JUST what is wrong with the Copperbelt University, the second highest learning institution?
The 2015/2016 academic calendar has been rough if not the worst. First it was the lecturers and researchers who downed tools demanding the removal of Professor Naison Ngoma -the Vice Chancellor and his management team.
The work stoppage dragged on for over 2 months to no avail as the man (Pro Ngoma) came back from forced leave and they had a “reconciliatory” service with members of staff and students. Then just as soon as the lecturers resumed work, students went on class boycott demanding payment of meal and other allowances.
President Lungu during his recent visit to the Copperbelt to grace the 100 years of existence of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) warned students not to be used by politicians to cause confusions.
But is it true that some politicians are behind the riotous behaviour of the students? Certainly it is not that someone somewhere is not doing his work. I am told nearly all the suppliers to the institution have not been paid for over two months, is there a politician involved? Certainly not.
The problems at CBU can’t be solved by the President or the Minister of Higher Education. It is an internal matter. Government should just pay the students what is due to them and there shall be peace.
The arrest of 80 students will not help matters but may just worsen the situation. The lecturers know what is the root cause of this and hence their concern needs to be looked into with the urgency it deserves.
Even the salaries are delayed, is it political? Certainly not. Can someone do his homework and bring sanity at CBU.