BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Chacellor College Students Union president, Silvester Ayuba James, has claimed to have received threats from some powerful individuals in the country.Speaking on Sunday, during Tiwuzeni Zowona program on Zodiac Broadcasting Station, Ayuba said he is receiving threats from people he denied disclosing their identities.
“Yes I am receiving threats but I will handle that a personal issue. That’s typical of Malawi and I am not surprised,” said Ayuba.
Commenting on reports that the university students are not satisfied with the K50 000 fees reduction, Ayuba said the reduction does not reflect the real life of ordinary Malawians who are in majority in this country.
“We are not fighting for our interests. We are fighting for poor people who are in villages and in years to come they will also need university education. I agree that provision of university education is very expensive but hiking fees is not a solution.
“In my own view I feel like the university spends money on some insignificant things. For instance, the university has bought two Fortuners for the Vice Chancellor yet there were some cars which the officials could be using,” said Ayuba, adding the issue of fees hike is a national issue.
Ayuba reiterated his stand that he was against the idea of meeting the president saying politicians in Malawi are not trustworthy.
“I was against with the idea of meeting the president based on two solid reasons: 1. Politicians in Malawi are not trustworthy and they always abuse their power by oppressing those who are not in powerful politically. 2. Demonstrations against the fees hike was also scheduled to take place at the same day we were expected to meet the president,” he said.
Ayuba is a third year law student. He joined Chancellor College in 2011 as a communication studies student and went as far as third year before switching to law.
Perhaps due to his tough intellectual stature, strong leadership principles in fighting for students’ welfare, his bid for presidency for the first time in history became a matter of national attention as pro-government online publications launched a propaganda assault on him, alleging he had pocketed a whooping MK1.3million from a collaboration of Malawi’s opposition, allegations which he strongly dismissed as ‘a bunch of political nonsense from misguided souls.’
In that regard, it did not come as a surprise when some ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials claimed that opposition parties were funding the union leader to orchestrate demonstrations over the fees hike.