Minister confirms student killed herself after being denied UNZA bursary

Education Minister John Phiri has confirmed this morning to Parliament that a first year student admitted to University of Zambia (UNZA) recently committed suicide after being denied a bursary.

Earlier this week, a 19-year first year UNZA student Munsankwa Makwambwa who obtained six points at grade, committed suicide by drinking doom, an insecticide, after she discovered that her name has been left out from government bursary scheme.

More than 4000 students have been left out of the bursary scheme and will be sent into the streets as their parents cannot afford the exorbitant fees charged by the University.

But Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has insisted that government will not pay for vulnerable children from poor families even though they have been accepted at UNZA.

Speaking when he called in on a UNZA radio programme that featured Hichilema, Kambwili said PF has prioritised building roads and other infrastructure such as universities around, even before they sort out issues at the existing universities and public institutions.

Kambwili said the PF never promised free education in their manifesto.

But Former Siavonga MP, Douglas Siakalima called on the same programme and quoted page 8 and 10 of the PF manifesto where it promised free education from grade 1 to grade 12 and to all pupils in tertiary education in Zambia.

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