By SYLVIA MWEETWA
December 17, 2018
DIVISION had erupted at the Kitwe College of Education following the appointment of a second principal by the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), with the incumbent refusing to leave office, aggrieved lecturers have revealed.
The TSC has appointed Kitwe’s District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Allan Kaoma to replace the incumbent Andrew Mutobo.
Dr Mutobo was transferred to Lusaka in July, but has refused to leave, stating he did not report to the Commission, but to the Ministry of General Education.
General Education minister David Mabumba said yesterday that he had summoned officials from TSC for a meeting today, to resolve the matter, according to ZNBC news monitored yesterday.
Lecturers from the institution said in an interview yesterday that the situation had created divided loyalty among them.
The lecturers who preferred anonymity said some of them were reporting to the new principal, while others reported to Dr Mutobo.
“We are in a dilemma, because we don’t know which principal to report to. So we hope you (TIMES OF ZAMBIA) can assist us to draw the attention of the minister (Mabumba) to address this matter, urgently.
With Dr Mutobo refusing to vacate the office, the new principal is squatting in the registrar’s office.
Dr Mutobo said in a separate interview that he only learnt of his transfer through junior officers at the institution.
“I don’t report to the TSC, I report to the ministry Permanent Secretary, so I cannot move. I have no problem with the transfer, provided the right channel is followed. As of now, I am still the principal of the college,” he said.