Construction of FTJ University to commerce this year

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Late Former President FTJ Chiluba
Late Former President FTJ Chiluba

Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa has disclosed that the construction of the FTJ University in Mansa District will commence this year.

Mr. Chilangwa said the delays in commencing the construction works have been due to the redesigning of the University in order to accommodate more faculties that were not in the original plan.

Mr. Chilangwa stated that government is mobilizing adequate resources for the project to run without stopping.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Chilangwa told journalists in Mansa today that President Edgar Lungu is expected to re-launch the construction of the university in Mansa before March 31, this year.

He explained that government has a robust plan to build and complete FTJ University within 36 months until its completion.

Mr. Chilangwa said the institution will be the only university to have a full sports faculty in the country adding it will also offer programmes that will be relevant to Luapula Province.

In November, 2013 late President Michael Sata laid a foundation stone for the construction of the Luapula University which President Edgar Lungu later renamed after late second Republican President Fredrick Titus Jacob Chiluba

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  1. Are we honouring figures of the past who had very questionable integrity and went thru prolonged trials for embezzlement of public funds?

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    • This is a wrong name … ECL should have consulted widely before naming it FTJ. Leave it with the old name Luapula University is way dignified than FTJ.

      Please reconsider … thanks a trillion

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    • I thought it was first named ftj, then sata renamed it to luapula varsity, kanshi someone has gone against sata’s wish, it’s ftj again, the way African leaders fight over naming public institutions like the money will be coming from their own pockets kanshi ni tax payers money.

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    • what kind of courses?
      T101 (Theft in Democracy)
      T102( Applied Corruption )
      T210( Third term for president)

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    • Where did you graduate from? Fredrick Titus Mpundu Jefferson Chiluba University!!!! What the heck is that? Would be the next question … Oh, some where in Liverpool (Luapula). Wow … you guys have a university like that?

      Yep!!! How about you? I went to TCU, then Amberton but I did graduate studies at SMU or I did my undergrad at Harvard, my grad at Oxform blah blah blah.

      Not ati … Oh, I see so your university is named after that chap who was convicted by the London Magistrate Court for graft. Yep!!! That guy they caught with 300 suits made in Belgium using tax payers money after he looted his own Serios International.

      Kwesu ni ku Luapula ntondo but this is a very bad name for a university.

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    • I do not consent to have my taxes spent like this. And why are projects up north so tribal? The university should have courses relevant to Zambia not only Luapula province.

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    • Kalaba-mania, now projects start moving in Luapula.
      Edgar’s government is pulling in all directions.
      Any Lozi minister to resign so Lewanika University can be completed?

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    • FTJ University, that’s cool. Upon completion, it will be time for another degree. ECL, thanks for playing loyalty.

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    • The fact is this is a desperate move from the president because Mumbi Phiri told him the reality when she was sent to Luapula after the resignation of Harry Kalaba. Mumbi has told the president people are nolonger eating fake promises and they are not fools to fool with fake promises. Mumbi Phiri has told the president the real picture on the ground because Chilangwa cheats him. Mumbi Phiri heard for herself people’s comments and underletting Kambwili and Kalaba is like putting oneself on suicide mission. Now we have trouble, they are going to BORROW in order to fake starting a university in Luapula that will stall at foundation level and it will be another campaign lie we want to finish projects.

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    • @1.1 and 1, I DON’T THINK A NAME MATTERS- FTJ WAS ONE OF THE PRESIDENTS OF ZAMBIA, ANYWAY. WHAT MATTERS IS THE STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF OUR UNIVERSITIES INCLUDING THE UNFINISHED UNZA. THE UNIVERSITIES IN ZAMBIA ARE NOT AN ATTRACTIVE SIGHT AT ALL. THEY ARE EYESORES. WHY CAN’T THERE BE A COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF UNIVERSITIES TO PICK FROM. THE BEST DESIGNER OF THE INTERNATIONALLY ATTRACTIVE UNIVERSITY TAKES THE DAY AND GETS REWARDED FOR DESIGNING A UNIVERSITY WHICH EVEN ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. OUR UNIVERSITIES CAN NEVER EVEN BE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS APART FROM CHOLERA. PLEASE, SET UP UNIVERSITY DESIGN COMPETITIONS IN ORDER TO REALISE BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSITIES IN ZAMBIA.

