Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo
Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo

Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo has disclosed that the University of Zambia Schools of Engineering and Mines will be put together and will be called the UNZA School of Engineering built Sciences Mines and Minerals by the year 2019.

Prof Luo made this revelation in parliament during the presentation of her Ministerial statement in relation to the events of October 4 riots which resulted in the death of a fourth year Education Student Verspers Shimuzhila who died out of suffocation following the firing of the tear gas by the Police.

The Minister says this decision has been reached by Cabinet as one of the medium and long term measures to improving security at the University of Zambia.

” in this regard I have directed UNZA Management to immediately Institute investigations to establish the true motive of the riots as she believes that the riots were initiated by outsiders and not by the population of UNZA”,she has said.

Prof Luo has further directed the Management to undertake a comprehensive review of the security position and regulated requirements and present a report to her Ministry within a week.

The Prof adds that in further enhancing security interventions at the Campus a fence will be put and the University will introduce an electronic access control and set up CCTV Cameras adding that squatters in hostels will be reduced as not all squatters are bonefide students.

Prof Luo has also disclosed that the Schools of veterinary medicines and Agriculture will be joined together and become UNZA School of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences while the School of Medicines will be changed to UNZA college of Medicines and Health Sciences of which both Schools will be moved from the Great East Road UNZA Campus.

Meanwhile, she has indicated that gherkin school of Education will be the only School that will remain at the campus and will be called UNZA College of Education.

The Minister has maintained that riots at UNZA were organized by outsiders and all those behind the riots will be dealt with.

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  1. “University of Zambia Schools of Engineering and Mines will be put together and will be called the UNZA School of Engineering built Sciences Mines and Minerals by the year 2019.”
    And this is a Professor here announcing a name change of the same thing…its not like funding has been increased or the school has partnered with industry.

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    • When we ventured out of Ngombe as kids then, we would go play football on those lush green grass fields, throwing sticks in the lakes, walk around the campus. You only had to watch out when crossing great east road pa Marshlands.

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    • It always has to look for negatives! HATRIBES HA-NEGATIVES – Coalition of the Wicked. I am glad no sane Zambian can vote in a group of tribal whiners.

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    • Oh, Men !!, It seems the “Mushota fever” is over the place including among Professors, it just doesn’t end up at Ph.D. level.
      Any critical reasoning, honestly, is she offering anything reasonable, I mean renaming a University expecting reduced riots? Maybe the CCTV Cameras.

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    • A new Chancellor needs to be appointed. One who will not sit back drinking tea while the pupils run down the school. Such security issues must be contained within the school without calling ZP.

      Naiwe Luo the name should be UNZA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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    • What a load of rubbish from Nkandu. What the institution requires is more funding and professionalism from the administrators.

      God bless ZAMBIA

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    • Suddenly all the money UNZA needs to acquire Nkandu Luo’s new face will be found in 2019. Sch of engineering and mines to move to new grounds from where it is. Nice one madam minister. Is there anyone on planet Earth who believes this? And she said it in Parliament!

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  2. Dilapidated institution.
    Just shows how rotten the current regime is, top Incompitent man and his dull ministers make such a mouthful of a title change that has little to relevance.
    Reminds me of the naming of Heros stadium.
    These guys should be no where near naming any of the countries assets.

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    • What does this government take Zambians for? The problem of keeping dinosaurs perpetually in government amidst a bevy of enlightened and vibrant young brains is one of promoting stagnancy and living in the Jurassic era! These old politicians’ glory is long past and should have had greater wisdom to know that their usefulness in modern dispensation does not match up thus honorably hand over the reigns to new age leaders! What effect will bizarre name changes bring to the institutions? Here is a leadership not admitting to incompetence and refusing to own the UNZA fiasco playing the suspense blame game! UNZA students as all students in other colleges are adults with analytical capabilities and when local campus politics is met with unreasonableness of national politicians suppressing…

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    • contd….. institutional dialogue its recipe for igniting a keg of gunpowder! Since when were student allowances paid out in multiple tranches? The government keeps denying that it is not short of money so what has held the outright settlement of the demanded allowances? Nkandu Luo is pivoting in insinuating that external forces are interfering on campuses, it is laughable as many who have had the privilege experience under the tutelage of UNZA will know students are ideologues of sorts!

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  3. This is the most useless and hopeless minister to run any ministry on earth. How in her right senses would she even discuss issues at UNZA with a cabinet of 14 grade 12 ministers? What do these name on the cabinet know about Higher Education? Davies Chama, Joyce Simukoko, Freedom Sikazwe, Sylvia Chalikosa, Joseph Milanji, Vincent Mwale, Lawrence Sichalwe, Given Lubinda, Jean Kapata, Steven Kampyongo, Kampamba Mulenga, Richard Musuka, and Zondani Katambo with Lusaka Minister who sits on Cabinet Bowman Lusambo. All these have never seen or experienced real university in their lives. Who consults such a group about running an institution like UNZA?

    What kind of name is School of Engineering BUILT Sciences Mines and Minerals? Are we have a joke of a university now? Why is she even in that…

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    • The most useress and hopeless Farm to ever appear in Zambia is CHILDISH. Zambia was an oasis of peace until it came.

