LECTURERS at the Copperbelt University (CBU) have demanded that Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu provides a specified period of closure for the CBU and the University of Zambia (UNZA) failure to which, they will seek judicial review in the courts of law.
Copper belt University Academic Union (CBUAU) president Mwiya Songolo said the union was demanding that the minister gives a specified period of closure for the two universities because it does not support his decision to close the two universities indefinitely.
Mr Songolo was speaking yesterday at CBU during a press briefing on the closure of the two public universities on February 3, 2016.
He said paragraph 40 of the Higher Education Act which the Minister cited did not support the minister’s position.
The clause states as follow; The minister may close a Public Higher Education Institution, for a specified period, on grounds of Health or Public Disorder.
Mr Songolo said the clause cited did not prescribe an indefinite clause of the institution.
“The Minister is only empowered to close a public university for a specified period, and not indefinite. Therefore, the nation should not be kept in the dark and we urge the Minister to state the period in which the two universities will remain closed. “As CBUAU, we demand that he reopens the two universities without a requirement for the students to sober up as there is no measure of sobering up. If the minister does not provide the specified period of closure as provided for by the Higher Education Act, then we shall be left with no option but to seek judicial review on his decision,” said Mr Songolo.