Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda (right) and Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) General Secretary Roy Mwaba
Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda

Lecturers at the Copperbelt University have resolved to go back to work unconditionally.

This follows negotiations between Union members representing academic staff and government this afternoon.

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda says the Ministry of Education will however address the concerns raised by the lectures using normal channels.

Mr Shamenda announced this to journalists at a Press briefing this afternoon.

Union representative , Mwiya Songolo says the workers have resolved to go back to work in the interest of the nation.

And Education Minister Michael Kaungu will on Friday hold a press briefing where he will announce the date for the re-opening of the University.

The Copperbelt University was closed last month after lecturer went on strike demanding the resignation of the university vice chancellor Naison ngoma and the entire CBU management.

And UNZA Management has dispelled speculations that it is in support of the decision made by the University of Zambia Lecturers and Reserachers Union -UNZALARU to withhold students results, until a road map on how to dismantle debt owed to the lecturers is agred upon.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Enala Mwase says she is not part of the lecturers decision.

Professor Mwase says her interest is to see that all the issues are resolved amicably.

Professor Mwase said this through University of Zambia Public Relations and International Liaison Manager Damaseke Chibale.

On Wednesday, UNZALARU President Dr. Euston Chiputa says lectures at the institution had resolved to withhold the student’s results until a roadmap to clear the 320 million Kwacha debt owed to them is agreed upon.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Good that this has been resolved without the President getting publicly involved. This is the type of culture we need to build. Not every issue or solution should entail the involvement of the president. A lot of things can be resolved outside the presidency. Why have ministers if they can resolve issues affecting their ministries.. Great work guys and Kudos for the president for staying out of this one despite many tempting calls from the obvious quarters

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  2. It was kambwili with his threats who agrivated the situation . The old politics of threats is long gone. I don’t know why we still have thugs and rail sleepers thieves as cabinet ministers .

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    • Those were not threats iwe. Your stoopid lecturers had to be reminded that they were wasting the nation’s time with their ILLEGAL strike. Probably, you also do not know that there exists no clause ANYWHERE in their contracts that states that “the lecturers can and will fire or hire management….”
      If CBU can have such stooooopid Dons , what more their products?

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  3. Mar tall l’ay year null ba fee colour. You needed dismissals ba pompwe imwe

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  4. After kambwili threatened the lecturers. I felt it was time for the president to reign in his dogs. It’s good cbu will open.

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  5. Finally separation of powers. The Whole presidency sat this one out. It shall annoy a certain FDD president, and her Cousin in UPND; plus his new pimp vice president.

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    • @Nzelu,
      PF was just worried that the students had almost joined the opposition. Too bad for Cornerstone University lecturers as the jobs promised by their former student Kambwili have evaporated. He thought it was payback time for the A+s he was getting.
      Kaingu, announce date for re-opening please.

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  6. ECL has no time for solving issues apart from travelling in and outside the country. Next week his off to botswana and wen he comes back to Solwezi to commission a Nursery school. And you say leadership coz he had no clue how to solve the crisis at CBU and UNZA.

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  7. Going back to classes in the interest of the nation, claims Mwiya Songolo the Union representative. Whom are you cheating imwe ba PhD? With all those PhDs didn’t you know that? You just feared to be thrown on the street. Or realized the senseless demands that you were making would not take you anywhere.

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  8. In my view the lecturers have lost it. You can’t fight govt no matter how small they look. The reasons presented were not good enough to fire management. Don’t start a fight with someone who has 5 stones while you only have 1. Well done govt for not adhered to such blackmail.

