PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has asked students and the Loan and Scholarship Boards to discuss recoveries of student loans given to students from the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University dating back to 2004, sources have disclosed. The Zambia National Student Union (ZANASU) had earlier written to President Lungu regarding recoveries of the students’ loans from former UNZA and CBU students and the President wants this matter mutually discussed between ZANASU and the Loans Board, and the report availed to him.
When contacted for a comment, ZANASU President Misheck Kakonde confirmed that ZANASU was in talks with the Loans Board to plan for a meeting scheduled for next month.
“Yes, our Executive has been involved in the quiet diplomacy to find a win-win situation for students and government in the recoveries of students’ loans that were given to students,” Kakonde said.
He said there were a number of issues which students and some selected former students would like to address with government before they could roll out recoveries of student loans. Kakonde said ZANASU was trying to find a way in which students from all public and private universities could be represented at the meeting.