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Thursday, February 25, 2021

President Lungu donates bus to CBU Students

Headlines President Lungu donates bus to CBU Students

Copperbelt University students this morning received a rare treat when President Edgar Chagwa Lungu not only donated a bus to them but also rode with 20 of them on the bus to Woodlands Shopping Centre.

Recently, the President promised to source a bus for the students after hearing their cry when he visited the university in Kitwe.

And within weeks, the President has fulfilled that promise by donating a Higer Bus to the students.

At a handover ceremony at State House today, the President quoted Mathew Chapter 7, Verse 7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; Seek and you will find,” and handed the bus documents and keys to the Copperbelt University Student’s Union (COBUSU) president Lawrence Kasonde.

And the Dean of Students Ms Stylish Magida expressed gratitude to the President saying he has shown great love to “the students who are his children.”

She said the gesture shows the importance he attaches to education and encouraged the President to continue with the same spirit.

The Dean also remembered the President’s commiserations with the CBU students when they ‘lost’ ‘Mafishi’ (a pond fish that students believed brought them good luck).

And the COBUSU president thanked the President for his benevolence. 

Mr Kasonde said a few days ago, the President helped student Chama Musonda with medical fees. Ms Musonda is suffering from cancer of the lungs.

Mr Kasonde added that only yesterday, the President yet again officiated at the commissioning of University of Zambia lecture theatres.

“This, Your Excellency, shows that you care for us,” he said.

The student leader said students had encountered transport challenges and the bus will alleviate their suffering. 

Mr Kasonde said President Lungu had shown he cared for his people with Government’s decision to take over Mopani Mines in Kitwe and Mufulira.

“Let no one tell us that we cannot run the mines. Your Excellency these mines are for us young people for now and the future and you made the right call by repossessing them,” he said.

Earlier, the students were excited when the President got on the bus and rode with them from State House on Independence Avenue to Woodlands Shopping Centre and back.

The students chanted praises and sung songs for the President.

“This is great, driving on the same bus with the President,” one student quipped.

Mr Kasonde sat next to the President on the front seat.

Also on the bus were Acting Higher Education Minister Dennis Wanchinga, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, and Higher Education Permanent Secretary, Kayula Siame.

Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti and Special Assistant to the President for Politics Dr Chris Zimba also attended the ceremony.
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58 COMMENTS

  1. The man of the people. Very generous with the little that he has. This is the ubuntu spirit we need in our leaders. Meanwhile hh who is a self proclaimed billionaire on the back of poor Zambians is nowhere to be seen giving back. Last time he donated was last year when he gave cheap soap to help with covid. Now we hear that he is having marital disputes hence why police visited his mother in laws poor village. Anyaya if you know you voting pf give us an upvote on the comment

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  2. Fukk you saying whatever little he has.
    Throwing and dishing money to buy bites and sympathy as elections are round the corner.

    Pay the missed coupon payments. Two missed payments in arrears.

    Your boss is a convicted thief. Prison awaits for looting and plundering the state coffers.

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  3. Scouser I appreciate you are going through a lot and stressed because you know hh is losing again. But please I beg do not take your frustrations out on us.

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  4. This is the lazy man who never wanted the university opened or talk about it when it was closed he was happy for that moron of a professor Luo his then minister of Education to make you sweat today he is back as if he cares giving you what belongs to you already taking taxpayers money….imagine there is a pandemic and he is happy to board a bus with 20 students with his security detail and further spread the virus.
    Students dont forget how this man treated you when he closed CBU today he is begging from you!!

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  5. Hand outs to Zambians like orphans – a president must be just a president of a nation not to be begged. To govern as expected, without hoodwinking sections of the citizenry as if resources of Zambia are coming from personal sources.

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  6. The most classic adage regarding trolling is, “Don’t feed the trolls.” Trolls seek out emotional responses and find provocation amusing, so replying to them or attempting to debate them will only make them troll more. By ignoring a troll completely, they will likely become frustrated and go somewhere else on the internet.

    You should try your best not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how poorly they behave, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They’re not worth your time of day.

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  7. Muna Dekhane – its last minute leadership of the fooooolish African President ….they think hand outs will sort out problems of appalling facilities at CBU…these universities resemble 1940s Nazi concrete military facilities…he is happy to waste $17 million on expired drugs and damaged condoms not worth $10,000 today there he is shameless bribing the students union after more than 5 years in office and elected twice.

  8. Muna Dekhane – its last minute leadership of the fooooooolish African President ….they think hand outs will sort out problems of appalling facilities at CBU…these universities resemble 1940s Na zi concrete military facilities…he is happy to waste $17 million on expired drugs and damaged con doms not worth $10,000 today there he is shameless bribing the students union after more than 5 years in office and elected twice.

  9. At a handover ceremony at State House today, the President quoted Mathew Chapter 7, Verse 7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; Seek and you will find,” and handed the bus documents and keys to the Copperbelt University Student’s Union (COBUSU) president Lawrence Kasonde.

