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High Court nullifies UNZALARU dissolution

General News High Court nullifies UNZALARU dissolution

The Lusaka High Court has nullified the decision of the Labour Commissioner to terminate the Recognition Agreement between the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers’ Union and the school Management.

The Court has also directed UNZA Management to forthwith comply with the provisions of the Recognition Agreement.

It has further ordered the losing parties to meet the legal costs incurred by the Union in prosecuting the matter.

This was in a case in which the Union had sued the Attorney General, in a representative capacity for the Labour Commissioner, and the University of Zambia Council.

UNZALARU General Secretary Kelvin Mambwe says in effect, the Court’s judgement means that the Union will revert to the pre-existing status quo, where it remains the legally recognized bargaining entity for University Lecturers and Researchers.

In a statement, Dr Mambwe says this is an important victory of which the Union is proud of without reservation or any feeling of conceit.

“I can’t withhold the excitement I have for winning the case against the abolishment of UNZALARU in the Lusaka High Court. It is gratifying to know that we still have decent judges in our judicial system,” Dr Mambwe said.

17 COMMENTS

    • We still have judges who are objective – bravo. I remember the statement from UNZARALU – “No normal person can vote for the PF government in view of crystal clear failure in all sectors”

    • Objective judges but the reporting is pathetic. The story needs a lot of meat. The judgement gave reasons and these should be given to us because after this the jedgement is a reference for other unions. Im sure the judge had his own opinions and these are what readers like to read.

  1. “I cannot withhold the excitement I have for winning the case…” So it was all a personal battle of one Kelvin Mambwe against UNZA Management and government? No wonder he was saying only *****s would vote for the PF if an election was presently held. We will wait to see how the courts will extract the legal costs from UNZA management and government on behalf of the union lawyers. Anyhow, any high court case is appealable. So better not for Kelvin Mambwe not to have an orgasmic feeling over the legal outcome, lest this turns out to be a case of coitus abruptus.

  2. What has spoiled the statement is the comment about decent judges, I don’t think he should have said that

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  3. This judgment goes to show what happens when some of the officers who hold very senior positions in government think with their mouths rather than heads.

  4. Was UNZARALU a very respected union(Union for intellectuals) in Zambia disbanded by the government on the guidance they gave the nation that no normal person can vote for the PF government in next years elections in view of the economic mismanagement of the country where inflation, exchange rate, reserves and non payment of salaries to various government institutions has set historic records

  5. Today I was listening to the new song by dandy crazy. It has not yet come out but he has given me a copy to review it for pf. The song is so good I drove around the fly over bridge twice in my range. The song is powerful mwebantu

  6. Today I was listening to the new song by dandy crazy. It has not yet come out but he has given me a copy to review it for pf. The song is so good I drove around the fly over bridge twice in my range. The song is powerful mwebantu . Kz

  7. Today I was listening to the new song by dandy crazy. It has not yet come out but he has given me a copy to review it for pf. The song is so good I drove around the fly over bridge twice in my range. The song is powerful mwebantu . Even upnd cadres will dance to it.

  8. This is a very very bad statement particularly when you say you “still have decent judges” the low levels of thinking in our country are alarming. Even for people that we think should be leading in reasonable robust debates have sunk so low. Judges cannot only be decent when you win the case. It is OK to celebrate the wining of a case but to add a statement like that am afraid that it is not only childish but contempt at its best.

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  9. Mr Mambwe, while it is your right to celebrate the winning of your case, it is a very bad way to indicate the your “winning shows that you still have decent judges”
    Whatever your profession is, this statement spoils all your celebrations. It is people like you Mr Mambwe who have contributed to this contaminated atmosphere of negative sentiments about our judiciary. Let us build our country and not destroy it.

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  10. The word decent refers to: generally acceptable standards, fair, good, suitable , competent ….
    The honour and respect of an institution or an individual is first expected to be seen and found in the particular object. If we behave in a manner not worthy of our calling or position, we are, ourselves disrespectful to the supposedly honourable institutions.
    The same goes to many of us who call ourselves Christians, while our deeds are against the teachings of the Bible. We dishonour and disfigure the image of God, the nation, institutions and ourselves when we do things that are unacceptable, wrong, offensive and corrupt while claiming to be doing our duty. Let us ensure we serve with diligence and honesty in all our capacities.

  11. Chendabusiku, please read Supreme Court judge Mumba Malila’s book CONTOURS OF A DEVELOPING JURISPRUDENCE and then you will know that indeed there are bad judges in the system. He writes that there are judgements being passed by some judicial officers that hv no foundation in common sense, law or judicial precedence. The foreword to the book is by the Chief Justice herself.

  12. Which ever way one looks at it, the statement by Dr. Mambwe is in bad taste. Does it mean if UNZALARU loses the next case where it is planning to take UNZA management to court for delayed contractual obligations then the judge (s) who will preside over the case will be deemed not decent in the eyes of Dr. Mambwe. Indeed, Dr Mambwe, as an academic that he is, should strive to raise the bar in the level of discourse in the country and not contribute towards contaminating the already poisoned political environment. Unfortunately, this is what happens when unprofessional academics openly take political sides.

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