Copperbelt University expels students’ union leader for allegedly spearheading boycott of classes


The Copperbelt University Students Union president, Castro Mulilo, has been expelled from the University for cancelling classes to mourn the death of two students who died in a road traffic accident.

Mulilo who was in his final year pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Transport and Logistics had been expelled on grounds that in June, this year after the death of two students the previous night, as COBUSU President, he then cancelled classes.

Confirming the development, Mulilo said management at the high institution claimed that he called for a general assembly that instigated the rioting and looting that had transpired the previous night, as well as to mourn the death of two students.

He said the cancellation of classes, however, did not sit well with the university management as they wanted students to attend classes regardless of being traumatized by the death of their fellow students who died.

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“I am going to appeal to management against the action as the cancellation of classes was demanded by the students who I represented and was done in good faith to ensure that students did not continue with illegality as they had vowed not to attend any classes until he addressed them as a representative,” Mulilo said.

Mulilo further claimed that the university management later approved the cancellation of the classes and even extended it to two days of mourning.

“The COBUSU guild constitution provides for the powers of the COBUSU President to act during an emergency and cancelling classes and calling for a general assembly was done in good faith,” he said.

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