Forum for Democracy and Development spokesperson Antonio Mwanza stresses a point during the meeting to demand for the release of the draft Zambian constitution
Forum for Democracy and Development spokesperson Antonio Mwanza stresses a point during the meeting to demand for the release of the draft Zambian constitution

The opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has requested for a forensic audit of University of Zambia (UNZA) to ascertain if funds have been misapplied at the institution.

And the opposition political party has called on government to restructure UNZA management and administration in order to address the challenges the highest learning institution is currently going through.

FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has told QFM News that there is also need to review the University of Zambia Act to suit the current education situation and demands.

Mr. Mwanza states that the current problems at UNZA require urgent attention before the problems are blown out of proportion.

He notes that all the past governments have failed to resolve the perennial funding challenges at the University of Zambia.

The FDD Spokesperson has also advised UNZA management to find other sources of funding so as not to affect students and not entirely depend on government for funding.

And the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has welcomed the resignation of the top leaders at the University of Zambia (UNZA).

Yesterday, UNZA Chancellor Professor Stephen Simukanga, UNZA Registrar Dr. Kavwanga Yambayamba, UNZA Librarian Dr. Viatalicy Chifwepa and the UNZA Bursar Barbra Sampa stepped down.

But YALI President Andrew Nthewewe says the stepping down of the top executive was morally correct citing that amidst the challenges that the highest learning institution is facing, they did not act in a manner that conforms to leadership ethics.

Mr. Nthewewe says it is a good professor Simukanga and his colleagues realize that they have failed in terms of leadership.

He however notes that their resignation does not bring to the end the challenges that UNZA is facing but that government should be more programmatic in solving the challenges at the university.

Meanwhile UPND Lubwa ward councilor Chisankama Mudenda says the resignation of the executive at UNZA indicates that the university and the country as a whole is in a serious crisis citing that the country has never witnessed what has happened at the university.

Mr. Mudenda points out that the situation clearly shows that the Patriotic Front government has failed in the area of education.

He says the stepping down of the top officials also entails that the university is collapsing and needs urgent attention to save it from collapsing.

Mr. Mudenda further states that people are beginning to get discouraged with the PF’s type of leadership.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. 1. What is the retirement age at unza imwe sure… ??? People still holding on to lecture jobs even when they retired 10 years ago…
    When Will the young take over!??

    2. Promote gender equality in management positions (empower women). And If I were government or unza top brass, I would appoint Beatrice from Education as vice chancellor.

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  2. ANNUAL AUDITS ARE UP TO DATE WHAT IS NEEDED IS A BUSINESS STRATEGY FOR UNZA TO ENABLE THE INSTITUTION BECOME LESS DEPENDENT ON GOVERNMENT. HOW COME ZAMBIA OPEN UNIVERSITY, UNILU AND MULUNGUSHI DO NOT REQUEST FOR FEDERAL FUNDING? AND YET UNZA HAS MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE?

    I SMELL A RAT. THERE IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING WRONG AT UNZA

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  3. Please chisankamana, If you have no sensible comment to put forward, just keep your mouth shut. Resigning when one fails his people is ultimate in any governance, be it headman or indeed up to presidency. Why should the PF be responsible for the reasons as why the learned university employees left their positions?
    The good question asked is, How are other places like ZICCAS, the MULUNGUSHI, RUSANGU able without government feeding therm in all ways?

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