    Really laughable…tomorrow he will be at UCZ bribing those foooolish corrupt pastors at church

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  10. @KZ I’m not stressed. I’m very much happy.

    My concern is people like you and lungu have devastated the country. Peoples lives have been compromised for pocketing millions by giving corrupt tenders supplying expired Medicine.

    $27 billion dollars wasted.

    Why can’t you not comprehend simple facts. Look around you province to province and see how many people are out of poverty who have a decent living/income/ jobs.

    All you PF cockroaches have done is steal and plunder

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  11. Is this why the cobuso union president was saying he will personally chase HH from there? Just so that he can receive a mere bus for his union which they are entitled to anyway. Next you will be praising him for paying your salaries.

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  12. LET’S QUOTE THE BIBLE AGAIN “ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU”
    OH LORD PLEASE SAVE US FROM THIS PF GOVERNMENT
    AND LET MAKE ZAMBIA GREAT AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. In which countries hv u seen the government itself having no money to adequately fund government programmes and institutions but somehow the officials who work for that same government hv lots of money to make all sorts of donations to government institutions? Mobutu’s Zaire comes to mind in recent times.

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  14. ECL is dishing out Taxpayer’s Money 4 Election Campaign purposes. He is also using Money from Corrupt deals. ECL is bribing CBU Students so that they can campaign 4 him on the CB. U would have thought these Students are educated enough and aware that ECL has used Taxpayer’s Money to buy this Bus. Furthermore ,these Students should know that ECL has been elected and sworn in twice in 2015 and 2016 and therefore cannot stand 4 a Third Term in 2021. This is illegal and unconstitutional. These Students should enjoy the Bus Ride 4 now but on August 12, 2021 they should Vote 4 HH and UPND if they want change in their lives. The writing is on the wall.

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  15. ECL hopes to win August 12, 2021 Elections thru a Vote Buying Strategy. Will it work? Donchi kuveva here we go. CBU Students should enjoy the Bus Ride for now but come August 12,2021 vote 4 change. That Hopeful Change is HH aka Bally will fix it. All right thinking Zambians should vote for HH and UPND on August 12, 2021. A return to Power by the Corrupt ECL will hound Zambians 4 the rest of their lives. The writing is on the wall.

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  16. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GOVERNMENT MANDATE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORT RESOURCES TO PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. OF LATE WHO EVER STANDS OUT TO SPEAK AGAINST THE OPPOSITION IS QUICKLY EMPOWERED , GIVEN KHAKI ENVELOPE OR A BICYCE. BARELY A FEW DAYS AFTER THE FORMATION Of THE EASTERNERS NGO AIMED DECLINING EASTERN PROVINCE AS NO GO AREA FOR ANY OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTY, 9000 BICYCLES THERE TO BE DISTRIBUTED T O VILAGE HEADMEN WHO ARE THE BRABCH CHAIRPERSONS FOR THE SO CALLED NGO WITH THE SLOGAN OF WAKO NDI WAKO. AND BARELY A FEW DAYS AFTER THE CBU STUDENT PRESIDENT LAWRENCE KASONDE HAND STOOD ON TOP OF THE ANT HILL DECLARING CBU AS NO Go AREA FOR THE OPPOSITION , THE PRESIDENT INVITED THE STUDENT LEADER FOR VARIOUS GIFTS INCLUDING THE BUS. I FEEL PITY FOR THE STUDENT…

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  17. Get the bus and then vote HH and UPND. Ubupuba bwafula mu Zambia. Who is this so called Cobusu president…a mere student commenting on things political. Iyo ni Lesa twafwe….ati he will chase HH of ever HH stepped his foot at CBU grounds. Kwena to have a President who eats snakes is a big big SIN. Vote wisely bane please bane

  18. I was asked people “Do you remember Frederick Chiluba and his presidential fund?” That was not his money it belonged to the people of Zambia. However, he used it to manipulate the very poor Zambians by giving pastors, schools, marketeers and others. These beneficiaries were then paraded and sung the similar hymn to what we hear today “The President cares”. Wake up, It is your money and there should be proper channels in ministries to deal with this instead of someone appearing as if he has taken from his pocket”. Edgar Choipa Lungu is using Chawama formula, open your eyes!

  19. Powered by ECL?
    Remember those words when it breaks down!
    Powered by the wrong Engine.
    Hope he has given you a fully paid for maintenance plan.
    You can see how poor Zambians are mentally by how they behave under the influence of a political gift! They have forgotten how ichikupempula echikulya!
    Was he not the one who closed and sat on CBU not long ago? If you are wise students, remember to Return a Donchi Kubeba favor in August! Vote wisely!

