RB pleads with Diaspora students to return home after school

bandaBy Kaluwe Hanzuki-President Rupiah Banda has urged Zambian students studying abroad to be patriotic enough to return to Zambia and apply their education on developing the country.

And president Banda has started off from Cuba to Lusaka.

President Banda said Zambian professionals should be patriotic enough to accept to work even in rural areas upon completion of their studies locally or abroad.

He said this in Havana Wednesday when he addressed Zambian students studying various disciplines in Cuba.

He said although there was unemployment in Zambia, the country still had a shortage of manpower especially in the medical field.

“Please come back home with a spirit of sacrifice like Cubans. A country is built by its own people through their patriotism and hard work,” he said.

President Banda hoped that Zambian students studying abroad would accept to work anywhere in the country after they complete their studies.

“Many of you are on scholarships from the government of Zambia and we want you to come back and work in Zambia. but you must be willing to go to rural areas,” he stressed.

The President noted that his government was in the process of rebuilding the country hence the need for educated Zambians to devote their energies and knowledge working for their country.

And the representative of the Zambian Students in Cuba, Luyando Mapanza requested government to provide some requirements for students studying abroad.

Mr Mapanza said students were facing a challenge of lack of attires such as protective clothing and other requirements in their studies.

He also asked government to find a way of constantly informing students in the diaspora about what was happening back home.

“We promise to give back to Zambia our best when we complete our studies,” he pledged.

In another development, African diplomats accredited to Cuba have paid profound tribute to President Rupiah Banda for honouring former Cuban President, Fidel Castro, with an Order of the Eagle of Zambia First Division for his commendable service to his country and others.

Speaking on behalf of other diplomats, Congo Brazzaville’s Ambassador to Cuba, Pascal Onguemby, said Africa’s envoys in Cuba were happy with President Banda’s reasons for awarding Mr. Castro.

Ambassador Onguemby said President Banda was a great man hence he thought about honouring the former head of Cuba, who is still the commander in chief.

He was speaking yesterday when 15 out of 22 African diplomats accredited to Cuba paid a courtesy call on President Banda at his lounge.

He said Africa was proud of President Banda’s gesture to Cuba, adding that diplomats were grateful for his advice for them to be loyal to their countries and to Cuba.

And the diplomats joined President Banda in calling on the United States of America to lift the economic sanctions imposed on Cuba.

Meanwhile, President Banda has urged African diplomats accredited to Cuba that African heads of state and government were determined to transform the continent into a united and prosperous territory.

Mr Banda said African heads have been meeting to agree on how to drive Africa towards a formidable and economically viable continent.

He said although Africa was faced with many problems, the continent was capable of heaving out of its current economic status if all its countries’ leaders cooperated with one interest.

Diplomats that attended the meeting are from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Libya, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Ghana, Namibia, Angola, Nigeria, Mozambique, Sarahari, and Burkina Faso.

President Banda, who is accompanied to Cuba by First Lady Thandiwe Banda, Foreign Affairs Minister Kabinga Pande and senior government officials, leaves Cuba for Zambia today.

He has been in Cuba since Monday for a three day state visit following the invitation by Cuba’s President, Raul Castro Ruiz.


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