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Public Universities students have delivered a petition to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), requesting to meet President Peter Mutharika who is also Chancellor of the University of Malawi (Unima) by Wednesday.

The students are from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), Mzuzu University (Mzuni) and Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must).

According to Luanar Student Union President, Peter Mbweza, the petition which was delivered to OPC offices in Lilongwe, yesterday, seeks audience with Mutharika to discuss with him their worries on the recently hiked fees.

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“We have delivered a letter to OPC in which we are seeking audience with the Chancellor who also happens to be the State President of this country. We want to have an audience with him before Wednesday 3rd August.

“Luanar, Must and Mzuni are joining hands to support University of Malawi students in the race against reduction of fees hike,” he said.

Mbweza further said the fees hike will not only have an impact on tuition fees but will also mean hikes in accommodation and day-to-day living cost of students, hence joining their colleagues in the battle with Unima Council.

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“We have come together as public universities so that we help in solving this matter because it is a matter that is affecting every citizen and also as student leaders of these public universities we have joined hands with our friends,” he explained.

The pet i t ion was received by Principal Secretary in the OPC, Clement Chinthu Phiri.

Students from Chanco, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the Polytechnic have had running battles in the past two weeks in protest against the fees hike.

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