7 December 2012

Zambia: Kitwe High Court Rejects Copperbelt University Workers' Injunction

THE Kitwe High Court has rejected an application for an injunction by three Copperbelt University (CBU) unions to restrain vice-chancellor Naison Ngoma from performing his functions.

High Court Judge Isaac Chali rejected the application for an interim injunction in chambers.

Mr Justice Chali will, however, hear the matter on December 14 this year.

Copperbelt University Academics Union, Copperbelt University and Allied Workers Union, and Copperbelt University Senior Administrative and Technical Staff Union have sued the university council and Professor Ngoma.

The unions have sued the council and Prof Ngoma as first and second respondents claiming irregularities in the appointment of the CBU vice-chancellor.

They are seeking a declaration that the council meeting held on November 7 this year which deliberated and ratified the report from the search committee was null and void.

They contended that the conduct of the chairperson at the meeting was irregular, unfair and unlawful as it excluded validly appointed stakeholders from the recruitment process.

Further, the unions are seeking a declaration that the segmentation or removal of five councillors from the council meeting by the council chairperson was unlawful.

The unions want a declaration that the recommendation made by the council to the minister of Education was in contravention of the University Act.

They are seeking an injunction restraining Prof Ngoma from performing the functions of vice-chancellor of CBU.

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