By Tetiwe Mweemba
The Zambia Congress of Trade Union(ZCTU) says newly appointed Higher Education Minister Brian Mushimba should not follow the footsteps of her predecessor Nkandu Luo who devoted most of her time fighting and frustrating students of Copperbelt University and University of Zambia(UNZA) despite being a product of the later learning institution.
ZCTU Deputy Secretary General Elastone Njovu stated that Prof Luo who is now serving as Live Stock and Fisheries Minister Prof. should consider herself lucky that President Edgar Lungu did not fire her but instead reshuffled her.
He said there was no way the country could have a Minister of Higher Education and Professor who could be destroying the very institutions that made her who she is today.
Mr. Njovu has therefore congratulated President Lungu for having made such a decision and has demanded for the re-opening of the Copperbelt University CBU.
“We demand the re-opening of the CBU as soon as possible. We would like to see CBU opened as soon as possible. we know the evil things Prof Luo did, she claims to be highly educated and indeed she is educated and no one will take that away from her but you cannot have a Professor destroying the very institutions that made her what she is so we would love to congratulate President Lungu for that perfect reshuffle. In fact she should have been out of cabinet she is even spared to be where she is. So, we want to demand that people like her should not be allowed to hold public office because she took the CBU issue as though it was personal,” Mr. Njovu stated.
And Mr. Njovu has appealed to the newly appointed Minister of Higher Education Brian Mushimba to act professionally and sympathetically with regards to the issue of those students who were suspended
“We appeal to Mushimba to act professionally and sympathetically with regards to the issue of those students who were suspended as well as expelled. We would love to see CBU opened. It is the only way forward when we have highly educated people… humble servants of God. We demand servant leadership and not dictatorship like we saw in the way that Professor Luo handled that ministry,” he added.