By Ambassador Emmanuel Mwamba,
EVERY year, the last five years, I receive in my mail a letter praising my accomplishment and informing me that I have been nominated for an honorary PHD!
Even when I have changed addresses from Mongu to Lusaka, to Pretoria and now to Addis Ababa, the letter arrives with efficient regularity! The request comes from an institution called the London Graduate School.
The Business School states that it works with and is affiliated with the Commonwealth University. The catch is that I need to meet associated costs of $5,500.00.
The letter also pledges that I could be part of a graduation ceremony to award me and other deserving candidates, to be held in London, Dubai or any other city chosen that year! So let’s start with the mother University, The Commonwealth University.
A casual search quickly reveals that this institution is NOT an entity of the Commonwealth! The Commonwealth of Nations, generally known simply as the Commonwealth, is an association of 53 member states, nearly all of them former territories of the British Empire. Clearly by naming the University after such a credible group, the intention is to mislead that the University is a bonafide entity or project of the Commonwealth.
Infact the so called Commonwealth University is a private company registered in Panama with a UK address. The University has invested in a colourful website with display and address usually associated with credible universities. But luckily and importantly, it states that; “The Commonwealth University is a corporate professional private distance learning university registered in the City of Panama”. UK and many qualification authorities have stated that the London Graduate School and the Commonwealth University are not accredited by the authority to award any degree, be it regular or honorary! Honorary degrees are not ‘real’ degrees; in other words, being awarded an honorary degree is not the same as earning an actual doctorate. In fact, an honorary degree is a degree “honoris causa”, Latin for ‘for the sake of the honor’.
So bane, ku joba fye! So apa, my holidays have been disrupted because of a masters program I have been doing that requires intensive residence school but with a credible and accredited institution.
Zambian truck driver burns to death 2 days after celebrating birthday
A ZAMBIAN truck driver has been burnt to death after a fuel truck he was driving caught fire, reports have indicated.
Simon Mulonga, an employee of Juba Transport is said to have died in Zimbabwe where the accident happened.
He celebrated his birthday on Saturday.
It is not immediately clear what caused the fire.
Mulonga was married to journalist Chikumbi Katebe.
Zambian Fashion Designer Juliet Mayida Jacobs nominated for three awards at this year’s Designers Award Africa.
ZAMBIAN Fashion Designer Juliet Mayida Jacobs of Interfashional Africa has been nominated for three (3) awards at this year’s Designers Award Africa.
(i) African Fashion Brand of the Year
(ii) African Female Designer of the Year
(iii) African Fashion Stylist of the Year Female.
Juliet Mayida Jacobs is former runway model, international pageant judge, Last year’s Zambia fashion week challenge winner and she recently showcased at this year’s Lusaka July in September.
Voting for Designers Award Africa starts on the 27th of September and will close on the 26th of October 2020. – https://elfrique.com/s/DAA
INSTAGRAM; @juliet_jacobs & @interfashional_africa
RTSA calls for safety of pupils as Schools open on Monday
In a statement, RTSA Head of Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga also cautioned against the use of unsafe vehicles such as open vans and tracks to transport children to schools.
He said the increase in the number of vehicles on the road during this period poses a great risk to all road users if traffic rules and regulations are not adhered to.
And Mubanga has appealed to all Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers to observe appropriate speed limits.
He further implored PSV drivers to observe public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among the travelling public.