The University Of Zambia (UNZA) management has warned traders to avoid duplicating the new patented graduation gowns. The University Of Zambia (UNZA) management has warned gown traders to avoid duplicating the new patented graduation gowns.
In an interview with Lusaka star, UNZA Public Relations officer Stanslous Chewe said management has patented the graduation gowns to curb unauthorised reproduction.
Mr Chewe said the general pattern of the undergraduate gowns has been changed and the official logo slightly altered.
He stressed that over the years, the graduation gowns have undergone extensive reproduction abuse by unauthorised dealers.
He added that being the sole owner of the logo, UNZA would bring sanity in the use of the logo on products.
Mr. Chewe stated that during the coming graduation ceremony, all the graduating students would strictly be required to purchase gowns from authorised dealers contracted to sell by UNZA management.
He said business persons who engage in illegal duplication will be prosecuted if they are found wanting.
Meanwhile, Small Scale Businessman Simon Mukupa who has been reproducing and supplying graduation gowns to the University of Zambia graduating students expressed sadness towards the development.
Mr Mukupa said the development is a setback on his business as he previously made money by selling gowns at K 200 each.
And Third Year UNZA Student Haggie Kankinza has commended management for intervening because the gown traders used to exploit students with hiked prices during the graduation period.
“Many unauthorised sellers bring their low quality gowns and sell them to students at the same price as the standard quality, sometimes even higher. Since the gowns are readily available, the students are left with no option but to purchase them due to desperation,” she said.