FOREIGN Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, speaking during an interview with Journalists after the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers held at Swazi Royal Hotel in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Town on Wednesday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
FOREIGN Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, speaking during an interview with Journalists after the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers held at Swazi Royal Hotel in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Town on Wednesday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
GOVERNMENT has directed Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga to conduct a comprehensive review of the circumstances under which 36 Zambian students are stranded in that country before it facilitates their return home.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said in an interview yesterday that Government will facilitate the return of students who are stuck in India because it takes pride in its citizens.

“The high commissioner’s office in India will have to do a case-by-case study as to why each student is stranded so that Government can start bringing them back home.

“We take pride in our citizens and we will not allow anyone of them to be destitute in another country,” Mr Kalaba said.

He said Government will facilitate the students’ return as soon as the comprehensive study is concluded.

Mr Kalaba also urged parents who cannot afford to pay tuition fees for their children abroad to take them to local universities because Zambia’s education system can compete internationally.

“Our education system in Zambia is as good as that of other countries, so parents should not feel bad to educate their children locally,” he said.

The minister was speaking following revelations by Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga that 36 Zambian students are stuck in the Asian nation for reasons such as having committed offences like drug trafficking.

In a statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press and tourism at the Zambian mission in India, Bangwe Naviley, Ms Kapijimpanga said most students are stranded because of their parents’ failure to sustain the payment of school fees.

Ms Kapijimpanga said it is saddening that some parents just send their children for studies in India without informing the mission which only gets to know about them when they are arrested or have failed to pay school fees.

About 300 Zambian students are documented to be studying at various institutions of higher learning in India.

Ms Kapijimpanga urged parents to consult the Zambian mission in New Delhi on education services being provided in India before sending their children there.

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  1. A GRZ way of stealing. Come up with a issue that needs financial remedy. Then get funds and steal at the same time ask Indian Govt to assist with money to deport the students. What I know is if anyone has bleached a visa condition whose penalty is deportation from host country, the host country will deport the person by booking them a one way ticket. So apa pena ba PF are about to steal. Who else is in India and he wants to visit Zambia on a free flight? here you have it.

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    • A PF banditry diva by the name of Doris Mwansa was caught in India yesterday trafficking narcotics is asking for help from the Forgetful Kalaba.

      This drug dealer~Mwansa~ danced to dununa reverse cowgirl together with some of the stranded students who were dumped by PF leadership.
      Cry beloved Zambians, UNZA, CBU & other universities are closed at anytime~now where will these PF stranded students go if Lusaka city market is so ashes? NRDC is already sold by PF bandits~sad but only the streets awaits them PF bandits in India.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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  2. Please EXTEND The amnesty TO CHINA as well , their are so many students stranded due to non payment of school fees, iam a beneficially by having a free one as i promised to sort her tuition fees and yet Iam not gonna do that but ninshi nasiliza nalema

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