue the construction of
      new universities. The new Universities that
      are earmarked for completion in 2015 are
      Paul Mushindo, Chalimbana and Palabana…

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  5. This is nonsense of the highest order when have these corrupt empty tins ever floated these tenders in the media….why cant they publish these 11 companies. ..last year you didn’t want anything to do with students; you didn’t have money for bursaries now two working days before the election you have suddenly found the funds. ..very funny.

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    • @Jay Jay: Stop being a willing participant in SELF-INFLICTED-IGNORANCE! I know it is election season, but please let us be objective. These monies are already in the 2015 budget. So should govt stop working just bcoz it is election season?

      A simple google search reveals this excerpt from this year’s budget speech given to Parliament by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda. From item #125 of the speech:

      “125. Sir, K650 million has been allocated
      to commence construction of additional
      student accommodation at the University of
      Zambia, Copperbelt University,
      Mulungushi University and Evelyn Hone
      College, and to continue the construction of
      new universities. The new Universities that
      are earmarked for completion in 2015 are
      Paul Mushindo, Chalimbana and Palabana.”

      So…

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  6. Read the 2015 budget which was presented to parliament last year in october and approved in December, this was part of it and it has just started. So do not just yap read the budget under Education you will see the allocation. Edgar Lungu by next Saturday would have been sworn in as the 6th Zambian President!

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  7. Only tribal party UPND cannot see PF’s good works!!for sure PF means well for Zambia. How i wish PF is the party which took power from UNIP.Zambia today would be like Botswana or SA!!! Am sure well meaning Zambians are seeing these good works!!PF HAS TO REMAIN IN POWER FOR NEXT 20 YEARS OR SO!!PLUS WE CANT BE CHANGING GOVNT LIKE PANTS,NO!! TRIBAL UPND IS FIGHTING FOR POWER ONLY FOR TRIBAL AND MONEY REASONS, NOTHING MORE OR LESS BCOZ HONESTLY HOW CAN THEY WISH FOR THE REMOVAL OF A HARD WORKING PF?VOTERS PLEASE SEE THESE GREED POLITICIANS.WE REMOVED MMD BCOZ THEY STOPPED WORKING OR LISTENING TO OUR NEEDS.WE CANT SAY THE SAME ABOUT PF!!! YES PF IS NOT 100% PERFECT,BUT BEING HUMANBEINGS,THEY’VE TRIED!!!SO LETS VOTE FOR EDGAR LUNGU!!! GO PF GO!!

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  8. Indeed election fever has gripped the country because even reasoning has been thrown out the door. Is it the case that when a President dies the Government should also cease to carry out its function until the next President is elected? We heard a few weeks back that the approved budget is now in force and being implemented. Is it so difficult to acknowledge the mandate of government to carry out these functions because everything is linked to next week’s election? Bloggers, we can do better than this. None of these activities are going to sway any of you because you have all made up your minds about who to vote for and that is fine. These activities are being carried out as per the mandate of the Government because that is their job.

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    • Thanks @Olympia Extension Chick for a voice of reason and maturity!

      It is indeed disheartening to note that nowadays in Zambia everything the govt does has to be looked at through the lenses of our partisan and political leanings. Even straight forward and normal functions of govt have to be questioned all for the sake of scoring political points. It is SAD, really!!!

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    • @Yambayamba, we are in trouble as a country if even rationale and smart people on this blog refuse to reason and use sound judgement when stating things. It doesn’t help us as a country to become so robotic in our thought process all because we have partisan interests. Cry the beloved country indeed.

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  9. IFINTU NI LUNGU!!!!SO LETS SHAME TRIBAL HH AND SPOILERS LIKE MASEBO,GBM ON TUESDAY!!!THIS HH MUST RETIRE NEXT WEEK.am very confident that many voters in 6 or 7 PF strongholds will vote for Edgar Lungu. PF has touched all sectors and only some tribal voters cant see these good works!!!GO PF GO!!

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  10. Tribal UPND do not know that 2015 budget is already running.since tribalism is in their blood,all they know is their HH will come up with a 2015 new budget if he wins( God forbid)!!! They do not want to see or hear anything good from PF Govnt as they think that will reduce chances of winning for their tribal HH!!these bantustan would be very happy if Govnt failed to pay farmers in full,not reduce fuel,fail to do roads, fail to built those hostels for students,etc!!!HEY ONLY A SATAN CAN BE SO EVIL!! THATS WHY CANT ALLOW SUCH EVIL PEOPLE NEAR STATE HOUSE!! One has to be fair in life and appreciate others where they’re doing well. WE SHALL DEFEAT YOUR HH ONCE MORE TILL YOU REPENT!! GO PF GO!!

