Kaingu, UNZA lecturers differ


THE Ministry of Education says it is confident that UNZA will re-open on schedule following a meeting which took place between Dr Michael Kaingu and the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researcher Union-UNZALARU over the withheld students’ examination results.

Yesterday, Dr Kaingu held a closed door meeting with the executive of the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researcher Union.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Hilary Chipango said the meeting was aimed at revisiting the standoff between UNZALARU and management over unpaid statutory financial obligations.

He said the Minister was confident that the withheld student’s examination results would soon be released on the basis of government assurance to the university academic staff.

But UNZALARU General Secretary Jason Mwanza said there nothing substantial that come out of the meeting with Dr Kaingu.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Mwanza said Dr Kaingu did not make any promise.

“So for now we shall wait for Government to react to the concerns which we have raised,” Mr Mwanza said.

He said on Tuesday the union held a meeting and resolved that Government should increase the amount to 50 percent of what was owed.

He said this was after the union recognized that the offer by the Ministry in charge of Education of K 50 million was insignificant and further the roadmap to liquidate the remainder of the quantum lacked clarity.

Mr Mwanza said the union also resolved that a clear road map be availed.

He said the results would remain withheld and that members would not attend any meetings at whatever level that may be called to consider the same.

He said the members would not respond to any call to release the results until a decision was made in a General Meeting.

And commenting on the law students results, Mr Mwanza said he did not understand why the senate decided to release the results.

Mr Mwanza said he was not in a position to tell why the law student’s results were released.

And UNZASU secretary general Clement Kaponda confirmed that law student’s results were released on Thursday and did not understand why the department of law was singled out.

Meanwhile Government would this monthend pay the first installment of K10 million towards liquidating the K150 million commercial loan obtained by the University of Zambia to pay accrued staff benefits.