Agriculture minister Robert Sichinga has runaway from the numerous problems affecting his ministry and gone gallaivanting to the United States of America in the name of attending an Agriculture expo and so called courting investors.
Mr. Sichinga arrived in the US yesterday morning at a time farmers in Eastern province are protesting due to the late delivery of farming in-puts while two Lufwanyama farmers died in Kalulushi while awaiting to get top dressing fertilizer.
Other than the chaotic farming season Mr. Sichinga has left, students and lecturers at the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) are wondering when the college which has been indefinitely closed for more than three months now will be opened.
Sources at the institution also have no idea why the college was indefinitely closed and are merely telling students that the instructions came from higher authorities.
“Can you imagine now we are told the minister is out of the country. Education is our human right and our parents who pay school fees deserve to know why we are home and what is going on so they can make budgets. Some of our parents are farmers and are asking whether they should just buy fertilizer from our tuition fees,” some of the students talked to told the Watchdog.