CHIEF Government Spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha says the clause to allow only degree holders to vie for the Republican Presidency is not aimed at discriminating against any Zambian, according to the Zambia Daily Mail.
He was speaking in an interview in Lusaka yesterday, in response to Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata’s statement that the requirement for a degree is aimed at discriminating against poor Zambians who cannot afford higher education.
Mr Sata also congratulated the MMD government for discriminating against their own members who, he claimed, have not obtained such qualifications.
But Gen Shikapwasha said government provides scholarships for Zambians who cannot afford to sponsor themselves for degree programmes.
He said the nation can boast of more than 10 public and private universities.
She said her ministry will use this year’s budget to build infrastructure in areas to be identified.
Ms Siliya said government is committed to improving the standards of education.
She said so far, there are three government universities and 11 privately owned.
“The increase in the number of universities is a clear sign that many Zambians want to obtain degrees. If this was not the case, the private sector would not have been opening universities,” Ms Siliya said.
“General Shikapwasha himself, I’m sorry, Mr Munkombwe, sorry, Jeff Kaande, I’m sorry, these do not qualify. The only person who qualifies is Katele Kalumba. This is very nice because it’s a disservice to MMD,” he said.
Courtesy of Daily Mail