CBU bans squatting

The Copperbelt University Vice Chancellor Professor Ngoma has with immediate effect banned students from squating. The Copperbelt University has an accommodation capacity of around 1800 bed spaces against the more than 7000 students enrolled at the University.

Because of this, for years now students have been accommodating each other by sharing bed spaces.
The tyrant VC has vowed to make sure everybody not accommodated stays outside campus, meaning over 5000 students need to find boarding houses.

This is infact very impossible. First years are currently doing their registration in school and majority of them are being forced to sleep outside in the cold due to the VC’s stance.
As students we ask the world to take a look at what is happening at our university.

Is it our fault that CBU management always over enrolls? Is it our fault that we do not have enough accommodation. If our President, Michael Sata can allow street vending due to lack of space in the markets, why can’t the VC allow squating due to lack of accommodation?

Concerned CBU student.

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124 Responses to "CBU bans squatting"

  1. Former student Electrical   April 19, 2013 at 09:59

    VIVA DATA VIVA..!!!ONE ONEEEEEEEE..wait for the returning students..then roadside mudala..how much is it now..?i guess 3 to 3.5mil squatting can be used for alot of things..JAMBOOOOOOO…!!!

  2. hellen   April 18, 2013 at 21:04

    Vc,use tht thing your neck is carryn.

  3. hellen   April 18, 2013 at 20:27

    I doubt tht the so called vc has thot this thru,coz almost half of da students are nt accomodated.we’re does he expect us to go?stayn at a boarding house is too expensive n morever thy are limited boarding houses.I think we shud all move in his house.build more hostels than ban squatn, please vc use that thing your neck is carryn.

  4. One Mafishi   April 18, 2013 at 09:28

    The idea is alright but the timing is poor,such can only be implemented if the University/government provides boarding houses that are cheap,Private owned boarding houses are too expensive for an average Zambia student to manage.Mind you,Close to 55% of us are on GRZ loans because we are less privileged,how much money does the government fund us with?divide it and see if it cutters for Outside accommodation,We squat not because we enjoy it but because its much cheaper that a boarding house.If they say this decision is final then they should increase our accommodation allowance with immediate affect other wise we will do what we know best,yes!!!,what we know best>>>>>>>JAMBOOOOOO…….!!!

  5. kumalo   April 18, 2013 at 09:23

    (1) let squatting be limited to 4 students in a room.
    (2 last year we had a story about Mindoro let it come into effect by arranging for periodic transportation of students lets say 6hrs, 12hrs, 18hrs and 22hrs.this can off course be on a charge included on the lodging fee.this is workable before returning students report. the school will face less resistance from the freshers

    (3)then some senior lecturers can leave those houses near the school for students,by encouraging them to take accommodation from outside campus give them reasonable housing allowance.
    (4)long term arrangement,there should be a clear road map on this matter,let us involve the private sector on this matter i think i kno of guys from well to do families who are ready to pay more than 5 million for a bed-space, so lets communicate to the business guys about this good business.

    (6) government be paying accommodation allowance in cash immediately schools open.

    let us continue to think through this matter. many want to learn so limiting enrollments will not do us good

  6. frank one   April 17, 2013 at 19:33

    What about the vulnerable students from rural areas who are sponsored by GRZ and yet not accomodated? Does CBU want girls to become vulnerable. Or prostitutes? VC use yo grey matter wisely or else we shall vote wisely!

  7. Smak .2   April 17, 2013 at 19:32

    Viva student power viva. It is time we taught ba tata vc a lesson, which by al means he wil personally teach the 1 coming after him. Viva

  8. gunkuluku   April 17, 2013 at 18:24

    i am one of the pipo who hav spent 4 days in the cold at cbu. am even regreting coming to this university.shallow minded vc

  9. Kaponyas!!!   April 17, 2013 at 17:06

    Show me one university in the world that accomodates all its students? In most developed country students from 2nd and above usually stay off campus. What the university should do is build some more hostels lets say to accomodate a further 2000 and the rest of the student need to find altenative accomodation. You cant expect the university to give each and every student accomodation, thats just ridiculous, let be serious! Those students coming from from kitwe should not be on the priority of having on-campus accomodation.
    For those residents around the university, this is a business opportunity for you, open your homes for student housing, charge the students per room. education is not cheap bane, its costs money!

