Mulungushi University accidents attributed to inadequate accommodation
Kabwe, Feb 23/13, ZANIS ————Students at Mulungushi University main campus in Kapiri Mposhi, have expressed concern over the continued number of road accidents in which several students and general public have died in the proximity of their learning institution.
The students’ concern follows the recent accidents that have been witnessed at the Mulugushi University Main Campus’ main gate area, which is situated along the ever-busy Great North Road.
Numerous accidents have been recorded on the area involving students at the renowned university, pupils from nearby schools and the general public in the area.
Apparently, this Monday, an accident was witnessed involving a University student, Juliet Mumba, who is said to have been hit by a vehicle and is reported to be still hospitalised after sustaining injuries from the accident.
And the most recent accident in the seemingly haunted area occurred on Thursday around 21:45hrs and left a man dead on the spot who is yet to be identified but only known by the name of Mumbulu.
Speaking to ZANIS through their Mulungushi Students Union [MUSU] Secretary General, Cletus Chimbalani, the students attributed the calamities to lack of appropriate accommodation facilities at the campus, forcing students to seek accommodation outside the learning institution.
“If the on-going erection of a four story hostel and other projects pertaining to accommodation facilities can be completed, then we would at least abate the current loss of lives that is being witnessed here.” said Mr. Chimbalani.
The students also expressed fear that the University’s Masiye Campus is likely to be closed as the rented premises by the university have been allegedly sold off to a private quarry business firm in Kabwe.
And another student, Chrispin Mulenga, appealed to government to help fund the institution for the completion of the on-going rehabilitation works at the university which were allegedly started at inception on January 1, 2008.
“The increase in the students’ population entails an increase in the demand of accommodation and infrastructural development but that is currently not the case here,” said Mr Mulenga.
The students suggested construction of a foot bridge as a way of avoiding accidents at the campus premises.