University of Livingstonia (Unilia) has sent on forced leave its Vice Chancellor , Prof Yohane Nyasulu following a strike by academic and non-academic workers demanding a 60 percent pay hike and better working conditions.
Management of the university, owned by CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, has also suspended Unversity Registrat Peter Kayira and Director of Finance Francis Kumwenda.
The university ordered students to vacate Ekwendeni and Robert Laws campuses in Mzimba after staff staff downed tools demanding higher perks and dismissal of vice-chancellor, registrar and finance officer.
The staff are accusing the institution’s top management of failing to protect their welfare, govern the university by agreed systems and procedures as well as cultivate a mutually-respectful professional relationship with them.
The synod’s general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo and moderator the Reverend John Gondwe confirmed the suspension .
However, Gondwe said it is not forced leave but an administrative leave.
“Much as we do not see the necessity to fire them as demanded by members of staff, we have deemed it important to investigate the allegations,” he said.
Unilia was established by the Synod of Livingstonia on August 23 2003.