THE University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) has maintained that its members will not release examination results for the 2014/15 academic year until Government pays them K320 million it owes them and other workers.
The lecturers are demanding the payment of outstanding allowances, gratuity and benefits for retired employees before releasing the results.
UNZALARU President Euston Chiputa said the lecturers would not release the results as long as there was no clarity on their demands.
Speaking during UNZA radio’s programme dubbed “Lusaka Star,” Dr Chiputa observed that there was no progress on the part of government to release the K320 million which it owed the lecturers and other workers.
He said it was shocking that Education Minister Michael Kaingu had continued changing goal posts.
Dr Chiputa said Government’s delay to settle the arrears was frustrating, stating the money owed to the workers was slowly losing value.
Meanwhile, Copperbelt University Academic Union (CBUAU) General Secretary Elaston Njovu has said Education Minister Michael Kaingu’s decision to dissolve the Copperbelt Council was a step in a right direction, adding that the council had completely failed to run the affairs of the university community.
And Mr Njovu has advised Dr Kaingu to consider suspending the appointment of Vice Chancellor Naison Ngoma in order for the substantive council to investigate his alleged failure to run CBU.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Njovu said the former CBU council which was disbanded on Friday was not beneficial to the university community.
“In as far as the University affairs were concerned, the council was biased in its operations. The council was being controlled by CBU top management,” Mr Njovu said.
He said governance and policy implementation of the University Community was always biased towards management.
Mr Njovu said the CBU council had been breaching the University Act which stated that the council shall act in the best interest of the University Community.
“They were saving the interest of management and management was supervising them instead of the other way round,” he said.
Mr Njovu said the council was an employer and there was no way management could have been supervising them.
He advised the newly appointed caretaker council to work in the interest of the University Community.
“We hope that the new caretaker council will work within the interest of the University Community,” Mr Njovu said.
And Mr Njovu said the Minister of Education should be reminded that it was not the duty of the caretaker council to look into the issues raised by the academics union on Prof Ngoma.
He said the caretaker union had no mandate to investigate Prof Ngoma unless a substantive council was appointed.
Mr Njovu said allegations raised against Prof Ngoma were very serious, adding that they needed to be addressed by him (Dr Kaingu).
He said he found it very annoying that Dr Kaingu could direct the caretaker council to investigate Prof Ngoma.
“It is the duty of the minister to relieve Prof Ngoma of his duties so that he could be investigated properly,” he said.
Mr Njovu said lecturers did not want Prof Ngoma and his management to continue running the affairs of the University Council.
“We need a new management team which would run the affairs of the University Community,” he said.