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Malawian woman sues UNZA over master’s degree 



WHILE  Allan The Degree Holder, has been advocating for people to get degrees, a Malawian has gone a step further by demanding for a masters degree from the University of Zambia (UNZA) through the courts.

Susan Mkangama sued the University Council of Zambia demanding that it confers on her, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in strategic management.

If the council fails to confer the masters, she alternately wants the Lusaka High Court to order the council to refund her tuition fees with interest.

Ms Mkangama also wants the court to order the institution to pay her damages for loss of use of funds, inconvenience and mental anguish, among reliefs.

In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, the plaintiff submits that she was at the material times interested to study or major in a Master of Business Administration with UNZA.

Around October 2019, she applied to UNZA for the purpose of being enrolled under the 100 percent online MDA in Entrepreneurship programme.

“By an email from the University’s administration dated October 22 2019, the plaintiff was advised that she needed to pay an application fee and submit scanned copies of academic documents,” the document read.

She submits that she tendered in the required documents and through a letter dated November 1, 2019, she was duly accepted after a careful review of her application.

On March 16, 2020, the school informed the plaintiff that Entrepreneurship programme had not reached the minimum number of students required to be opened for March 2020 term.

“The plaintiff was given the option of choosing from four alternative MBA programmes; MBA General, MBA in Finance, MBA in Management Strategy, MBA in Project Management,” the document reads.

Alternately, she was asked to wait until May 2020 in the event the MBA Entrepreneurship reached the minimum students needed for the term.

Ms Mkangama opted to pursue the MBA in Management Strategies and paid for it over the years.

But towards the end of her programme, through an email sent by Hebrayo Harerimuna on April 22, 2022, she was told that some of her admission documents were missing and she needed to meet the requirements before being registered for her master’s thesis.

“Surprisingly, the communication saw the plaintiff being advised that she was required to submit an O’Level Certificate with five passed subjects, a position different from the communication given to her on October 22, 2019,” she submits.

Ms Mkangama submits that she was also asked to submit O Level records or equivalent for international students which she duly submitted and was advised that her application was successful.

But she later learnt that the institution would not confer the necessary attained qualifications on her despite successfully concluding her studies.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 14th March, 2023)


Ndola teacher dragged to court for alleged rape on pupil



A Ndola teacher has been dragged to court for allegedly sexually abusing a grade 11 pupil at a school he teaches.

David Kunda aged 31 is alleged to have lured the victim to his office where he sexually abused her.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 28th, this year at around 21:00 hours at the school premises.

When the matter came up for before Ndola magistrate Brian Simachela, Kunda denied the accusations.

It is alleged that on the material date, the victim had gone to accused’s office to call her parents.

It was heard that after the call, when the pupil wanted to walk out from the office, Kunda allegedly locked the door and raped her.

The victim then reported the incident to other teachers the following day.

However, after denying the allegations, the matter was adjourned to December 14th for commencement of trial.

Before it’s adjournment, advocate representing the accused , Kenneth Tembo applied for bail pending trial.

Magistrate Simachela granted bail of K25,000 in accused’s own recognisance and ordered that he also bring two working surieties from well known institutions.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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LAZ strongly condemns brutal attack on Its member at High Court



THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has condemned the thuggery and barbaric behavior that unfolded at the High Court yesterday, where a lawyer, Linus Eyaa, was physically attacked by aggrieved members of the public.

In a statement LAZ president Lungisani Zulu said the Association has established that Mr Eyaa was merely discharging his role as a Legal Practitioner in line with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 30 of the Laws of Zambia, when he met the unfortunate fate, from an opposing group in the case involving Money Grow Cooperative.

He reminded members of the public of the critical role lawyers play in the development of society, in line with every lawyer’s statutory mandate.

Mr Zulu said acts of physical violence against members of the legal profession are inimical to the advancement of the public interest, which lawyers advance.

He said lawyers have always stood and continue to stand on the side of society, even offering pro bono services to indigents.

“That the unfortunate incident happened in the precincts of the High Court, which are considered as a “holy ground of justice” makes the incident more distressing and any efforts by any citizens to take the law into their own hands deserves condemnation in the strongest terms, by all well-meaning citizens,” he said.

Mr Zulu has since commended police for its quick action in saving the lawyer.

“We are happy to also learn that six suspects of the violence have since been arrested by Kabwata. Police and now await subsequent court appearance to answer for their irresponsible actions,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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Justice for girl killed by 10 dogs starts



A FARM director whose 10 vicious dogs mauled a 13-year-old girl to death has been charged with manslaughter and appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

Last month, Shim Yaming’s dogs attacked and killed Sharon Banda, 13, who is the daughter of the accused’s person’s farm worker who lives within the ranch.

The incident happened around 05:00 hours when the victim went outside to use the toilet only to be attacked by the vicious beasts belonging to Shi of New Kasama.

Police visited the scene and discovered the dead body of the girl lying on the ground with multiple dog bites all over the body.
The victim’s father Allan Banda, 43, a poultry man at the farm, told police that his daughter was bitten and died on the spot as she sustained deep cuts all over her body.
Shi, 40, was later detained and slapped with the offence of reckless and negligent act and police later terminated some of the dogs which attacked the girl.

Yesterday, the accused appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court charged with manslaughter.

Allegations are that on November 8 this year, Shi did cause the death of Sharon.
The case was allocated to magistrate Mwandu Sakala.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is supposed to issue a committal later so that the accused in the matter is taken to the High Court for trial since the offence he is facing can only be tried in a higher court.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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