VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has told Parliament that the Zambian embassy in Beijing and the Chinese government are working out ways to help 500 Zambian students that are stranded in China.
Mrs Wina said yesterday that the stranded students were duped by fraudulent sponsors, and she warned parents to be wary of such fraudsters who claim they can sponsor students in China.
She was responding to Mangango member of Parliament Rodgers Lingweshi (PF), who asked, during Vice-President’s Question Time, what government is doing on reports of stranded Zambian students in China.
Mrs Wina said the stranded students are those on self-sponsorship and were duped that they would be sponsored by fraudsters.
“These students are stranded because they were expelled from colleges and universities for non-payment of fees. Some are flouting immigration rules,” she said.
Mrs Wina said most students were victims of phony organisations that had asked them to make certain payments of money.
She said no Zambian student on government sponsorship is stranded in China.
Zambia’s Ambassador to China Winnie Chibesakunda told the Daily Mail in an interview this week that over 500 Zambians are stranded in China for failure to pay full school fees, while five others are in detention for flouting immigration rules.
“The number of expulsions, arrests and deportations of Zambian students in China has been on the upswing since 2014 and is now approaching crisis levels,” Ms Chibesakunda had said.
Official estimates from the Chinese Government indicate that there are about 1,800 Zambian students in China.
“Mr Speaker, this is a very serious matter. I actually jotted down some points.
There is no single Zambian student on scholarship stranded in China.
Those stranded are the ones on self-sponsorship,” Mrs Wina told Parliament yesterday.
She said the Zambian government, in collaboration with China, is sponsoring 161 students and none of them are stranded.
Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education Michael Kaingu says President Lungu is a God-fearing man whom Zambians must vote for again this year so that he can complete constructing the universities.
“Zambia has a God-fearing President. In October last year on the 18th, he called for prayers so that we can have rain.
Now it is raining Mr Speaker and I am sure the Minister of Agriculture is happy.
“So I appeal to Zambians to pray for President Lungu so that he can be voted for again,” Dr Kaingu said.