Lecturers want University of Malawi Council bosses fired
Lecturers at Chancellor College on Tuesday called on President Joyce Banda to fire leadership of the University of Malawi Council and top university managers on the basis that the lecturers have lost confidence in them.
The lecturers made their demand in a petition titled “Vote of No Confidence in the University of Malawi Council and Top University Management” signed by Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (CCASU) President Sunduzwayo Madise and had it delivered at Zomba State House.
The tussle between the council and the lecturers resurfaced this week when the former dragged the latter into a case in which some students sued the University council on money they lost during the academic freedom saga.
CCASU Secretary General Mr. Symon Chiziwa said the lecturers have lost confidence and trust in their leaders.
“We believe that Council’s action is a deliberate and calculated scheme by a clique to sabotage the emerging harmony within the University and create room for chaos and conflict. As a Union, we refuse to be complicit to such a scheme,” said Mr.Chiziwa.
He said lecturers believe that firing the Council members would be in the best interest of the college where education was paralyzed for some seven months during last year’s academic freedom saga.
Meanwhile, the council has withdrawn an application in which it dragged the lecturers into a case some students sued the council demanding compensation for the money they lost during the academic freedom battle.
A notice to the lecturers and former CCASU President, Dr. Jessie Kabwila Kapasula and the Attorney General, from Kalekeni Kaphale Lawyers representing the Council says:
“Take note that the Defendants hereby wholly discontinue Third Party Proceedings against both third parties.”
Coincidentally, the notice came after the lecturers had also petitioned the chairperson of the Council demanding that the council withdraws legal action against CCASU within 7 days