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Public university students question Peter Mutharika’s chancellorship

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Students of the country’s public universities have questioned the relevance of President Peter Mutharika as Chancellor of the institutions.

They also question if it is proper that Mutharika should continue holding such a position.

Presidents of students unions of Mzuzu University and University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, Wazamazama Katatu and Sylvester James respectively, questioned Mutharika’s capability during the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) 5+1 All-inclusive Stakeholders Conference which ended in Blantyre Thursday afternoon.

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The two were representing public university students at the conference.

Katatu, among other things, asked for a review of legislations guiding the management of public universities so that the President is not appointed Chancellor of any university by virtue of being the Head of State.

“If there are frustrated people in the country, they are university students. It is even surprising that the sitting Chancellor, who is also the state President, stands on the podium saying that he has no solutions to the challenges facing the university. So our question is: is the Chancellor still relevant in the university? We expect that the President should not only be visible during graduation ceremonies but find solutions to the institutions are going through,” Katatu said.

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James said students are convinced that the biggest accident that has ever happened to this country is to have Mutharika as President and Chancellor of the public universities.

“The failure of President Mutharika in his two capacities are just too many to count and too glaring to ignore and neglect. As a leader and an academic at the same time, Mutharika has registered failure to inspire any little hope in the youth in general and university students in particular,” James said.

Government Spokesperson Nichol as Dausi who was present on the second day of the conference said in an interview that government will look at the issues raised during the conference.

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