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  20. What a load of unconscious students! Instead of questioning the current wanton selective dishing out of unsustainable pieces of resources, they kowtow to the ‘GREAT LEADER’. National resources are meant to be galvanised for the benefit of all in basic services like education, health and social welfare. Yet, thousands of kwacha in cash (whose source is not questioned), mealie meal bags, bicycles etc. are suddenly on offer for clear vote buying or hoodwinking purposes. If a University student cannot take the ruling government to account on this, then where are we heading to? Things that are meant to be basic provisions have been metamorphosed, to unsuspecting minds, into privileges – for which they are supposed to be ‘eternally grateful’, even if unsustainable

  21. Tax payers money should also be directed to retirees who are living in abject poverty. Enjoy the bus which you n I bought due to taxation but VOTE WISELY but donch Kubeba because they now thinking of increasing your food allowances in the hope of getting a vote from you.

  22. Where is ECL and the PF Mobilisation Committee getting all this Money from? This is Taxpayer’s Money which PF is using to buy votes 4 the August 12, 2021 Elections. People must realise that it is their Money and if offered they must take it and “eat” but on August 12,2021 they must vote wisely and remove the Corrupt PF Regime from Power. If Zambians make a mistake to retain ECL and PF in Power they will regret it 4 the rest of their lives. These Guys are thieves,looters and no wonder they have bankrupted the National Treasury and now have defaulted on external Bond Holders. With ECL and PF in Power the Zambian Economy will completely collapse and our lives will be ruined forever. Just wait and see chaos unfold.

  23. A corrupt president. Its a sponge that sucks all your resources then trickles down droplets of donations to your gratification. Only fools get played. Come August

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  24. You are just wasting your mr president you stopped providing meal allowances and bursaries today you are there at cbu donating a bus thoz ar intellectuals not villagers it very difficult to convince them..

  25. WE TOLD YOU THAT THE PF LEADERS HAD BECOME CORRUPT AND THIEVES. IF KIN COBRA HAD Not DIED HE WOULD HAVESPATTERED HIS VERNON ON MOST CURRENT CORRUPTION IS NOW THE WAY OF LIFE AND CHURCHES HAVE BECOME CENTERS OF EXHIBITION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CORRUPTION. WATCH OUT CBU STUDENTS AND DON’T LET LAWRENCE KASONDE DECEIVE You . HE IS BAPTIZED IN THE PF TENDONS OF CORRUPTION JUST BECAUSE OF HIS SELFISH MOTIVE AND GREAT LOVE FOR KHAKI ENVELOPES . BUT SOONER OR LATER ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BECOME STUBBORN BECAUSE OF DONATIONS SHALL BE DISGRACED . ASK JUDAS ISCARIOT WHENEVER He IS HE TELL REGRETTABLE STORIES

  26. true Tarino, KZ fits that “Don’t feed the trolls.” Trolls seek out emotional responses and find provocation amusing, so replying to them or attempting to debate them will only make them troll more. By ignoring a troll completely, they will likely become frustrated and go somewhere else on the internet.

  27. So the President wants to be seen to be PERSONALLY running the country, si teto? Iwe Saulos? Ndiye mwamene mucitila calo so iwe ka mambala??

  28. There is a story about Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko which sums up the arrogance and gall required to ransack your homeland and not lose a night’s sleep. In an interview on American television the president was asked about the size of his personal fortune. Could he personally pay off his country’s multi-billion dollar debt? President Mobutu answered that theoretically that was possible – but how could he be sure he would ever get his money back?
    Today Zambian’s should be asking themselves just that question, how can we ever recover the billions stolen from the treasury?

  29. kkkkkkkkk Politics of today bwafya tata tuleyatuleya umuntu ku bwelela kubantu ECL no doubt he will pull through according to statistics. What statistics found out for your self otherwise just know that, so people today talk about vote rigging before even elections are held shame on you bamambala.

  30. The Presidential gesture was timely and most welcome but knowing the behaviour of he students I wonder if the majority will ever campaign and vote Lungu and PF.

  31. When its your government’s duty to take care of the institution, today u say you bought them a bus. You have failed the learning institutions in the country. You buy a bread for your family and you want the m to praise you when its your duty to provide for the family.

  32. Bushe nindalama zanyoko? Kodi sunanvele nkani yakasaka ka ndalama?

    Relax people. We all have the capacity to help others. It just depends on the level you are at. Why should these donations raise eyebrows? The man is using his resources the way he wants. If you believe it’s not his then sue him or just shut up instead of concocting stories.

  33. Has L ung u only developed this generous heart when he has been president? What did he donate when he was MP? What did he donate when he was a lawyer? This is the question we should be asking.

  34. Whatever trick ECL touches is turning into dust! CBU Students are not stupid and are now having the last laugh. ECL doesn’t realise the extent to which he and PF are now unpopular. His imposition on Zambians thru an illegal and unconstitutional Third Term is making him even more unpopular. The Republican Constitution is clear: “A person who has been elected twice is not eligible for re-election “. The message is very clear. ECL’s Political Career is Coming to an end in August 2021. A stolen Election by ECL will get him into more trouble. The writing is on the wall.

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