    • The Servant   April 19, 2013 at 07:11

      Iwe Kaponya, in developed countries, there are houses around the campus and also the people offer their houses for students. This requires planning over a long period of time. It is NEVER so abrupt or so sudden that you take everyone off guard.

  10. Mwimbwa Lloyd   April 17, 2013 at 17:02

    SLet them continue squatting its not your institution.

  11. ViceChallenger   April 17, 2013 at 16:53

    Why did they take in so many? Too many unplanned projects in Africa. The VC is right we can’t be sleeping on top of each other.

  12. Exhaust blown Diffuser   April 17, 2013 at 16:36

    don’t worry guys it will be him to leave that office. it is not the first time we are hearing threats like these. may be he doesn’t know what we are capable of doing. he will be a student and we will lecture him. we will squeeze his testicles.

    • Jay_R   April 18, 2013 at 09:40

      Jesus christ that can,t happen….a viva is coming…smoothly..

  13. Advocate   April 17, 2013 at 14:30

    That is the ex-Air Force product.I met him in Cape Town doing his PhD.He has a military background which does not brook any nonsense. He is showing that the Politicians have failed us lamentably.PF is completely lost and does not know what to do next.Creating more problems such as induced by-elections and formation of more districts which require massive funding will never in anyway solve anything.Vividly, they never plan for anything. Their wishes will never be put into practice.They are traitors of the worst kind without any plans.Building castles in the air,what a government.

  14. Membe is a divider of the country   April 17, 2013 at 14:11

    The sponsoring of students by government is just on paper. The government does not send the money to the university.

  15. Angel   April 17, 2013 at 14:06

    Banning is not the solution,look at the room cause of squating and find a sustainable solution! Y over enroll if u can not accomodate them. Shallow minded thinking.

  16. forester   April 17, 2013 at 13:02

    If you went to CBU as a fresher and you had no relative in that land, you wouldnt support this idea at all. this cannot be done overnyt. let private sector help in bulding hostels and then CBU should have a standard number of students to enroll. at some point squatting will on its own be the tok of the past. if the bed spaces as at now is aprox 1800 and CBU has enrolled over 7000 we v over 5000 students to find accomodation overnyt..this seems impossible in practice.

  17. simbwindibwi   April 17, 2013 at 13:02

    Voice of truth, u have university education but you dont have international education hence your way of looking at university education is not holistic. What u see at UNZA is nothing close to standard university. Strive to get exposed and your mind will open.

  18. lezgee   April 17, 2013 at 13:00

    I wonder why students tremble whenever such rumours emerge. statements hav always emerged lyk ths from the days of prof. M.M, but we stil used 2 squat. The V.C knos 2 wel wat we are capable of doing & provoking us ths early wouldn’t help matters.
    No nid 2 panic gentlemen.

    • nelly   April 17, 2013 at 15:38

      my dear this is very true come and see and hear it for yourself. To make matters worse when accommodation in workers compound not allow this year. No worker is allowed to keep any student. Fire on the mountain my dear you have it coming.

  19. simbwindibwi   April 17, 2013 at 12:59

    Do we Zambians know that education is what drives the world? with education, people have advanced in science and technology. Now for us its a waste of time. Now instead of valuing our education, we want foreigners to come and build our stadium, our schools, our hospitals, our roads etc come on, guys lets lift the bar, improve our education standards lets make RSA as a standard for now against which we can check ourselves. You cant develop if you dont compare yourself with people progressing nations. Why dont ministers send their children to our local schools? why dont they go to UTH when they are sick? it means they know we are substandard.

  20. Allan Chimfutumba   April 17, 2013 at 12:38

    CBU management should think of sourcing money through public/private partnership to build more hospitals than banning squatting. Banning squatting is not the solution of solving the challenge faced by Students.

    • Honourable Court   April 17, 2013 at 14:17

      Hostels not hospitals

  21. Rose   April 17, 2013 at 12:36

    May the Minister of Education come in this crisis please.Remember some of our parents were educated at the time all things were free

  22. Voice of Truth MGMVP   April 17, 2013 at 12:26

    Your comment just screams “zero university education”!! I was lucky enough to be accommodated at unza, I had friends sqting. This is because my father’s tax payers money wsnt the only one used to build those hostels! Everybody has a right to university accommodation, do u even knw how expensive boarding houses are? Useful idiot

  23. nkole mwape   April 17, 2013 at 12:18

    which University did this man went to?

