Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu has alleged that the burning of his lodge in Choma was an act of arson. Speaking at a Media briefing in Lusaka today, Dr Kaingu said that he wants the police to investigate the matter in which Kozo lodge, which belongs to the Kaingu family, was recently burnt to ashes.
Dr kaingu said that he suspects the fire was started by political activists in the area who do not want him to work with the PF government.
Dr Kaingu said that the burning is both tribal and political.
Dr Kaingu said that the business was built over a period of 18 years and the torching of the place was shameful.
Dr Kaingu further said that there was no way a small fire can burn all the rooms at the lodge, before adding that the fire was properly organized to torch all the rooms.
Meanwhile, Dr Kaingu has appealed to the Copperbelt University (CBU) lecturers to be patient as Government is studying recommendations from the interim council.
Dr Kaingu says his Ministry cannot make any decision hastily without consulting relevant stakeholders. The Minister said this following CBU lecturer’s threats of going on strike.
Dr Kaingu said he should not be held at ransom over the matter as he was seeking to make a decision that will be favorable to all parties involved.
Dr said he could not stop the CBU lecturers from going on go-slow but that the action will lead to a closure of the university by themselves.