Kasungu North East member of Parliament (MP) Rodgers Sithole (independent) has offered to pay school fees for police shooting victim Humphrey Jere Junior.
Chatoloma Police shot Jere, 14, at Mbapapi Private Secondary School on November 25 2016 as students protested against management’s decision to give them cabbage for relish.
Both Sithole and the victim’s family confirmed the assistance in separate interviews yesterday.
Said Sithole: “As an MP and director of the school, I have the welfare of the student at heart. I wish to contribute towards the cost of educating the boy.”
He also disclosed that the management will not impose penalties and fines on students who took part in the stoning of classrooms, recreation hall and teachers’ houses.
The student’s father, Humphreys Jere Senior, commended the gesture.
But he said the student’s return to school will depend on the assurance the family will get from the management on safety and security of their son.
“We really appreciate his goodwill. But we are yet to make a decision on whether he should go back to the same school or not,” he said. n