Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo has asked the University of Zambia management and the labour commission to terminate the recognition Agreement for the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU).
Meanwhile sources close to Luo have hinted to the Watchdog that the erstwhile Minister is also looking for an opportunity to fire all lecturers at the University so that they are forced to reapply under very stringent conditions.
The Minister according to informed sources has directed Management to immediately terminate the recognition agreement immediately.
“l can confide in you that the Minister of Higher Education is looking for a way to fire all University of Zambia lecturers and ask them to re-apply for employment under different conditions of services. To this effect, she is looking for any reason within or outside the book to ban the lecturer’s union as the first step,” revealed the source.
“The Boss thinks (and l have personally heard her saying this) that the university employs too many Tongas and Lozis who are seen as default supporters of the opposition,” added the source.
According to the source the Vice Chancellor was at the Ministry on Monday, 1st April.
“She asked him if he can stop lecturers from commenting on national issues in their individual capacities, saying they should do so only through their union. Prof Mumba said that’s not possible because individual lecturers have the right to comment on issues of public interest within their domain as it is part of their employment conditions,”