Govt rejects CBU Academic Union demands-calls back Vice –Chancellor

Govt rejects CBU Academic Union demands-calls back Vice –Chancellor

All the demands that were submitted to Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu by the Copperbelt University Academic Union have been rejected while striking workers have up to Friday to return to work unconditionally or face dismissals.

CBU vice-chancellor Ngoma

CBU vice-chancellor Ngoma

And Kaingu has accused the CBU Academic Union of trying to direct government and has urged them to form their own university if they want to appoint their own Vice Chancellor.

Presenting a Ministerial Statement to parliament Tuesday, Kaingu said the care-taker committee that was appointed established that management had not failed in managing CBU.

Kaingu said the committee also established that the University Council was not negligent in its control and supervising of management. He said he dissolved the council as a result of over reacting from the information he was earlier given by the Academic Union.

He said the report found that there was limited funding, poor communication flow and lack of a defined internal communication strategy at the centre of the problem as opposed to the claim of misdirection of funds.

‘There are no sufficient grounds to warrant the minister to terminate the Vice Chancellors employment,’ Kaingu said.

The committee however found that there where weaknesses in management style among them dictatorial tendencies and lack of consultation in decision making.

One law maker observed that the dictatorship in Prof Ngoma’s style of management could be as a result of his military background.

Kaingu said most of the demands were trivial and as such he has accepted the committee’s recommendation for Prof Ngoma who was on forced leave to immediately report for work adding that no member of the University management will be removed as demanded by the Copperbelt University Academic Union.

The Committee has further resolved that all Deans of Schools and Heads of Department must be part of the university management.

And Kaingu has accused the CBU Academic Union of trying to direct government and has urged them to form their own university if they want to appoint their own Vice Chancellor.

‘They want to give directives, let them form their own university and appoint a vice chancellor,’ Kaingu said.

Kaingu denied that he was shielding Prof Ngoma and maintained that there was no gross reason for him to remove the Vice Chancellor and has warned that if they don’t return to work by Friday they will be dismissed and lose their benefits.

He lamented that he did not understand the style being employed by the Academic Union in their demands and accused them of trying to give him directives.

 

But Mumbwa Member of Parliament Brian Chituwo observed that Kaingu’s Ministerial Statement has not added anything to resolve the crisis facing the Copperbelt University.

 

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