University of Zambia Lecturers’ and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) members have demanded the immediate resignation of Vice Chancellor Professor Stephen Simukanga together with three other principal officers at the university.
UNZALARU General Secretary Jason Mwanza in a statement released to QFM News says the members resolved during a meeting held yesterday that Professor Simukanga, the Registrar, Dr Kavwanga Yambayamba, the Bursar, Mrs Barbra Sampa Katoyo and the Librarian, Dr Vitalicy Chifwepa should resign on moral grounds.
Mr Mwanza says the resolution was arrived at following revelations that the four principal officers have paid themselves gratuities and pension and have gone further to pay four former principal officers in the same manner namely Dr Wilson Mwenya, Dr Alvert Ngandu, Mr Boniface Chitambala and Mr Hector Chiboola outside the University policy of first in, first out.
He says if the principal officers do not heed to this resolution, UNZALARU members reserve the right to take any action they may deem fit.
Mr Mwanza adds that the union members during the same meeting dismissed the proposed road the Permanent Secretary of Education, noting that government has still not recognized the urgency of resolving the financial challenges facing the University of Zambia.
He says the members resolved that they will administer and mark examinations but may withhold the results if government does not come up with a clear roadmap acceptable to the members on dismantling contractual obligations.