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    • Sharon, your comments are not welcome on mine. Twala ifiko somewhere else, you smelly rotten tribalist. Ununka ngesabi muchikapula wemwana wambwa wee. The country is down the drain you want to waste people’s time. Utwale ichinsenena uko. Ichibeleshi wenkumba wee. You respond you will not sleep for a few days reflecting on what has hit you. It high time you respected people’s views. You can respond to Mweetwa, he has very high tolerance, some we don’t. I don’t know you, so your pain is my happiness.

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    • Pinto – Dont feed the troll you just excite it…best approach is to ignore it as dog poop in a flower garden.

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    • Spot on,it’s like she wants to generate another controversy to steer away from the issue of the dead student.Is she looking for more riots or..What improvements will the bring? Luo herself may not even understand that consolidating faculties like that may create even bigger problems in UNZA,she may not know coz she left UNZA too early to go to Russia and as a politician she believes she knows it all when not!!

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  4. …Why is she even in that position? What is wrong with Lungu? Is he so daft he cannot see failure even when he is face to face with it? Damn this country is down the toilet. And they are blaming diaspora for their failure. What kind of people are these? What does combining two schools have to do with paying students meal allowances on time?

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  5. How does changing the names of schools into one improve the security of the University in then medium to long term. I missed something in this article??

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    • That’s the mediocrity, & wasted years we always talk about.
      You would think this woman Luo being a Professor would yap sense, & contribute to Zambia’s development, BUT what we see before our eyes is the the level of thinking of a Na Maliketi.
      THIS IS WHEN ONE REALISES, “THE BELLY IS RULING THE HEAD”

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  6. The only new face to have at UNZA is to remove PF, Lungu, and Luo from illegally occupying and destroying the country. Sadly as Prof. Lumumba says, the people in power have no ideas, and the people with ideas have no power. It is really a sad affair for Zambia.

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    • CHILDISH will go into retirement come 2021! You will see, and HATRIBES UTD will be playing football in Namwala HAGAIN.

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    • @Pinto…ignore ba Sharon and let her rant till she runs dry! She was miserably dumped by a Tonga bull hence the hatred she spews on here.

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  7. Deceiving superficial change of name NOT change of substance. Increase funding,repair the dilapidated blocks,change management and set benchmarks towards achieving top 10 university spot in Africa.

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  8. I am not sure who was drunk between the writer of the article and Nkandu Luo. The content makes no sense.

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  9. It seems PF wants to blame the opposition for the student riot. Student riots over meal allowances have been going on since time immemorial -waaaaay before HH. Why don’t we rather investigate why the meal allowances were paid late knowing full well from documented history and anecdotes that this leads to riots.Why weren’t students informed about the delay and measures taken to mitigate the ensuing hardships. This Nkandu Luo is the same one that diverted money meant for doctors salaries when she was health minister to ICASA in 1999 leading to a doctors striking and subsequently being fired.Just ask Dr.Chitalu Chilufya
    I think its time for her to stop being given leadership roles -she has failed in all portfolios miserably.

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  10. …………still trying to link the renaming and strategy on running this university….Have tried and failed lamentably….

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  11. Has this story been reported properly? I doubt. School of built science? Luo must have been misreported

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  12. ici ci Sharon, she can’t contribute anything sensible. The topic is about Zambia she starts talking about HH. HH alikutombele mahala. it is not everyone who critises the wrongs Of PF government who is UPND. Grow up b1tch.

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    • True What is wrong with this Solola Bien. She is always writing about HH when the topic is about Football. So strange

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  13. Always passing the buck. Accept responsibility and announce meaningful measures you murderers. But then, I forget, this crop of politicians and government are incapable of proper thinking.

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  14. Lusaka Times,

    Article is misleading it combines two separate issues name changes and amalgamation and Security. Combining both has confused some bloggers whose comments seem misguided because of it.

    Do you have a qualified Editor?

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  15. I too can’t wait 4 the day that LT will block this Sharon.
    S/he does not bring anything to the table,regardless of topic at hand.
    She seems obsessed with HH, maybe she has a crush on him.

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  16. “…The Prof adds that in further enhancing security interventions at the Campus a fence will be put and the University will introduce an electronic access control and set up CCTV Cameras…”

    I thought this was implemented after the last riots amid much noise about improvements by this same luo ???

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  17. “…The Prof adds that in further enhancing security interventions at the Campus a fence will be put and the University will introduce an electronic access control and set up CCTV Cameras…”

    I thought this was implemented after the last riots amid much noise about improvements and student IDs by this same luo ???

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  18. These pf followers of baalzebub have innocent blood on their hands…they are looking for an excuse to arrest the legitimate president of this country, but we warn you… people will not standby idly this time; we are fed up!

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  19. We need to petition LT to block chi Sharon the loose cannon.Honestly even Mushota is more tolerable.

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      Just ignore her/him… they are insecure attention seekers who think irritating people makes them feel good about their lives. Ignore, ignore and more ignore and it will hurt their ego even more.

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    Unbelievable amounts of mediocrity! How is amalgamation of 2 separate faculties into one and renaming it going to improve security at UNZA?

