Copperbelt University
Copperbelt University

LECTURERS at the Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe say they will not hesitate to withdraw their labour if Government fails to act on their submissions to Government.

Copperbelt University Academic Union (CBUAU) General Secretary Elaston Njovu said lecturers submitted during the meeting last week that while they resumed work Government should investigate their concerns.

On Thursday, lecturers agreed to resume work after holding a meeting with Minister of Education Michael Kaingu and his counterpart for Labour Fackson Shamenda.

Mr Njovu said the union submitted to the Minister of Education that he should ensure that the four top senior managers at the institution are removed.

He named the top four managers as Vice Chancellor Naison Ngoma, his deputy Shadreck Chama, bursar Fanwell Musonda and the registrar Hellen Mukumba.

“We also submitted that the dismissal letters which were issued to lecturers by the Copperbelt University Council should be withdrawn. We submitted to the minister that the dismissal letters were misplaced because it was done contrary to the disciplinary charges of the council so we requested the letter to be withdrawn and no academic staff should be fired,” Mr Njovu said.

He revealed that during the meeting with the two ministers, the union submitted that Dr Mwiya Songolo should be restored to the CBU council.

“We have also submitted to the minister to give us a clear road map to ascertain when they will complete investigating allegations leveled against the top four managers,” Mr Njovu said.

He said the lecturers were expecting as soon as possible to hear from the minister the action he would take on their submissions.

Mr Njovu told Daily Nation that the lecturers would take necessary measures if Government failed to take action on their submissions.

“We want to believe that Government will take appropriate action on our submissions. And Government should trust us and we shall deliver,” he said.

Mr Njovu thanked Dr Kaingu and Mr Shamenda for being fair during the meeting.

He however accused the CBU council of bias and making wrong decisions when it issued dismissal letter to the academic staff.

Last month, the CBU was closed indefinitely by Dr Kaingu.

This was after lecturers at the institution downed tools for more than three weeks to push for the resignation of Professor Ngoma and the entire management for alleged failure to manage the institution.

Dr Kaingu further revoked the appointment of CBUAU president Dr Songolo to the University Council. On Friday, Dr Kaingu announced that CBU would reopen on August 17.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. And what will the people say you had time to clear the problem without disturbing anyone now you want to be given more time to clear the problem by disturbing others this like taking part in an election which is fraud then not accepting the results saying you knew the results will be fraud but I was testing the system in Africa thing don’t work like that you fight to the end no stopping settle for something not promises you are dealing with a govement which is politically sensitive now that election are near plus they are broke let’s wait and see

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  2. We were told that lecturers are going back to work unconditionally, now what’s this.
    Is there anything this govt will say without lying.

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  3. “RESOLVED TO GO BACK TO WORK UNCONDITIONALLY. …” KEKEKEKE. THIS IS NOT OVER THE RIPPLES ARE ALREADY REACHING THE SHORELINE. BACK IN THE DAY WHEN WE WATCHED ” BAD SPENCER” MOVIES WE WOULD SAY ” NDE NDE NDE NDEEEE! MA DANGER!” LET THE MANEUVERS BEGIN.

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  4. You Lecturers why do you want to take things for granted?Are you the only ones who are important in this country?All of us are workers that is teachers,nurses,to mention but a few but we are not groaning we are just patient with the government as it is addressing our concerns.But you are like pigs who keep on groaning.Matako yanu monse malecturer pa CBU

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  5. You lecturers why do you want to take things for granted?Are you the only ones who are important?All of us are important that is teachers,nurses to mention but a few but you keep on groaning like pigs.Do you know that it is not easy to get these jobs once you lose them?we are all patient with the government as it is addressing our concerns.Matako yanu

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  6. You lecturers why do you take things for granted?Are you the only ones who are important?All of us are equally important.but you keep on groaning like pigs give the government time and be patient as it is addressing your concerns.Do you know that it is not easy to get these jobs once you lose them?

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  7. Id!0ts – so to ensure we get what we want, let’s start strike action. What a work of shear brilliance!

    If the dismissal letters are withdrawn, then I sincerely hope that those 3 weeks they were on strike will be taken as unpaid leave.

    If you don’t like you employers leave and look for jobs elsewhere! Simples

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