Academic staff at the Mzuzu University will on Tuesday down tools again in bid to force management to assure them of their academic and job security, Nyasa Times has established.
Last week Mzuni Lecturers downed tools demanding ‘Academic security’ following the torching of an office of the Head of Chemistry, Lewis Gulula.
Gulula’s crime was to set tough Chemistry examinations that saw five fourth year students flunking even supplementary ones.
“For instance, two weeks when students rioted over unpaid tuition and stationery allowances, some of them urinated in the dining room as a sign of protest but nothing happened. The disciplinary policy here is either flawed or only exists on paper,” a lecturer told Nyasa Times on condition of anonymity.
Acting Registrar Yonamu Ngwira could not be reached for comment.
The Lecturers said they will only return to class if they get written guarantees of safety but the strike only lasted two days after Lecturers gave management five days to investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.
The five days expired last Friday and there is no word from the management.
Sources told Nyasa Times that preliminary results indicate that the cause of the fire is neither electrical nor accidental but arson.
“We will not return to class until we get satisfactory assurances,” said our source.