- Bwalya Katongo graduated from the University of Zambia in 2014 but had never been able to secure a job due to unemployment
- He regretted spending four years in the university only to come and sell charcoal to be able to provide for his family
- The father of two graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Library and Information Studies in 2014
- The news of Katongo becoming lieutenant was celebrated by internet users who were proud of him
A University of Zambia graduate who had turned to selling charcoal to make a living due to lack of employment has finally been commissioned as Lieutenant.
Bwalya Katongo lamented the unemployment rate, saying he regretted spending four years in the university only to become a charcoal seller.
Following an interview with Zambian journalist Kennedy Gondwe in June 2020, the Zambia Air Force offered Katongo a job and training.
On Friday, July 30, the father of two was one of the officers commissioned by President Edgar Lungu. He is now Lieutenant Katongo.
Katongo, a father of two, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Library and Information Studies in 2014 and was not proud of his work.
Selling charcoal out of desperation
Speaking during the interview with Gondwe, the father of two said his decision to start selling charcoal resulted from desperation and the need to provide for his family.
"Sometimes I even feel shy to show that I sell charcoal... but at the end of the day it is circumstances beyond my control. For me to sell this charcoal it means I have outstreched my hands.
The news of Katongo becoming lieutenant was celebrated by Gondwe's fans and followers, who flocked the comment section to congratulate him.
Internet users congratulate new lieutenant
Kabuswe Musonda wrote:
"This is an excellent use of the power of the Media. Well done Gondwe."
Mumbo Lombe wrote:
"Positive media coverage, well done Ba Gondwe. Life touching and changing journalism. Bwalya Katongo, well done and all the best."
Chrispine Mulima wrote:
"This is what it means to use social media positively. Not otherwise keep up the good work, Kennedy Gondwe."
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