Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--As Malawi’s parliament is expecting to deliberate the recently gazetted University of Malawi Bill, some Chancellor College (Chanco) lecturers have threatened to go on strike if the bill passes arguing it will bring about a hostile environment for the lecturers in discharging their duties.
It is reported that the lecturers are much worried with the proposal by the University Council in corroboration with Attorney General Ralph Kasambara that deans and heads of departments should be appointed by the council. The current procedure is that the members of the departments elect the deans and heads.
“If it passes count me out of this place because it will have become an unsafe environment just as was the case with what led to the academic freedom struggle. The appointed deans and heads will become the new spies and …chances are that these will very likely be those people close to the establishment,” one Chanco lecturer confided to an online media outlet.
The lecturers are suspecting the proposed amendment was drafted to give government control over the university ahead of the country's elections in 2014.
The administration of Pres Banda's predecessor faced its strongest opposition from the University of Malawi. Banda was sworn in last year in April to finish the term of Bingu wa Mutharika who died while in office.
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