Nust Coun­cil dis­solved over squab­bles

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THE Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) is op­er­at­ing with­out a coun­cil fol­low­ing the dis­so­lu­tion of the pre­vi­ous one due to in­ter­nal squab­bles, a de­vel­op­ment that has al­legedly de­layed the ap­point­ment of a new vice chan­cel­lor.

Sources at Nust said the Dr Mike Ndu­bi­waled coun­cil was dis­solved fol­low­ing al­leged dif­fer­ences be­tween him and his deputy, Mr Alvord Mabena. The in­fight­ing is al­leged to have de­layed the ap­point­ment of a vice chan­cel­lor af­ter the post fell va­cant in Oc­to­ber last year fol­low­ing the ex­piry of the late Pro­fes­sor Lin­dela Ndlovu term of of­fice.

Mr Mabena con­firmed that the board was dis­solved, but de­nied that there had been bad blood be­tween him and Dr Ndu­biwa.

“It’s not about me and Ndu­biwa but the whole board. I can­not say any­thing, talk to the act­ing chair­per­son Mr Zenzo Nsimbi,” he said.

Nust Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Mr Felix Moyo said the univer­sity has been op­er­at­ing with­out a coun­cil since the be­gin­ning of this month.

“The Min­is­ter (Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment) put an in­terim struc­ture (af­ter the dis­so­lu­tion) which was go­ing to re­main in of­fice un­til grad­u­a­tion. “Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, the coun­cil sub­mit­ted a doc­u­ment to the Min­is­ter to say we sat on an in­terim ba­sis un­til grad­u­a­tion time, we are now await­ing fur­ther in­struc­tions,” said Mr Moyo. “The Min­is­ter asked the coun­cil to hold its own elec­tions among them­selves then they put an in­terim chair­per­son and vice chair­per­son who served un­til the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony. Now there is none”. Dr Ndu­biwa de­clined to com­ment. “Please leave me alone, I don’t want to be mis­quoted. I’m liv­ing a very quiet life and let me be. Go back to your sources for more in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Sources said the ab­sence of a coun­cil had de­layed the ap­point­ment of a sub­stan­tive vice chan­cel­lor since it must make rec­om­men­da­tions to the Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion over the post.

Four aca­demics — Pro­fes­sor Mqhele Dlodlo, Pro­fes­sor Moses John Chim­bari, Pro­fes­sor Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo and Dr Gat­sha Mazithulela were in­ter­viewed in Au­gust for the post. — @Aux­il­iaK

Mr Felix Moyo

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