By Staff Writers
Students have been instructed to vacate the National University of Lesotho’s (NUL) residences with immediate effect.
Academic activities meanwhile remain suspended indefinitely.
This after days of violent student protests.
In a communique sent to staff and students on Friday, the acting Vice Chancellor Associate Professor ‘Manthoto Lephoto said students have until 15:00 to “leave the university premises forthwith”.
“NUL management established from SRC that students were protesting for delayed payment of allowances from the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS) even when NMDS had already started paying allowances into student accounts in tranches on the same day (Wednesday) and continued to do so,” Lephoto said.
“Students have continued with riots even up to today (Friday) although many students have already received their allowances. The continuing riots have resulted in the significant destruction of the university property, staff personal property and harassment of NUL community and the public,” she added.
According to the acting Vice Chancellor, the university’s Senate Executive assessed the situation on Thursday and directed that students should stop their rioting and return to class but they refused.
“Therefore, the university is left with no option but to suspend lectures with immediate effect until further notice. All students admitted to Roma Campus, with the exception of international students and students with disabilities, are directed to leave the university premises forthwith. The cut-off point to be out of campus is 3:00pm,” Lephoto said.
She further advised staff, NUL community and the public to take precautionary measures on their safety and security.
“Staff should continue with their normal work activities. As a matter of urgency, the Registrar will communicate this decision to sponsors. Notice on the resumption of lectures will be communicated.,” she concluded. NW