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mpinganjiraStudents at the College of Medicine, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, have launched anniversary hotel project to address accommodation challenges at the institution.

Through the project, the students want to construct a 150-bed hostel at an approximate cost of $4 million.

According to the chairperson of the project committee, Anthony Chafunya, the conditions some of the students are living in while studying at the institution are pathetic as over half of the students’ population are finding accommodation outside the campus.

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“We are about 1,500 students here, however, only 600 are accommodated on campus, the remaining 900 are accommodated elsewhere, a thing which is a threat to our lives because some of the places we are living are poorly secured, the conditions are also not conducive, not worthy for people expected to be doctors in future.

“As students, we realise that we can start helping ourselves. That is the more reason. We are launching this project, but still we need support from the corporate world because we need a lot of money that we cannot afford on our own,” said Chafunya.

During the launch of the project last Friday, the college management disclosed that it has identified land within the college premises, [Blantyre campus] where the hostel will be build.

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Chief Executive Officer of the FDH Bank, Thomson Mpinganjira, who launched the project, commended the students for taking a constructive approach in the development of the college.

He, however, urged the committee, which is running the project and the college management to ensure transparency and accountability so that they avoid what he termed as “Comgate”.

“I am sure that other students will likely emulate what you have started. In most cases students are considered as people who vandalise things when they are facing challenges but you have taken a good approach and I am sure people will be willing to help.

However, you should ensure that you are putting people’s money to good use so that people can trust you, if you keep receiving help yet no work is done then people will shun you,’ said Mpinganjira.

The students also launched a ‘Buy a room campaign’ where individuals and companies can support a room at a cost of K2.5 million.

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