CBU upholds decision to expel union leaders

The Copperbelt University (CBU) has upheld the decision to expel Copperbelt University Student Union (COBUSU) president Lawrence Kasonde and other students following an appeal process.

Kasonde and his colleagues were expelled earlier this year on allegations that they masterminded the protest that led to the indefinite closure of the institution.

CBU Vice Chancellor Naison Ngoma served Kasonde, a fourth year student, with the expulsion letter, a decision that comes after students apologized to Higher Education Minister and President Edgar Lungu over the protest.

The university management has thrown out an appeal that the expelled students filed in and has upheld an earlier decision to expel them.

“After a careful consideration of your case, I write to inform you that your appeal was unsuccessful and the earlier made by the university and conveyed by the Registrar in the letter dated 25th April 2019 is hereby upheld,” reads Professor Ngoma’s letter to Kasonde in part.

Meanwhile, National Democratic Congress, (NDC) Copperbelt Province Chairperson, Chipoka Mulenga says the expulsion of Kasonde and his colleagues is harsh.

Chipoka tells Byta FM News that although he dislikes student violence, an expulsion he says, will never be the solution to the longstanding stalemate between students and management.

He has since called on the chancellor to give the student, who is just a year away from completing his studies, a lesser punishment.

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