LECTURERS at the Copperbelt University (CBU) have vowed not to work under vice-chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma because his management had no academic focus.
The lecturers have also advised Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu to be ready to pay them their benefits in full if he decided to give them letters of discharge.
CBU Academics Union (CBUAU) President Mwiya Songolo said his union would not work under the management of Prof Ngoma because it had no academic focus and had brought academic mediocrity at CBU.
Mr Songolo was speaking during a press briefing at CBU where he was reacting to Dr Kaingu’s statement that the vice-chancellor should report to duty with immediate effect and that if the lecturers did not report for work by Friday, they would automatically discharge themselves and would not get any benefits from Government.
The CBUAU chief said Prof Ngoma and his management had no academic focus and so the union shall not work under his management because of its desire to uphold academic excellence.
“As academicians, we will continue to do research and perform administrative duties as usual we will carry on with the go-slow. Prof Ngoma and his management have no academic focus and we shall not work his management. Doing so is accepting mismanagement of the CBU.
“Ours is to uphold academic excellence. Therefore, there shall never be co-existence between us, as lecturers and Prof Ngoma as Vice-Chancellor,” Mr Songolo said.
And commenting on Dr Kaingu’s warning statement, Mr Songolo said the moment the minister will give lecturers discharge letters, he should also be ready to pay each one of them.
“The Minister said that if we do not report for work by Friday, we will automatically discharge ourselves and we will not get any benefits from government. There is never such a thing like automatically discharging yourself. The moment he decides to give us discharge letters, he should also be ready to pay each one of us, our benefits.
“Failure to do that, the CBU will have to pay every ngwee with interests effective Friday, 30th October 2015. Come Friday, after receiving the discharge letters, we should respect each other’s decision.
Fighting should come to an end. We go our way and the minister should remain with Prof Ngoma and his management to continue mismanaging the CBU.
He said that would give time to the Police to do productive work unlike getting them to camp at CBU all the time,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr Kaingu has warned University of Zambia students against illegal demonstrations or face dismissal and lose their bursaries.
Dr Kaingu told parliament yesterday that he had listed some students who were earmarked for dismissal following an illegal strike but that he acted in spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness and decided not go ahead.
He however warned that he still had a list and would not hesitate to dismiss them if they continued demonstrating.
Dr Kaingu said anyone who would go ahead with the demonstrations even after issuing a ministerial statement, he would go ahead and actualise his earlier decision.
Earlier, Dr Kaingu said a small number of students had taken it upon themselves to disrupt the normal operations of the university and the lives of the ordinary Zambians in the vicinity of the university.
“The reason that they have given for this unacceptable behaviour is that they seek upward adjustment on the allowances that the government provides to students supported by the bursaries committee,” Dr Kaingu said.