UNIVERSITY of Zambia (UNZA) Vice Chancellor Stephen Simukanga and three other principal officers have resigned from their positions.
The others are UNZA registrar Kavwanga Yambayamba, Bursar Barbara Sampa and chief librarian Vitalicy Chifwepa
Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education permanent secretary, Dr Patrick Nkanza said deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Enala Mwase will in the meantime be acting Vice Chancellor, while positions of registrar, university librarian and bursar would be filled with officers to be appointed to act in the positions.
Last week, University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU), called for the resignation of Pofessor Simukanga, Mr Yambayamba, Ms Sampa and chief librarian Vitalicy Chifwepa to resign.
UNZALARU accused the principal officers of paying themselves gratuity and pensions when the lecturers had been on go-slow because of lack of financial resources at the institution of higher learning.
UNZALARU General secretary Jason Mwanza said four principal officers, Professor Simukanga inclusive, have allegedly been paid gratuities and pension dues outside the university policy.
The policy at UNZA is that gratuity and pension dues should be paid on the “first-in, first-out” rule whereby members of staff need to wait for their time regardless of one’s position.
However, the quartet was allegedly paid their dues when other members of staff have not been paid for as many years as 10 years.
Dr Nkanza said the academic and administrative functions have restored in particular the examination processes would start tomorrow.
He said the Ministry of Education would work with all stakeholders to address the problems facing the institutions especially the problem associated with accrued contractual obligations.
“The ministry is committed to a process of continuous dialogue with the management and all staff unions of the university in order to seek and deliver solutions to the problems that could hinder the academic and administrative life of the university. In this process, all parties share the common objective of a credible university, with motivated academic and administrative staff, contributing to the development of human resources for the advancement of our country” said Prof Nkanza.