by Natasha Sakala on 25 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 25 Jun 2019by Diggers Correspondent on 25 Jun 2019by Diggers Correspondent on 25 Jun 2019
- Goal Diggers
by Abraham Kalito on 19 Jun 2019by Abraham Kalito on 17 Jun 2019by Abraham Kalito on 17 Jun 2019by Abraham Kalito on 10 Jun 2019
by Diggers Correspondent on 25 Jun 2019by Natasha Sakala on 25 Jun 2019by Diggers Correspondent on 24 Jun 2019by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 24 Jun 2019
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 22 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 21 Jun 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 23 Jun 2019by Diggers Editor on 21 Jun 2019by Diggers Editor on 20 Jun 2019by Diggers Editor on 19 Jun 2019
by Martha Mwanza and Felix Kashweka on 21 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 7 Jun 2019by Mukosha Funga on 30 May 2019by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 23 May 2019
- Guest Diggers
by Dr Chisoni Mumba, PhD on 22 Jun 2019by Chewe Chishala on 22 Jun 2019by Chibamba Kanyama on 11 Jun 2019by Chibamba Kanyama on 28 May 2019
Lungu shouldn’t allow abolishing of meal allowances – UNZALARUBy Mirriam Chabala on 26 Dec 2018
University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) general secretary Dr Kelvin Mambwe has appealed to President Edgar Lungu not allow Professor Nkandu Luo to abolish meal allowances for students.
Meanwhile, UNZASU president Warran Hamusunga says the Higher Education Minister has assured them that payment of meal allowances shall continue.
Last week, a named student from CBU phoned Prof Luo to follow up on the delayed meal allowances for university students and whilst she assured him that the allowances would be paid soon, she informed the student that government would abolish meal allowances in January so that students could fend for themselves.
But in an interview, Dr Mambwe wondered why Prof Luo wanted to abolish meal allowances when it was not something government was giving for free.
“We have received that news with a sense of shock because the meal allowance that students are getting is part of the loan that government gives them, meaning that this is money that they will be able to pay back. So it’s not like government is doing them a favour by giving them that money. So am wondering how and where the advice is coming from that the minister would even think of removing an allowance which helps a lot of our students. These students that we are talking about, three quarters of these students, the minister knows very well that they are coming from very rural areas and from very vulnerable backgrounds. We interact with these students almost every day and we know that most of our students cannot afford, their parents cannot afford even a K200 per month to support their studies,” Dr Mambwe said.
He explained that the meal allowances helped a lot of students in sustaining themselves while in school.
“It’s not an allowance that is given for leisure, this is money that supports the day to day lives of these students. Government stopped a long time ago to support dining halls so I think sometime we should go back into history to find out how some of these allowances were introduced. Meal allowance was introduced when government was failing to run dining halls in these higher learning institutions, that’s hoe they introduced an allowance which students could use to buy their own meals and buy their own small groceries in order to support their learning process. these are public institutions, public institutions are open to everyone and three quarters of these students are coming from humble backgrounds. So we are so disappointed as a union and we hope that government will rescind it’s decision to remove this allowance,” Dr Mambwe said.
Dr Mambwe called on President Lungu to prevent Prof Luo from succeeding in abolishing meal allowances.
“It’s unfortunate that our leaders sometimes forget where they are coming from and they also forget about the plight of their own constituency. If you look at the level of poverty in our country, it’s very high that a normal leader cannot think about abolishing an allowance that is given to students in order to alleviate their challenges. So we are very disappointed, we only hope that the powers that be, the Head of State can come in and stop this minister from going ahead and removing this allowance. I think we will need to engage the ministry itself and maybe the wider community in order to see how best this issue can be resolved,” said Dr Mambwe.
“It’s unfortunate that the minister thinks that meal allowances is a source of confusion in higher learning institutions, that’s just not true. I think the cause of confusion is usually the delay in remitting these allowances tot the students. So to give that reason as the basis for removing the allowances is something that we can’t understand. So we are just appealing to the President and the entire cabinet that they should not allow the minister to even present this to cabinet.”
Meanwhile, after holding a meeting with Prof Luo on Monday, Hamusunga stated that the minister had assured students that payment of meal allowances would continue.
“With reference to the allegations circulating on social media over abolishment of meal allowances at higher learning institutions. We The University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) thought it wise to seek immediate audience with the Higher Education Minister Prof Nkandu Luo for clarification. In this quest, we managed to have a successful dialogue with the Minister and we can confirm that student concerns have been heard for both UNZA and CBU. Moving forward we can also confirm that the allocation of meal allowances will continue as it has been in the past,” stated Hamusunga.
About Mirriam Chabala
Mirriam Chabala is a Zambian journalist who covers current affairs and writes in-depth feature articles on social issues.
Email: mirriam [at] diggers [dot] news
- Lungu should hold press conference, face tough questions – Mweetwa - 25 Jun 2019
- CK hallucinating, I maintain healthy bank accounts worldwide – GBM - 22 Jun 2019
- UPND MPs won’t betray Zambians – Belemu - 22 Jun 2019
- Wina denounces political violence at funerals - 21 Jun 2019
- Relief food must extend beyond maize – HIVOS - 21 Jun 2019
- Critics of Lungu’s PhD anger PF’s Paul Moonga
- I supervised works at Chimese’s building, ZAF officer tells court
- Lungu’s remarks on sale of KCM shows he doesn’t respect the courts – Kambwili
- Katuba by-election will be litmus test for violent-free 2021 polls – Mumbi
- Lungu should hold press conference, face tough questions – Mweetwa
Subscribe for email alerts
ArchivesJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend