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Dialogue over the reopening of Chancellor College is seemingly under wraps as University of Malawi (Unima) Council argues it will wait for the matter to be sorted in court first.

Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) obtained leave for judicial review on May 11 2017 restraining Chancellor College management from acting on a conciliatory report until all concerned parties discuss.

The Unima Council alongside all concerned academic staff welfare committees from the four constituent colleges of The Polytechnic, College of Medicine, Chancellor College and Kamuzu College of Nursing were supposed to hold a mid-morning task-force meeting with management last Saturday.

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However, the office of the University Registrar overturned proceedings and resolutions regarding the task-force meeting as Ccasu had sought judicial review on the matter.

In a memo dated May 12 2017, the council argued that the dialogue would be meaningless as the issue has been taken to court.

“We write to advise that management is in receipt of an injunction restraining it from implementing the option it took from the conciliator’s report. Such being the base, management is wondering what the meeting scheduled for Saturday 13th May, 2017 would be discussing if the matters have gone to court,” reads the memo in part.

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Ccasu President, Anthony Gunde, while confirming that the meeting did not take place on Saturday wondered how the management could fail to interpret the meaning of a leave for judicial review.

“This clearly indicates that they are not interested in resolving this dispute at hand as they have said numerous times that they want the matter in court,” Gunde said.

On Monday Unima Registrar, Benedicto Malunga told The Daily Times that the they could no longer hold any discussion as that that will be defying the court order.

“Judicial review is a court process, we need to get the documents they served the court when obtaining the order and give our lawyer for interpretation. So in the process we shall not do anything to avoid contempt of court,” he said.

The salary disparity wrangle has seen lecturers at Chancellor College going on strike for close to two months now.

 

 

DIALOGUE over the reopening of Chancellor College is seemingly under wraps as University of Malawi (Unima) Council argues it will wait for the matter to be sorted in court first.

Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) obtained leave for judicial review on May 11 2017 restraining Chancellor College management from acting on a conciliatory report until all concerned parties discuss.

The Unima Council alongside all concerned academic staff welfare committees from the four constituent colleges of The Polytechnic, College of Medicine, Chancellor College and Kamuzu College of Nursing were supposed to hold a mid-morning task-force meeting with management last Saturday.

However, the office of the University Registrar overturned proceedings and resolutions regarding the task-force meeting as Ccasu had sought judicial review on the matter.

In a memo dated May 12 2017, the council argued that the dialogue would be meaningless as the issue has been taken to court.

“We write to advise that management is in receipt of an injunction restraining it from implementing the option it took from the conciliator’s report. Such being the base, management is wondering what the meeting scheduled for Saturday 13th May, 2017 would be discussing if the matters have gone to court,” reads the memo in part.

Ccasu President, Anthony Gunde, while confirming that the meeting did not take place on Saturday wondered how the management could fail to interpret the meaning of a leave for judicial review.

“This clearly indicates that they are not interested in resolving this dispute at hand as they have said numerous times that they want the matter in court,” Gunde said.

On Monday Unima Registrar, Benedicto Malunga told The Daily Times that the they could no longer hold any discussion as that that will be defying the court order.

“Judicial review is a court process, we need to get the documents they served the court when obtaining the order and give our lawyer for interpretation. So in the process we shall not do anything to avoid contempt of court,” he said.

The salary disparity wrangle has seen lecturers at Chancellor College going on strike for close to two months now.

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