Mzimba waits anxiously for Mombera University


Malawi government through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology has announced that the curriculum for yet-to-be constructed Mombera University in Mzimba is under international review.

A year has now elapsed since President Peter Mutharika unveiled a plaque for the construction of the university as lined up by his late brother Bingu wa Mutharika almost five years ago.

The seemingly slow progress towards the actual construction has been cause for anxiety in the district, especially as demand for public university education keeps rising.


But spokesperson in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Rebecca Phwitiko, said currently there is no delay as government is carrying out an environmental impact assessment before the actual work commence soon.

“There is no delay because so far, all compensations have been paid, electricity supply has also been supplied to the area and also drilling of boreholes has already been done,” said Phwitiko.

She added that once the curriculum is finished for reviewing it will now be open for public scrutiny for various stakeholders.


The university project is financed by the Malawi government with no external assistance and is expected to have 10,000 people including staff and students.

Meanwhile, M’mbelwa District Commissioner Thomas Chirwa is on record having said that the council is waiting for Malawi University Development Unit to launch the actual implementation of the project as all the requirements in the first phase have been met.

The university, once finished, will largely house faculties of animal and veterinary science.

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