CBU lecturers backpedal


UNIONISED lecturers at the Copperbelt University (CBU) have resolved to resume work with immediate effect.

Copperbelt University Academics Union (CUAU) secretary general Elaston Njovu, who confirmed to Daily Nation, said lecturers resolved to report back for work at 14:00 hours yesterday

On Tuesday, Higher Education Michael Kaingu threatened striking Copperbelt University lecturers with dismissals without benefits if they did not return to work by Friday.

Dr Kaingu warned that Government would not allow the lecturers to hold it to ransom.

Mr Njovu said the general membership resolved to resume work after a meeting which lasted for over three hours.

He described the situation as calm and added that everyone had been informed of the decision to resume to work after a general meeting.

“We discussed a number of issues during the meeting and we have decided to resume work not because of the ultimatum which was given by the minister but we love our students,” he said.

Mr Njovu said the lecturers decided to move on because they realised that the minister did not handle that matter very well.

He said the meeting was convened by the national executive committee of the union.

“…It is the general membership of lectures which resolved to resume work with immediate effect,” he said.

And commenting on the lecturers concerns, Mr Njovu said the union had not forgotten about them. He said the union would look for other channels of airing their grievances to the Minister of Education.

Mr Njovu said lecturers realised that they loved their students hence their resolve to resume work.

He said the decision was not arrived at as a result of the ultimatum given by the education minister.

The lecturers were demanding the dismissal of their Vice Chancellor Nason Ngoma.

Professor Ngoma was sent on forced leave but has since been reinstated.

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