by Mukosha Funga on 22 Jul 2019by Ulande Nkomesha on 22 Jul 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 22 Jul 2019by Ulande Nkomesha on 22 Jul 2019
- Goal Diggers
by Stuart Lisulo on 21 Jul 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 18 Jul 2019by Natasha Sakala on 18 Jul 2019by Diggers Correspondent on 18 Jul 2019
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 22 Jul 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 22 Jul 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 19 Jul 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Jul 2019
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Correspondent on 24 May 2019by Diggers Reporter on 4 Mar 2019by Andyford Mayele Banda on 29 Jan 2019by Davies Mwila on 22 Jan 2019
by Diggers Editor on 21 Jul 2019by Diggers Editor on 20 Jul 2019by Diggers Editor on 19 Jul 2019by Diggers Editor on 16 Jul 2019
by Mukosha Funga on 21 Jul 2019by Web Master on 27 Jun 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 26 Jun 2019by Martha Mwanza and Felix Kashweka on 21 Jun 2019
- Guest Diggers
by Prof Muna Ndulo on 21 Jul 2019by Dr Chisoni Mumba, PhD on 22 Jun 2019by Chewe Chishala on 22 Jun 2019by Chibamba Kanyama on 11 Jun 2019
Kitwe man seeks funding to pay son’s university feesBy Mirriam Chabala on 6 Sep 2018[easy-social-share counters=0 counter_pos="hidden" total_counter_pos="right" template="20" style="icon" point_type="simple"]
A Kitwe peasant farmer is seeking financial assistance from well-wishers to settle tuition fees for his son who risks being kicked out of university for owing the institution in excess of K24,640,00.
Lewis Washama explained to News Diggers! in a walk-in interview that his son, James, who is a fourth year student at Mukuba University, would not be allowed to sit for his final examinations this November if he did not settle his balance.
Washama said the situation had been exacerbated after the running of Mukuba University was placed under the Copperbelt University (CBU), whose management did not allow anyone to attend classes or sit for any examination without paying.
Washama said he had been to several institutions, including the Ministry of Higher Education to ask for assistance for his child, but that he could not get any assistance as the Ministry of Higher Education only promised him that the students’ loan scheme, which could have assisted his son, would only be introduced next year at Mukuba University.
“My name is Lewis Washama, I am 66 years old. I am peasant farmer. I have a son who is studying Mathematics and Chemistry and Mukuba University in Kitwe. He is in his fourth year this year and he has been denied to write the final examinations because he is owing the institution K24,640.00. Unless he pays and clears this amount, that’s when he will be allowed to write the examinations. I am, therefore, appealing to well-wishers who can be able to assist my child to proceed and write the examinations. I actually went to the Ministry of Higher education, where I was advised to look for other sponsors who can come to my aid. Then I was also looking for the loan scheme, but it has not yet been implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education [at Mukuba University]. I was, however, told that this loan scheme will be implemented next year in January. So at the moment, I was refereed to see some other sponsors,” Washama explained.
Asked how he managed to keep his son in school all these years, Washama narrated that he had been using his personal earnings as a peasant farmer until in 2017 when he could no longer afford to continue doing so.
“He was enrolled in 2015 and I have been paying for him since then. But then I have been struggling to pay for him because I am just a peasant farmer, I was struggling to pay bit by bit. Then in the third year of his studies, I failed to meet the requirement and that’s when I appealed to the District Commissioner for Kitwe, Mr Binwell Mpundu, who wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor to allow my child to proceed to the third year, so he was allowed and that’s how the amount accumulated to this K24,000 now because he was just learning on credit basis. So, now in this fourth year, the university has totally refused to allow him to learn without paying because the Mukuba University is now run by the Copperbelt University (CBU). So, the conditions are very strict; they can’t allow my child to write exams, unless I clear this balance. So, I am appealing to well-wishers who can be able to assist me to offset this amount,” explained Washama.
For anyone willing to assist, Washama left the following contact numbers on which he could be reached.
“I am a peasant farmer, I cannot meet this figure, it’s too much. My phone numbers are; +260 977 189 264, +260 969 794 007, +260 955 424 533. I am staying in Kitwe, Chimwemwe Compound.”
In January last year, Washama approached Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu, who in turn wrote to Mukuba University to allow James proceed with his third year studies without paying, since he was vulnerable. But the university is still insisting that James would not be allowed to write his exams until he pays.
“The aforementioned is a third year student at your university. The family has failed to raise tuitions fees for him to continue his education. It is against this background that I write to your good office to enable him proceed to third year for he is vulnerable and just looking for well-wishers to help him raise the said tuition fees. His parents have promised to sell a property of land for them to [raise] monies for their son’s university fees,” wrote Mpundu.
About Mirriam Chabala
Mirriam covers current affairs and writes in-depth feature articles on social issues.
Email: mirriam [at] diggers [dot] news
- Ng’andu up against PF’s self-preservation – Sacika - 22 Jul 2019
- Police quick to arrest Lubinda’s attackers but failing to find Kasongo’s killers – NDC - 19 Jul 2019
- Govt will administer conventional FISP alongside e-voucher to address climate change – Katambo - 19 Jul 2019
- Nothing wrong with selling KCM to Chinese – Negotiating team - 18 Jul 2019
- ZCCB seeks alternative route for “genuine” reconciliation - 18 Jul 2019
- HH richer than me, but can’t build you a toilet, Lungu tells Katuba
- Court’s decision not to oust Kambwili leaves NDC in awkward position – Musenge
- Ng’andu up against PF’s self-preservation – Sacika
- Even RB was more reasonable than Lungu – Kambwili
- We’ll work with Mushimba to fix mess of Luo’s destructive legacy – UNZALARU
Subscribe for email alerts