Copperbelt University closed indefinitely

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Copperbelt University

THE senate of Copperbelt University (CBU) has indefinitely closed the institution on recommendation from the security wings.
Briefing the press at CBU in Kitwe yesterday, vice-chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma said a special senate meeting resolved to close the university after deliberating on the set of events that have happened.
“We also listened to a report from our colleagues from the security wings, it is the report of the security wings which made the afternoon interesting,” Prof Ngoma said.
The resolution of the CBU senate which Prof Ngoma read out states:
“This serves to inform all students that due to the current prevailing situation, the senate of the Copperbelt University at its meeting today August 15, 2013 in the council chamber, resolved to close the institution with immediate effect.”
He said students were required to hand over school properties to the school wardens and clear the institution by 18:00 hours yesterday.
Prof Ngoma vowed that he will not resign his position because he believes that he is doing the right thing.
“I have never been the one to chicken out and there is no reason for me to step down. I believe I am doing the right thing and I am doing it effectively. This is a challenging and humanising job, this is a very lonely positition as well,” Prof Ngoma
He also challenged those with evidence that CBU management is conniving with landlords in Kitwe to make profits from students in boarding houses to report to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Prof Ngoma also said he had an ‘unsolicited’ meeting with the Patriotic Front (PF) Kitwe district executive committee led by acting chairperson Alfred Kaira who demanded that the institution should remove the non-squatting rule and that he must resign.
A check at the institution found police in full riot gear keeping vigil as students packed their bags and vacated the institution.

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