ZOMBA (Maravi Post)—The Zomba Magistrate Court on Wednesday granted bail to Chancellor College Student’s leader Sylvester Ayuba James and two others. The three Student leaders were on Tuesday night arrested by Malawi Police and were charged with inciting violence.
The arrest followed unprecedented violent protests the students conducted which started on Monday and reached its climax on Tuesday. The students were protesting a recent fee hike which the University of Malawi (Unima) Council announced.
Unima council announced that students will from next academic year start paying Mk400,000 from MK275,000, a decision which angered the students.
Maravi Post has learnt that the students followed the normal process to stage a demonstration only to be denied permission, on flimsy reasons, by a ruling Democratic Progressive Party operative, Bernad Nkasala, who masquerades as the Chief Executive Officer for Zomba City
Noting that their voice could not be heard using the normal procedure, the disgruntled students nevertheless resolved to vent their anger on their campus until the uninvited Police came to interfere on matters they hardly understand.
Teargas canisters were sprayed on the students and this sent the students crazy. Running battles between the Police and the students then ensued with Dr Jill Biden being the victim of the whole chaos as her motorcade was denied passage on the M5 road where the students barricaded the road with burning tyres. She was to preside over a function in Malawi’s rural district of Machinga.
On granting the student’s leaders bail, the court demanded a MK10, 000 bail bond and that the suspects should report to their respective nearest police every Friday and that they should not commit any similar offence during period of trial.