Popular musician and activist Pilato has written a letter appealing to President Edgar Lungu to reopen the Copperbelt University.
In the letter, Pilato says the closure of CBU is a work against President Lungu’s own efforts as a government.He said some of the CBU students are children of members of the Patriotic Front while some of the children come from very poor families who sacrifice everything just to have them get an education.
Below is the full letter authored by Pilato
Dear Mr President,
RE: CBU Reopening
Please refer to the subject above.
Mr. President I write to seek for your consideration in the matters surrounding the Copperbelt University.
Sir, Zambia a country you are President for is ranked amongst the poorest in the world with alarming levels of illiteracy. Majority of our people are geographically disadvantaged, many who were not lucky to have been born on the Copperbelt, Livingstone or Lusaka endure long distances to access a nearest school. This is a reality that you should be bothered about. It is very concerning because Zambia’s development will only be attained with quality education. Your excellency, it will be very difficult for you and your party to develop this country without an educated population.
The closure of CBU is a work against your own efforts as a government. Some of the CBU students are children of members of your own party the Patriotic Front. Some of these children come from very poor families who sacrifice everything just to have them get an education. Sir the Closure of CBU is a national threat. The university is a garden of dreams, dreams that can change the present and the future of our country. This closure has halted these dreams and if it’s prolonged, the damage may cost this country more in future.
I wish to appeal to your conscience sir, for the sake of our good country, open the university. Free the dreams of our young people. If not for the sake of the country, please do it for the members of your party whose children are affected by this closure. Not so many of our people are privileged to enter university so we should not seem to frustrate those that make it.
The future of this country depends on the dreams of its young people. Please do not deny them an opportunity to get an education.