CBU Lectures Fire Back At Kaingu.
Copperbelt University lectures say they will not succumb to Michael Kaingu’s threats and have dared him to go ahead and fire them for demanding the restoration of academic excellence at the university.
On Tuesday, Kaingu, the Minister of Higher Education, threatened striking CBU lecturers with dismissal without benefits if they do not return to work tomorrow.
Kaingu also directed CBU vice-chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma, who was on forced leave during the impasse, to immediately resume his duties to oversee operations of the institution.
But the lecturers vowed never to return to work and said they were ready to be fired by the government for demanding for what was right.
Speaking during a press briefing yesterday, Copperbelt University Academics Union president Mwiya Songolo said the lectures were ready to be fired by the government.
“We have resolved that we would rather be fired than work with a rotten management of Professor Naison Ngoma, whose focus is not on academic excellence. We are not afraid to be fired and government must be ready to pay us our full benefits. We will not succumb to Kaingu’s threats,” Songolo said.
He further said Kaingu should be ready to go and teach CBU himself.