The New Generation Party, NGP, has called on striking University of Zambia, UNZA, lecturers to reconsider their position and resume work.
Party President, Humphrey Siulapwa, says there is need for lecturers to go back to work as their action is likely to impact negatively on the academic welfare of the of students at the highest learning institution.
Speaking in Lusaka today at a media briefing, Mr. Siulapwa said he expected lecturers to understand the effects of the current global economic crisis on Zambia’s economy.
He suggested that lecturers suspend their action until when the national economy stabilises in view f the global recession.
He said workers in the country should learn to sacrifice, adding that most governments and organizations in the world are reducing costs in order to cope with the global economic recession.
Mr. Siulapwa said his party will not sympathise with lecturers that will fail to report to work as directed by government, should disciplinary action be taken against them.
He added that the law stipulates that any public service worker is liable for dismiss is he stays away from work for 10 consecutive days.
He, further, warned that young people in the country will not sit back to watch unjustified work stoppages at the expense of their welfare.[quote]
UNZA lecturers have been on strike demanding improved conditions of service, and government has responded by offering them a 5 per cent pay rise.
And The New Generation Party has advised politicians to desist from politics of insults for the sake of national posterity.
NGP President, said that the heightened levels of politics of insults and disrespect among politicians is likely to affect the country’s good governance system.
He said there is need for persons aspiring for presidency to respect the incumbent office of the President for it to be dignified.
He explained that good governance can only be achieved through mutual understanding and tolerance which he said were lacking in the country despite it been the corner stone for development and prosperity.
Mr. Suilapwa has charged that the United Party for National Development, UPND, and the Patriotic Front, PF, pact has nothing to offer but create confusion on the political scene.
He said to this effect his party is not threatened saying the pact is bound to fail due to the difference in ideologies and manifestos between the two parties.
Mr. Suilapwa, further, stressed that it will be difficulty for the two parties to bring their ideas together as the UPND believes in a democratic system of governance and also has some of its members attending the National Constitution Conference, NCC, while the PF has a different approach on the matter.
He further noted that the majority of Zambians want change than just removing the MMD from power, which he said was the major objective of the pact.