Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu has castigated Copperbelt University (CBU) workers for snubbing him and some officials from State House who wanted to have a meeting with them following their protests over delayed December salaries and demands to have the vice chancellor fired.
Mr. Mpundu said he does not take pleasure in people who do not respect readership and will therefore ensure that those promoting lawlessness and indiscipline are punished.
Speaking to journalists after the failed meeting yesterday, Mr. Mpundu said CBU workers missed a chance to have their grievances heard by representatives from the President’s office.
He said the team from State House and his office were ready to listen to the concerns of the workers and provide solutions to their problems.
And Mr. Mpundu has charged that he will not leave any stone unturned in dealing with those who want to take the law into their hands.
He said he has a responsibility of ensuring law and order in the district.
Mr. Mpundu has since urged the CBU workers to be patient and considerate over delays in their salaries saying government faces challenges in availing funds for such payments.
Earlier in the morning, Copperbelt University workers locked up the office of the vice chancellor Naison Ngoma demanding that he resigns for failing to run the institution.
The workers, comprising of lecturers and other staff, accused Professor Ngoma of dictatorial tendencies in his style of leadership which they said had affected operations of the institution.
Speaking on behalf of the all CBU workers’ unions, Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU) president, Derrick Ntalasha said the workers will continue with their peaceful protests until Prof. Ngoma steps down as vice chancellor.
And when contacted for a comment, Prof. Ngoma said it was unfortunate that workers have not thought of dialoguing before staging a protest.
He said every institution has challenges hence dialogue was the only way to resolve issues.
He described accusations against him as baseless.
Meanwhile, the CBU lecturers have started receiving their December 2017 salaries.