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  9. LUNGU FAILED TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE AND THE IMPASSE CONTINUES TO EXIST. THE LECTURERS WILL NOT GO BACK UNTIL MANAGEMENT RESIGNS. THIS IS A SPIN AND MANAGEMENT WILL ACT IN CAPACITY AND SILENTLY RECUSE THEMSELVES FROM THIER FUNCTION. THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME WHEN GOVERNMENTS ARE TRYING TO SAVE FACE. THE LECTURERS WON AND FINALLY THEY HAVE LUNGUS ATTENTION. THE SAD THING IS THAT THE TIME THE STUDENTS HAVE LOST WILL NEVER BE RECOVERED. NOW IT WILL TAKE MONTHS BEFORE OPERATIONS ARE BACK TO NORMAL. ” UNCONDITIONALLY RESOLVE TO GO BACK TO WORK?”. KEKEKEKEKE WE KNOW THE TOUCH OF SPIN. FACT IS MANAGEMENT HAS AND WILL RESIGN ATMOST 3 MONTHS. KEKEKEKEKE

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    • Thanks for showing your upper limits in understanding management and labour laws. Simply stated, the lecturers have shown us how ignorant they are in contractual obligations. They are neither contracted to hire or fire the institution’s management but they went ahead on an illegal strike and wasted the nation’s time. Yet you praise them? You make a good example of an imbecile.
      Imagine you have a son, he decides to go on a hunger strike demanding that he also has a taste of your wife’s ntwenu. 6 days later, he comes to his senses & apologizes ‘unconditionally’. Would you praise h8m to have won the fight?

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  10. IT’S VERY EASY TO BLAME THE LECTURERS FOR THE POSITION AND ACTION THEY TOOK TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THIER GRIEVANCES. WHEN LEFT WITH NO CHOICE THEY HAD TO STAND TOGETHER AND FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION. THEY DON’T ENJOY DOING THIS EITHER BUT KAINGU AND LUNGU AND EVENTUALLY KAMBWILI LEFT THEM NO CHOICE. FOR THE RECORD A COLLECTIVE WORK STOPPAGE TO MANY IS NOT CONSIDERED AN ILLEGAL STRIKE. WHEN NEGOTIATIONS FAIL THE PEOPLE ONLY HAVE ONE MEANS TO FORCE GOVERNMENT TO LISTEN. GET TOGETHER AND MAKE THEM LISTEN. YES THE LECTURERS AND THE COMMON PEOPLE WON.

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    • Mr Loadist, stop forking out your own dull explanation to what is plain. Describe a strike: A collective work stoppage to air out a grievance after negotiations have failed. There was no negotiation, lecturers demanded the firing of management. They also demanded to be the ones conducting the hiring of new management. On 17th Aug, they are giving back to work with their win? Go and have your head checked.
      What I congratulate the lecturers on is having come to their senses as well as having listened to the voice of wisdom. Chapwa!!!

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  11. Zambians lets just work. Our attitude towards work is extremely bad. Lecturers shamenda wouldn’t have spared you

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  12. I look forward to the day when ministers such as kambwili will not be in government. This reminds me of Peter Daka when Rupiah Banda was president. ………peter alikulile umutwe namatole

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  13. …..too early to celebrate…da situation shall still remain volatile…imagine working with and reporting to someone you were up in arms with…someone you publicly denounced, despised, called names…eish…
    …any genuine disciplinary action taken against any lectures shall be construed as ‘hit back’ and lectures shall arise again sending students parking again….

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  14. The public is naive. After letting the whole nation know that they were not scared of being fired and dared govt to fire them if it so wished you honestly think lecturers can go back to teach unconditionally without any undisclosed agreements with the ministers? The statements issued are only for public relations purposes for government to save face. watch this space…. you will see what will begin to happen before the university reopens!!!

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    • if nobody is disciplined, investigated by law enforcement agencies, forced on leave, suspended and prosecuted, government will be embarrassed. Lecturers have too much data that implicates many people in the university council and government. I like the wisdom they have used…. giving the ministers enough rope to hang themselves.

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  15. I also do not believe the unconditionality of the call off; especially that the Minister on the other hand has admitted that there is still something to resolve! How can we believe the unconditionality story, even if it is for the interest of the nation, as stated by the Union man – withouth changes to conditions that caused the problems? Were they just playing??????????????????????

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