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  11. please people if you are not that good “upstairs” (minds), dont display it for everyone to see… seriously do you have to politicise everything, sometimes if some one has done something good you just need to appreciate instead of complaining each time. am sure the pf govt isnt perfect but when it comes infrastructure development they should be given credit for that

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  12. It’s rather late for PF to get back in good standing with the people who now regard contemptiously. Their last minute frantic and futile efforts to placate the people won’t be appreciated. They have hurt so many for long it’s impossible to change the tide of fortune. Their debit side looms large and overshadows the small achievements on their credit side of the equatuon. Too late. Kuya bebele. Amalibu yakuilombela.

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  13. Whether elections or not government development plans has to be fulfilled, I bet this projects had been planned way before even this elections came about, its there in a recently approved national budget.

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  14. Some of us who have children at Mulungushi univ will say YES its true because last year one six storey student hostel was openned three more are yet to be handed over, these are modern state of the art buildings with four beds ablution kitchen and reading space inside,don’t just critic be open minded
    The same opposition are not there to give advice theirs is to spot the govt’s failures and yap too much when its election time, remember you have but one Zambia also visit UNZA and see what’s going on

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  15. Some bloggers don’t even read but just talk and criticize without evidence. Not only was this announced in ABC’s Budget Speech, I personally saw invitations for expressions of interest from construction companies to bid for these projects advertised by ZPPA in the Times of Zambia and the Zambia Daily Mail.

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  16. Only a myopic will be pulled a wool over their faces.please pf dont seem to be goood in campaign days where have you been from 2011 when you came into operation? hahahahaha just start HH will complete becuase we call you limiting reactants but HH is a catalyst to faster the rate of reaction mwaumfwa imbwa

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  17. Wnzelu, ndobo, Nostradamus, judgement day, Anderson Chisala, Wantanshi please for once say something good where it is due. It doesn’t mean that when you hate someone or something then you can’t praise them once they do domething good. These hostel for the first time in the history of Zambia since KK are being constructed under the late Sata. Mwanawasa did a bit after the us students during our time made an effort to fundraise the money for hostel buildings at October Hostels at UNZA. The walk involved Edith Nawakwi as well

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  18. It is Clear that some bloggers have no idea about what the Budget for 2015 is all about and decided not to listen to the President’s speech in Parliament Prior to Passing on (MHSRIP), the Universities and Evelyn Hone Colledge were mentioned and that he wants more Bed Spaces for students.
    As for Fuel ERB announced that their is a further reduction coming in mid January after the last reduction. So how do you want to give Credit to HH who is just a Copy and Paste Guy and When announced at a UPND rally then it is new and his plan. Already the Chap went and stole a Government Constitution road Map and people are saying HH. It is Clear UPND has no clear plan of what they want to do but just coping from PF.

    Lets Go Lungu, let GO

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  19. This Minister Dr John Phiri just wants his kickback money and jobs for his relatives from the 11 companies he gave the contracts to before he gets fired on the 21st January!

    That is PF for you.

    Vote wisely this time!

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  20. The human mind is complex. We can all observe the same event but it will be interpreted differently. We have all seen what the PF has done in 3 years but there is no consensus on its performance. It is like the Indian fable which talks about six blind men describing an elephant. The blind man who felt a leg said it was like a pillar; the one who felt the tail said it was like a rope; the one who felt the trunk said it was like a tree branch; the one who felt the ear said it was like a hand fan; the one who felt the belly said it was like a wall; and the one who felt the tusk said it was like a spear. People have seen the constructed roads but have retorted they cannot eat roads. So the outcome of the election will not be based on factual issues but on subjective issues or tribal issues.

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  21. Remember allowing people to vote on an election doesn’t mean voting for PF, think before you comment.

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  22. The issue of bed spaces was a presidential pronouncement by MC Sata on 11th October 2013 in parliament. I don’t like the PF but lets be realistic.

    Lets be taking interest in the politics of our country all the time not just during elections. if you consider this political then you know very little of your country and that’s worrying.

    Don’t vote with your emotions do it for your country.

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  23. UPND morons. The adverts for these works were in the papers months ago even before Sata died. My company is one of those contractors that has been awarded a contract to do hostels at CBU.

    Bed space does not mean a large open room with 100 beds or so. The design is for about two beds per room.

    This is not politicking. These plans have been with the ministry of education for the past three years and beyond into the MMD regime.

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  24. Bravo! Bravisimo! Very well done! Campus accommodation is essential in developing countries because the real estate sector is still its infancy. Many students must remain on campus.

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