    • Angel   April 17, 2013 at 13:30

      “Go to” not “went to” my br.

    • Tione   April 17, 2013 at 15:51

      And which primary school did you go to, just look at your English.

      • One Mafishi   April 18, 2013 at 09:52

        Ba Tione,dont you know they is what is called TYPING ERROR.

  24. kay   April 17, 2013 at 12:00


  25. simbwindibwi   April 17, 2013 at 11:54

    Can a quantity surveyor tell us how many hostels can be built if we served the monies we waste on bye-elections. Maybe we can educate the govt that money is there its just misplaced priorities.

  26. simbwindibwi   April 17, 2013 at 11:52

    we should be ashamed as a country for failing to increase accommodation facilities at the university. If you saved monies from useless bye-elections how many hostels can you build? from independence to date u still want to find excuses. Become deep thinkers and find solutions. Thats why we need a degree holder for president, he may have the ability to think and solve the problem. for now forget! You cant make our schools international shuwa? from primary schools to university, its substandard. Our colonial masters will never come to build us schools, never, its our job to do it. that’s why Muzungu ni muzungu, if he had a country like ours with the resources it has, it wud have been like south africa or even Australia but ifwe bantu bafita, just fighting each other and being petty for years now 50 years after independence. shame on you. Ba mwenye built an oxford standard university from copper from KCM, ifwe even a hostel we fail, shame on you, empty tins!

  27. Oprah   April 17, 2013 at 11:44

    All well meaning Zambians whould come on board! this is an opportunity for those whose eyes are open wide! make money out of this oppo…rentu out your little spaces available. start partnering and build hostels, it is a life long business….

  28. lolo   April 17, 2013 at 11:39

    We know squating is bad what do they expect us 2 do watch our frends suffer en slip in the cold that’s just not right. Do we want our own space yes but are we human enough not 2 want 2 see our frends suffer yes. Bbuild more hostels then put such policies in place

  29. Kabamba.Kalende   April 17, 2013 at 11:36

    As long as the GRZ sponsored students are given the accommodation allowance in cash then it is okay.They can use the money to rent rooms outside. But the system is such that GRZ pays both tuition and accommodation allowance directly to the university. So if GRZ sponsored are required to find accommodation elsewhere then it means CBU management is stealing money. Either way CBU gets the complete payment of accommodation allowance from GRZ including for those who are squatting.

  30. Sikimbinyi   April 17, 2013 at 11:29

    The Vice-Chancellor is right. It is high time sanity was brought to Zambian higher institutions of learning. Squatting has reduced these institutions to semblance of shanty compound taverns.

    • raeydon   April 17, 2013 at 12:09

      chikala chobe, were do u think i wil n stayin coz ive no relativs on th coppabelt. think twice

      • Sikimbinyi   April 17, 2013 at 14:44

        You will hang around your chikala. Is that the problem of the institution if you have no relative on the Copperbelt? Think with your head not with your chikala. No university in the world gives a room to every student.

      • Sikimbinyi   April 17, 2013 at 14:51

        Typical of people who think with their chikalas. It is chikala this , chikala that. Does your world revolve around a penis?

    • Voice of Truth MGMVP   April 17, 2013 at 12:21

      Your comment just screams “zero university education”!! I was lucky enough to be accommodated at unza, I had friends sqting. This is because my father’s tax payers money wsnt the only one used to build those hostels! Everybody has a right to university accommodation, do u even knw how expensive boarding houses are? Useful idiot

      • Sikimbinyi   April 17, 2013 at 14:48

        For your information I have been to better universities than CBU. My children have also been to far better universities than both CBU and UNZa so I know what Iam talking about.

        • Vizungu   April 18, 2013 at 15:37

          Are you sure you have kids that have even been to university – slugging it out with insults on these boards with students your children’s age? Twalafunda shani abana?

          But then, I don’t believe you’ve been to university, else you would have stated which one!

  31. Patriotic Fools   April 17, 2013 at 11:28

    uyu VC chikala litole saans ai?Iwe chikala mwale sambila isukulu ilya abantu 200 students tha entire unza because pipo were not interested in education but not now there is high demand for education.Is their fault that you over enroll them?definately not,it is because you interested in the KR150 from the applications form.Leka abaiche balesambila mu mutende iwe chikala.UMUNTU KU SQUATA.