Mwandi MP and MMD vice president Michael Kaingu
Mwandi MP Michael Kaingu

Minister of Education Michael Kaingu has told parliament that government is making every effort to ensure that the Copperbelt University, which was yesterday closed indefinitely, resumes classes as soon as possible.

Dr. Kaingu explained that government closed the university because its academic union rejected all requests and opportunities for dialogue and continued with lecturers’ illegal strike.

“Despite many attempts by the council and specific interventions by the chairman of the council to persuade the Copperbelt University academic union to resume classes to remove their threats, and to engage in dialogue, the Copperbelt University Academic Union refused to engage in dialogue,” Dr. Kaingu explained.

He said government was determined to ensure that the academic and administrative functions of the Copperbelt University were restored so that the institution can deliver on its mandate of providing qualified human resources for the development of the country.

The Minister of Education has since assured students that government will ensure that the closure is as short as possible.

He has also urged all students to keep calm and allow the council of the university to work towards the resolution of the issues which have disrupted the academic programmes.

Dr. Kaingu however disclosed that the school of medicine and the school of graduate studies at the university have not been affected by the closure.

He commended the academic and administrative staff of the two schools for their dedication to duty.

Dr. Kaingu said this when he delivered a ministerial statement to parliament following the indefinite closure of the Copperbelt University.

And in responding to Nalikwanda Member of Parliament Geoffrey Lungwangwa who wanted to know why he had referred the matter back to the council to resolve the problem after the matter had reached the minister who was the final authority, Dr. Kaingu said government wants to use the university council to resolve the matter through dialogue.

He regretted the inconvenience the closure will cause to students and their parents.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Just like the former first lady moved out from the Lodge…

    I mean rejecting all requests for dialogue…..lol.

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    • Bane ba PF, just admit that you have failed. How can you as Govt say your employees rejected all your requests for dialogue. That is a vote of no confidence right there. Everything under the Power Failure govt id coming to a halt

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    • This polygamous minister has no brain!i thought he was a doctor who should appreciates education!!! these appointments jameson was making mu bar will bring chaos in Zambia!!!… polygamous Kaingu is worst than Davis chama, because i personal understand Davies chama he was rejected by his polygamous tonga father so he ended using his mother`s surname chama, so his angers towards tongas can be forgiven..i understand,,,, but this minister kaingu, a doctor who hates education is more than shocking!!!

      signed Uncle ndobo

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    • Why is fake professor, Fake Dr, Naison Ngoma holding government to ransom. Why is this fake credentials holding man so important to PF? he didn’t even qualify for the job allegedly and was just appointed through the back door. These are academics, intellectuals. They cant be led by mediocrity.

      Allowances paid to students – wasted. Govt is denying 6000 potential voters (CBU Students) and their parents (bringing the number of potential voters up to 18 000) the right to an education. Use your brain Kaingu.

      Parents/guardians are frustrated by this. Imagine you send your child to school and take a deep breathe thinking fyapita only to be told to collect your child, find more transport money because they are being sent home without learning anything and we are in the 2nd half of the year.

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    • Esther Lungu did not go to CBU and now she is first lady. You are better off planning your life strategically than wasting your time at mediocre institutions of learning like CBU and Evelyn Hone College.

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  2. Another chimbwi no plan of a minister. recycled MMD failures are just there to elongate our suffering. Why didnt Lungu choose a better person

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  3. Kaingu, minister of what? My foot! Anyway this is zambia. Even orangutans can become ministers.

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  4. IT WILL NOT BE LONG BEFORE OTHER UNIONS JOIN THIS SITUATION AS A SIGN OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE ACADEMIC UNION. CLOSING THE UNIVERSITY IS A SURE SIGN OF FAILED LEADERSHIP. LUNGU IS THE PRESIDENT AND THE BUCK STOPS WITH HIM. THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO TAKE OVER THE EFFORTS TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE. REMEMBER HOW UNZA BROUGHT DOWN KAUNDA! THE MOMENT THIS SITUATION SPREADS TO OTHER LEARNING INSTITUTIONS CEASER SHALL FALL!!!! LIKE DOMINOES THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNANCE WILL CRUMBLE. LUNGU NEEDS TO ACT NOW. THIS IS A BAD SITUATION HE IS IGNORING.
    OKAY BA PF WAIT AND SEE.
    2016 IS COME.

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  5. What kind of dialigue does orangutan Kaingu and his fellow chimp Naison want??? First of all, they have succeeded to create agony among our children, and us parents….they have also schemed to remove acadameic union representation on the university council….and are now screaming dialogue…what kind of thinking is it???

    Here is the thing: Kaingu can close or re-open the university at his own accord, but academics will not teach still even if it takes a year to have Naison and one Chama out…unless Naison and Chama will teach the students….otherwise forget !!!!!

    Kaingu, and Naison and one Frederich Chama must evolve out of mediocrity by resigning otherwise forget about normal academic life at CBU…

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  6. I have always wondered why workers call other workers to resign when they themselves want to remain in the job. If you don’t like the guy be the first to go after all you claim you are intellectuals.

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  7. Can someone please enlighten me, what is the bone of contention between CBU lecturers and their vice chancellor?

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