Chanco students protesting violently; college closed
Chanco students protesting violently; college closed

ZOMBA (Maravi Post)—After two days of intense running battles with the Police, the officials of the College have closed the institution in what they have termed as emergency closure.“I write to inform you that due to the current illegal demonstrations by students and subsequent security threats, the College has been closed with immediate effect.

“Students must leave the campus by 4:00pm today, 19th July, 2016,” concluded the memo signed by the College Principal Professor Richard Tambulasi.

The students have been protesting what they have termed as the insensitive raising of their tuition fees by the University of Malawi (Unima) Council.

Unima council announced an increase in tuition fees to K900 000 ($1249) and others to K1.4 million ($1 942)—mature students—and K400 000 ($555) and others to K600 000 ($833) for continuing students per year.

Malawians live on less than a dollar a day and the students argue that their future is at stake here as their guardians can’t manage to raise such money.

During the protests, over 10 students were arrested and several others injured. The Malawi police yesterday was disarmed by the angry students and in revenge, the police today deliberately set ablaze hostels for the students burning students belongings in their respective  rooms as they barbaric threw teargas canisters into the students rooms.

Each time a Democratic Progressive Party comes to power, it makes sure that it closes this institution. Last time, the College closed for 8 months in an epic academic freedom battle which saw government authorities succumbing to  pressure from  Lecturers to be assured of their academic freedom.

It is not clear when the college will be re-opened but ironically, the 2014 general elections results for Chancellor College voting centre showed that the students gave incumbent President Peter Mutharika a majority of votes hoping in their so called ‘wisdom’ that Mutharika would be the best thing to ever happen to Malawi when all indicators were pointing to the contrary. Today, they are crying foul! What a sad ending of the romance!

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