MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-The Mzuzu University (Mzuni) management on Friday, September 15, 2023, closed the university and ordered all students to leave campus by Saturday (today) morning.
University Registrar Yonamu Ngwira announced the closure of the university in a statement on Friday night.
“Following the student unrest which emanated from the General Assembly for the Face-to-Face Students Association (FAFASA) held on Campus in the afternoon and with a view to preserving public order and protecting university property, the Mzuzu University Council has directed the immediate closure of the University,” said Ngwira in a statement.
He ordered all on-campus students to leave the campus by 5.00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
Ngwira further said that no student shall be allowed entry into the Campus during the closure period.
“Students will be communicated on the date of re-opening and the conditions for their return to the University,” said Ngwira.
This publication understands that students were seen leaving the campus this morning.
On Friday, Mzuni students held a general assembly to discuss the tuition hike against management’s decision to implement the hike in the middle of an academic year.
Immediately, after leaving the meeting room, the students went on the M1 road where they blocked the road with rocks and fire.
Irritated students even attacked motorists and even detained a minibus.
Eventually, Malawi Police fired teargas to disperse the students but the protests continued forcing Mzuni management to close the university.
Last week during the graduation ceremony, Mzuni students booed President Lazarus Chakwera for failing to address the matter.