    Shuffling or consolidation of faculties shouldn’t be a preserve of clueless politicians… rather it should be the responsibility of lecturers in consultation with students who should be making such decisions. They know better and they are the ones directly affected.

    I would like to guess that separation of the faculty of mining from engineering was done deliberately because we are a nation of mining and minerals and the field is very specialised. Anyway that’s not even the point. The issue is about these incompetent numskulls making weird decisions all the time.

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  21. SHARON is the best thing that has ever happened on this site.

    CONSTANTLY reminding us of what we are dealing with exactly.

    Now, what the Prof is doing is the right thing.
    Zambia has many universities NOW.

    Why should those ungrateful brats at UNZA be treated with kid gloves?

    Let us unbundle UNZA.
    It’s archaic and continues to inconvenience serious students.

    Doing away with UNZALARU is great idea.
    After many years of $tupidity,someone is actually solving the problem for good.
    Big up to the Prof.

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  22. Could this be an amateur author ‘topic introduction typo’?…for once I thought out after reading entire article. By that I thought Prof.Luo was really instituting real policy practicle changes to unza academia.alas it’s all pulp,name changing.its unfortunate,it’s degenerative vision from minister.

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  23. Another good move from the Professor. Access control essential. One hallmark of Zambians is inability to keep orderly lines – and if these students cannot be orderly, control them like cows>

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  24. Please bear with me.I admit that i didnt consult widely to come up with solid solutions to the unza riot matter.I must have involved the unza fraternity&othetlr technocrats.I must be seen to be doing something about it especially by His Exellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu since unza is under my direct ministry.Secondly,i may be a brilliant prof but in my feild but that doesnt make me a better administrator.I appreciate your comments except those made by Sharon who suggested we rename Unza as ECL University to steer the institution towards peace as his Excellency is evedently a humble mab

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  25. After we the “wise P.F” have renamed, & moved some of the departments away, we will carry our “vision” into phase 2 which will be announced next year, basically renaming the campus JANG Xi University shopping mall of Lusaka.
    This our friends is in line with our corrupt & visionless principles, ensuring there’s more money in our – oop’s, your pockets, & prove to those doubters, & the evil opposition Dununa Reverse is working, & lifting Zambians out of poverty.

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  26. Change of nomenclature without real structural change is useless. One can only hope the minister has been misquoted.

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  27. Idont know what this prof. is smoking but what i know is it is not good for her! can we find a research center for this woman coz she has no idea on admin work! on politics, I doubt she can even convince a voter!!!!

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  28. This mancab will never cease to amaze me. She wants to talk about New UNZA Ugly Face just like hers and quickly start attacking HH. Whats her problem with HH kash. Why is he giving her-him so much headache. Oh I know its because she has failed to do her job just attacking students and lecturers at UNZA. Birds of the same feather flock together Ugly – people make ugly comments.
    Disaster!!!!

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  29. Sharon`s mother forgot to drink morning after pill after she slept with a mad person and that is the product madness

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  30. The title at first glance read, “Nkandu Luo to have a new face by 2019 – UNZA”.
    It would be nice though if she changed her face. Other than that, I think it’s time she hang her political gloves. Those blazing hot degrees could be put to good use.
    She’s a highly intelligent woman, but decision making and politics doesn’t go well with intelligence. Intelligence always takes a back sit in politics, critical thinking (others call it wisdom) is what we need in politics, that tenacity, the cunning, the will that’s what we need in politics.

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  31. Before you attempt to change the face of UNZA, please change yours first! UNZA is in your constituency but what have you done for it? There’s nothing to point to

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  32. Why should the Minister be announcing change at the University of Zambia?That is the role of UNZA management.
    The Dons have a better understanding of what is needed to improve higher institution of learning.Ngandu Luo is just a mere politician.

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  33. I think Prof. Nkandu Luo needs to take a back sit and have an introspection. My opinion is that she reached her pinnacle on the day she attained her Professorship, and after that it has been downhill. Her record of failures coupled with conflicts and antagonistic way of maladministration goes way back; Tasintha – She had to be forced to resign, Ministry of Health – UTH Doctors’ strike, ICSA Funds misapproriation; Ministry of Chiefs – Succession fights with the current Chiti Mukulu and now Ministry of Higher Education – CBU, UNZA, Mulungushi University…

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  34. my government will upgrade the school of witchcraft so that I revenge on all those people who made me faint kikikikiki

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  35. I hope we we make business with unza male students after you give them allowances notify us please we need to make money by selling our cunts infact our cunts are ATMs kikikikiki

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  36. What will government do about dead UNZA student ministry of higher education at large professor Nkandu Luo

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  37. ” in this regard I have directed UNZA Management to immediately Institute investigations to establish the true motive of the riots as she believes that the riots were initiated by outsiders and not by the population of UNZA”,she has said.

    Which outsiders were demanding for meal allowances?? It seems everyone has a suspect before the so called police complete investigations.. that is if ZP knows what an investigation is or how it is conducted..

    Could technical stuff please advise leaders on what not to say to public.. or is it LT reporters mis quoting.. difficult to say!

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