Sanitary facilities at the CBU does not befit its status as a public university-MP

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Kwacha Member of Parliament Joe Malanji says the state of sanitary facilities at the Copperbelt University -CBU- does not befit its status as a public university.

Ambassador Malanji who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs says CBU with over ten thousand students has only 56 ablution blocks which are currently in a deplorable state.

He says the state of toilets at CBU is appalling and called on the business community and stakeholders to play a role in improving sanitary conditions at the institution.

Mr. Malanji was speaking after commissioning the 800 thousand-kwacha CBU Clean toilets campaign, a project he is running to improve ablution blocks at the university.

Under the programme, Mr. Malanji is rehabilitating ablution blocks, dormitories and Lecture theaters at CBU.

He said the project which will cost close to one million kwacha will partially be funded by his office while the business sector and other stakeholders will be invited to contribute towards the same.

And CBU Dean of students, Alisali Mulambya urged government to release more funds for the construction of sanitary facilities at CBU.

Dr. Mulambya says the 56 ablution blocks were built to carter for a population of two thousand people but now CBU has over 10 thousand students.

He also disclosed that CBU has erratic water supply to maintain hygiene at the university.

The Dean Commended Ambassador Malanji for starting the rehabilitating the ablution blocks which will see two toilets built or rehabilitated at CBU every month.

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    • Don’t those extra students also pay tuition fees? Where does all the money the students pay go? If we sit down and do the numbers we will find that most of the funds are spent on senior lecturers salaries and allowances plus those useless Luxury SUVs that these apamwambas in govt institutions love!

      Let’s be fair, the students are paying a lot of money the CBU administration should put student welfare first and not the welfare of their senior staff!

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  1. High time you removed those open-air shower spaces and installed upgraded facilities.
    The student are adults and they deserve privacy and freedom of bathing with their imports.

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    • After the hand outs they are getting from private companies for cholera now the Dumb bells think its the duty of private sector to rehabilitate public buildings…they think their job is to sign overpriced contracts like the Ndola – Lusaka carriageway when such contracts are costing half as much in other countries.

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    • Just saw a footage on social media of overflowing sewer water pipes through the buildings brickwork through to the corridor down into the rain gutter…how does a sane minister be asking businesses to sort out this? Has he not read how much was misappriorated at the Education Ministry in the AG’s Report?

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  2. Those ugly blocks look like they’ve only heard of the word “maintenance” in some North Korean dictionary.

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    • In Zambia Facilities Management is non existent…once construction company hands over construction project to govt thats it..

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  3. Why was the university increasing the intakes without corresponding facilities? I thought universities were run by clever people!!!

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    • Typical sh!thole country behaviour. Imagine some Africans angry at being called by their real title.

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  4. Title should have read: SANITARY FACILITIES AT THE CBU DO NOT BEFIT ITS STATUS AS A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY – MP That is better English. The Lusaka Times does not have to repeat the broken English of one MMD cadre, Malanji.

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  5. The development of any country in this world depends on leadership be it at national, provincial,district or institutional level.If the Vice Chancellor at CBU was an action-oriented man like the Kitwe Mayor the situation would have been better.I was at CBU about 20 years ago but today we are still talking about the same problem.So 20 years from now we will still be talking about the same problem.This is the sh!thole that Trump is referring to.

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  6. ITS AMAZING TO SEE JOE MALALANJE FROM NOWHERE HE HAS MONEY TO SPEND ON ABLUTION BLOCKS AFTER BEING APOINTED MINISTER FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ZMK1million to come from his pocket alone hmm… OK GOOD RIDDANCE keep it up whenever u benefit from Ministrial post please donate to KWACHA in that way u wont be fired

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  7. If you fail to see sense in one another and resort to destroying and chanting slogans, how do you expect the same people to see the dirt in the toilets and let alone sit and discuss the status of the toilets. The Kitwe city authorities have equally gone to sleep and I am sending a work up call to them to intensify inspection of public places, the university and schools included. It would be so shameful to hear that the Cholera started from the CBU.

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  8. Evelyn hone college worse off
    May the powers that be please check on the ablution blocks at this college. Recently we the Odl students from a Lusaka university had our residential at this college. It’s unbelievable that this institution has managers that are supposed to take care of infrastructure. How can you have such filth and expect learners to be healthy and disease free. The head of that institution needs very serious help from superior powers. Evelyn hone ablution blocks are a serious health hazard in the making. It’s a shame

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    • I once visited Evelyn Hone in the 90’s & failed to use their toilet bcoz of the disgusting FILTH & Faeces.

      It’s so disheartening that over 20 years has passed and nothing has been done about this embarrassment. As a country, we need a culture change especially with regards to water supply, sewer disposal & general sanitation.

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  9. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. We spent a lot of money to be Senior Lecturers and thus we deserve to be paid better (ask Lusaka University). Don’t you feel good to listen to a Senior Lecturer who speaks with confidence and even refers you to work he/she has published (i.e. what I do). We need to be motivated so that we make more money for CBU (we do make money by the way, so we’re paid what we make) and CBU ranking improves, even better than Stellenbosch University or University of Cape Town). Ask yourself; why is it, worldwide, that people are paid differently. If you are a student, you need to be respecting us because ‘we make you’.

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    • what do you mean by “Facilities Management”?
      I don’t really know about CBU as I never studied there but as for UNZA there is Office of the Resident Engineer whose core function is management of the facilities ranging from civil work to maintenance.

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