UNZA Vice Chancellor Prof Luke Mumba
UNZA Vice Chancellor Prof Luke Mumba

New Vice Chancellor of the University of Zambia Professor Luke Mumba has revealed that the university will soon create a new company to be called UNZA Holdings to be used for income generating activities.

Professor Mumba said UNZA Holdings will be tasked with identifying new and innovative ventures that will help the university to generate revenue.

Professor Mumba said the facility will provide accommodation for both undergraduate and post graduate students.

He said UNZA Holdings will invest in a 10,000 bed capacity students village complex at Liempe Farm along the Great East Road in Chongwe.

Professor Mumba said the student village complex which will be constructed at Liempe Farm whose land belongs to the University will also be generating 50 Megawatts of power.

He was speaking last evening when he featured on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview TV programme.

He said the student village complex will only be using 1 percent of the 50 MW to be generated from renewables and the rest of the power generated will be fed into the ZESCO main grid.

Professor Mumba said the energy sold to ZESCO will bring in 500,000 US dollars monthly into UNZA coffers.
He said UNZA Holdings will also turn the Marshlands Village opposite the Great East Road into a Hotel.
Professor Mumba said UNZA is also considering setting up a research fund that will spearhead research projects for the university.

He described the low UNZA ranking that the university currently suffers from is a scandal.

Professor Mumba revealed that the UNZA is now ranked outside the top 20 universities in the SADC region and around 2,673 in the world.

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    • Terrible idea.

      It will just be looted – those rants should not be thrown out of the closet anyway, just do it- you talk much than you do anything.

      Who is this man to start with – I don’t like him at all.

      Thanks

      BB2014

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  1. Way to go prof. it is a scandal and unacceptable for UNZA to be in the top 20 in SADC. UNZA should be ashamed for failing to develop simple things like developing mbaula that does not use charcoal. all UNZA had known is to throw stones at innocent cars and to burn tyres on GE road. but is is not too late to redeem UNZA. wishing you success but don’t allow Lungu to steal UNZA land with his crooked partner friends

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    • It is university students and not UNZA who ‘throw stones’ you pillock. There is a difference there…

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  2. I didn’t see much of innovative ideas in him when he was Dean of school of natural sciences. Unza has a lot of idle land and he is talking of turning marshland into a hotel! Hopefully it will not be another story of Dag Hammerjeord stadium in ndola.

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  3. Until the pf thugs take control of these companies and start siphoning money to fund their campaigns. Corruption in Zambia has become worse under lungu

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    • NEZ you are useless, your contributions are always misplaced and off topic, please change to be seen to be relevant. Your UPND blood is haunting you, kuti wafwa nechi konko, just come out of it so you can start seeing things generally and not the PF way. UNZA investments are not PF’s, grow up basankwa.

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  4. I listened to his interview last night he is in truth a professor. His exposure in U.K. and Nepad is of great value to Zambia. I admire his humility and patriotism…in S.A. he raised Zambian flag high. God blesss you real prof

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  5. “He said UNZA Holdings will invest in a 10,000 bed capacity students village complex at Liempe Farm along the Great East Road in Chongwe.”,Will the Students be provided with transport to and fro UNZA for lessons….looks costly!

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  6. I thought UNZA had a lot land just around it because how in hell should they go and accommodate our children in Chongwe? This is unacceptable you will not take our kids to some village.

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  7. How much is UNZA raking in via rentals or the lease from the mall constructed on its land along the Great East Road?

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    • From the start, this ID.I.OT is bound to fail – he is one of those st.u.p.id people who have passed difficult exams but cant deliver.
      How can a sensible person build student hostels in Chongwe when the University is in Lusaka? How will students be getting to school. Is he going to build a Library in Chongwe as well because the students cant be trekking at night to Chongwe after using the Library.
      Please dont let this idi.iot bring his ins.an.ity!! Students will be renting single rooms in Kalingalinga or Kanyama than spend lots of money commuting to and from Chongwe and this fo.ol.ish idea will be another white elephant!!

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  8. From the start, this ID.IOT is bound to fail – he is one of those st.up.id people who have passed difficult exams but cant deliver.
    How can a sensible person build student hostels in Chongwe when the University is in Lusaka? How will students be getting to school. Is he going to build a Library in Chongwe as well because the students cant be trekking at night to Chongwe after using the Library.
    Please dont let this idi.iot bring his insanity!! Students will be renting single rooms in Kalingalinga or Kanyama than spend lots of money commuting to and from Chongwe and this foolish idea will be another white elephant!!

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  9. Iwe Chilyata..chilyato or something. Mulekwatako umuchinshi. You are calling a Prof an ID.I.OT? You are the one who is since you will never even go anywhere.

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  10. You guys who are seeing mountains in these innovative ideas I reckon you speak out of ignorance. I forgive you.
    Liempe farm is 20 minutes drive from unza.
    there is nothing that can stop unza to provide a fleet of transport network to ferry students to and from. you call it costly, there is no development that comes cheaply.
    where I did my Doctorate studied. the university offer 24/7 transport from 07 until 03. and on hourly basis.
    so what Prof Mumba is advocating is feasible.
    Just within SADC, university of Capetown, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, Pretoria have similar facilities.
    Now go online and check their ranking in Africa. they are within 1-5 and highly compete with the world top 20.
    Sometimes I wonder, Zambia has lots of Drs from all over the globe but most of them have…

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  11. Now I agree that HH is a Kaponyas leader. Why should this Chalyata be insulting this innocent man. Is it because he’s not Muna Ndulo or such Upnd aligned Professor? Come on, there is a limit to everything or you’re going to be bitter till you die.

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  12. @Jenifer,so you are also just another educated fool as this Professor of yours.You went ahead to compare university of Cape Town,Stellenbosch etc out of your own educated ignorance.Let me tutor you.First and foremost in Cape Town,there are no more jungles left for anyone to build anything nearby,including Joberg & Pretoria,Out of Town properties are way cheaper than Town properties,hence the extra change can still be spend on transportation.Where as in Zambia,we ve Jungles & National parks right in the City Centre.Therefore why wud any fool on this planet chose to build a students accomodation in another jungle 20KM away when you already have one that u are living in.Build behind UNZA,near Kalingalinga or Ngombe areas.Why go far?

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  13. Secondly,South African Universities as is the case with Egyptian Universities,they are very well organised and funded.They ve been run smoothly for centuries.They receive funding from government aswell as donations from overseas,they are affiliated to many successful institutions across the globe,hence their recognition.Besides fuel is cheap is South Africa,Cars are cheap too,The road networks are good,lighted streets which is totally the opposite in Zambia.There are libraries nearly everywhere,you dont need to get into campus to study or do a research.Free internet everywhere.If you miss a lecture you can always catch the next one,while you ve a I.T Lecture for all three national universities.If you missed his lecture today,then you ll ve to wait untill next week.

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    • Then why are there continuous riots and daily class boycots. As we speak Wits has been closed due to students trouble over school fees.

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  14. Finally,it comes down to missed priorities,as is the case with any other PF cadre.Why wud this educated nong vomit like this?Are student accomodatons a top priority at UNZA?since when?Cos the syllabuses at UNZA are still backwards,the equipment in Labs is almost not there,Look at the engineering dptmnt,the books found in the library,the dpmnt of sciences.These are areas you need urgent responses to.And not property investment(for them to start stealing & buying those properties for themselves).And using their bus companies to transport our students.This hungry Prof is now hunting for survival-He is hungry.Mugwileni kawalala uyo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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