THE Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU) has expressed happiness with Education Minister Michael Kaingu’s move to dissolve the University Council of the Copperbelt University (CBU) because this has been one of the union’s demands.
CBUAU acting general secretary Kawunga Nyirenda said the union was happy that finally, the CBU Council had been dissolved.
Dr Nyirenda said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the move to dissolve the university council was welcome as it was long overdue.
“This is a welcome move because it shows that the minister is beginning to address our issues of concern in a more serious way and we only hope that this can be done expeditiously so that we can open a new chapter all together,” Dr Nyirenda said.
He said as far as the union was concerned, the dissolved CBU Council had lost its relevance to the institution because it had been compromised.
“We saw a situation where instead of the council supervising management, it was the other way round,” he said.
Dr Nyirenda further praised Dr Kaingu for having appointed a caretaker committee to investigate the impasse that rocked CBU leading to its premature closure in June.
The minister was within his legal framework to appoint a caretaker committee as this is provided for under the Higher Education Act number 4 of 2013.
Copperbelt University Students Union (COBUSU) president Humphrey Mwenya was similarly happy with Dr Kaingu for having the council dissolved because the body had showed a lot of inconsistencies in carrying out its mandate.
Mr Mwenya said everyone had expected the dissolved council to make decisions that were in the interest of the university, students and the nation when CBU was rocked with the impasse that caused its premature closure but unfortunately, it failed to do that.
He was happy that the university council had been dissolved because this also had been the cry of some people.
Mr Mwenya commended Dr Kaingu for appointing him to serve on the instituted caretaker committee, saying this had shown that the Government valued the input of young people on matters of national development.
Times of Zambia