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Chanco students go to court over closure

By Tiyese Monjeza:

Four students at Chancellor College in Zomba have filed for an injunction at the High Court restraining the closure of the institution.

The institution was closed indefinitely Monday following a government directive to close all schools as a preventive means to combat possible spread of coronavirus in the country.

The law students have dragged the government to court, arguing that the indefinite closure of the institution violates the students’ right to education.

According to the document we have seen, the application shows that Steven Mponda is the first applicant with fellow students, Young Soko, Lonjezo Noel Banda and Precious Kalulu as the other applicants.

The document has President Peter Mutharika as the first respondent, Council of University of Malawi as the second respondent and Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale as the third respondent.

In an interview, Mponda confirmed to have filed for the injunction.

He, however, refused to give further information pertaining to the injunction, saying the students will issue a statement at an appropriate time.

He also emphasised that the decision to drag the government to court was for the four students only and not the college’s Students Union.

However, the copy of an application signed by High Court Judge Zione Ntaba indicates that the court was still examining the issues raised by the applicants.

The government on Friday declared a national disaster following the surging of Covid-19 cases in some parts of the continent.

There are confirmed cases in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa, among many others.

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