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  2. Some of this project just give a minister to launch them this year the president should focus on big things rather than launching and commissioning to ma project.

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  3. Better you build an airport in Mansa and name if after Mr. Chiluba. But to name FTJ after a university? He does not deserve that considering the fact that he had humble academic and professional standing.

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  4. An another sign that we have a lot of misplace priorities as a nation. Use place names and not peoples names for public facilities like Universities. Now we have dodgy names like Kapasa Makasa, Robert Mushindo, and FTJ . You can bet your last dollor that I’m not letting my kids get anywhere near there (Of Course I make exceptions for such internationally reknown figures like Kwame Nkurumah and Patrice Lumumba.

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  5. Wait a minute guys! This university will have courses in stealing, forgery, witch craft ( abena Mununga), money laundering. These courses will be at BA, BSc and MSc levels. Chancellor Katele Kalumba.

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    • @ The 13th disciple
      You really have cracked my ribs (Abena Mununga).Since Chancellor is always the Republican President, Katele Kalumba will the Vice Chancellor.
      “Wait a minute guys! This university will have courses in stealing, forgery, witch craft ( abena Mununga), money laundering. These courses will be at BA, BSc and MSc levels”. …..….this has ‘killed’ me.

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  6. Busy building new universities when existing ones are dilapidated and falling apart..even Lecturers are not paid on time!!

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  7. Inappropriate name . I would not send my ward to a school with such a name. By the way, just the other day Mutati said tlsll new projects would be on hold

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  8. Put money in hospitals and manufacturing industries than fake university. FTJ was the thief of time then ELC and Kalumbi Banda.

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  9. I see nothing wrong. I hated chiluba with a firery passion. I wouldn’t suggest that he was uneducated. He was a career accountant, in Tanzania he worked on a sisil plantation as an accounted. He was head of the accounts devision at corpus globe (a reputable company). He laboured to educate himself even while he was in office. The post even published his thesis for his doctorate. To me Titus Was The absolute worst president we ever had but I can safely call him an intellectual who was a master orator. He is part of our history, no matter how crappy he was, remember our leaders are a reflection of where we are as a people. We are responsible for chiluba being in office. Let’s remember him. I see nothing wrong with this.

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    • @Sunta sunkutu
      It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it…never forget that!!

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  10. Can’t we take one university to north western mwebantu sure, or may be they don’t vote or they vote wrongly.

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  11. This is just political rhetoric ati “Mr. Chilangwa said the delays in commencing the construction works have been due to the redesigning of the University in order to accommodate more faculties that were not in the original plan. hahaha..How long does it take to amend a DESIGN, Its in PF where every politician is a master of everything

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  12. we can call it University of Luapula or Luapula University or Luapula Agriculture University or Luapula University of Science and Technology depending on focus. if the idea is after former presidents, we can start with KK. however despite building UNZA kk never called KK university, no. lets look at national image first. only an opinion though

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  13. Here we go again….when will this stupidity end! The thing we need right now is for Government to develop the industry so that youth can get jobs. We are fed up of youth working in the streets washing cars.
    I can not even imagine the amount of money that will be wasted. Why now? Is it because Kalaba has become a showed his foot print in Luapula…….

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  14. Lusaka badly needs a university of public sanitation ,urban planning/maintenance and street vendors studies somewhere in Mtendere with branches in Chibolya & kalingalinga.

    It should be named Lungu cholera studies University.

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  15. Courses to be taught, how to launder money101, privatization how to sell the mines20, who wants to be a millionaire in a month101, learn more about to be a President of Zambia even if you’re not a Zambian citizen, make your maid a housewife/first lady, appointing cabinet ministers from luapula or northern province. Last but not the least, appointing kaponyas as office of the President. Stealing as a prerequisite

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  16. Proverbs 22: 1- Better to have a good name than riches: Zambians start now to leave good names where people will cry for your presence than amassing riches.

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  17. you did not know what FTJ has done for ZAmbia, there is on president who who empowered zambians with housing country wide , FTJ University , Viva!!!!

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  18. The worst ten years in Zambian history were under Chiluba..a complete waste of space. His legacy has lived on and looks like he is being rivalled by a certain someone. How can a leader be so heartless to his own people? The only victory is he didnt live long to enjoy the filthy proceeds.

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