YALI praise govt for 40 Million support to Mulungushi University

YALI interacting with Students

YALI interacting with Students

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has praised Government for releasing the K40 million to Mulungushi University in Kabwe to enable the institution complete works on pending infrastructure projects.

Speaking on behalf of the YALI delegation during the Town Hall Meeting sponsored by Hivos International with students leaders at Mulungushi University in Kabwe, YALI President Andrew Ntewewe has called on students to help government monitor utilization of resources and ensure management remain accountable in administration of funds for infrastructure projects at the University.

Ntewewe has said students must take advantage of the prevailing political will by government to improve educational standards by giving dialogue a chance with government in resolutions of disputes.

He said the 2014 Budget presents an opportunity for educational authorities to prioritize provision of quality education and improving infrastructure in colleges that have been upgraded to universities by President Michael Sata.

Mulungushi University students have complained to the YALI delegation that government has lamentably failed to address the issue of student bursaries and loans to the institution despite the institution being a public institution that must operate with same benefits with other institutions such as the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University.

The Union leader said students are saddened by the deaf ear Government has given to the cries of students to have them access bursaries and education loans.

The YALI Governance Advisor, Isaac Mwanza, has implored the students to keep engaging with government in dialogues to resolve problems and their cries before students resort to activities that may damage public peace.

He said YALI stands ready to facilitate engagement between government to ensure government uniformly implements the same policy on bursaries and education loans to all students. Mr. Mwanza said YALI will soon engage with Minister of Education and other relevant ministries to discuss student cries at Mulungushi.

Meanwhile, YALI Executive Board Secretary Mundia Hakoola has challenged students to rise to the occasion and make their voices heard in championing democracy and human rights in the country.

He said students must be identified with struggles that aim to serve mankind in general. He said government will only take the youth seriously if they take responsibility and begin to take the center stage in national development which includes promotion of good governance.