Thursday, 25 May 2017

Pressure is mounting on Malawi’s Minister of Education Emmanuel Fabiano to step down over what is being described as his failure to resolve challenges in the education sector.

The University of Malawi Council is today expected to make known its position on the strike being staged by employees at one of its constituent colleges.

Representatives of the academic staff union of the Chancellor College, under the University of Malawi, are vowing to continue boycotting duties until salary disparity issues are addressed.

The public is being challenged to rise to the occasion by being persistent in holding the government accountable on issues of national importance.

Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is being cautioned to avoid using public funds in its resource mobilization drive.

The word of caution is coming from a Zomba based Political Commentator.

It follows last Friday’s fundraising dinner and dance held by the party at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

This is not the first time the party has held such events.

Critics are pointing out that the fundraiser was ill timed, considering the country’s socio-economic challenges.

They also express fear that the party might, in the process, end up abusing tax payers’ money.

Commenting on the issue, a Political science lecturer at the Chancellor College Boniface Dulani says the party needs to tread carefully.

“To the extent that the DPP is finding these innovative solutions to fundraise, that is commendable.”          

“Of course the timing is awful because we are going through economic difficulties and the hunger situation.”

On fears of taxpayers being abused through such events, Dulani says “whether they hold dinner and dance or not, there will still be abuse of public funds.”

“There will be no difference at all even if they don’t hold these functions”

The DPP’s First Vice President for the South George Chaponda however claims apart from mobilizing resources, such events mean a lot to the party, as they also demonstrate unity within the party.

“People have been saying there are divisions in the party, but you saw we were all one united. People from all the regions participated”


The DPP is yet to announce how much was realised from the dinner and dance.

The high court in Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre, will on October 19 start hearing a case in which the Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) is challenging the decision to hike tuition fees in public universities.

The Malawi Congress Party’s beleaguered Spokesperson Jessie Kabwila is choosing to remain silent on the party’s leadership squabbles, stressing that time is not yet ripe for her comment.

Five students of the College of Medicine are on October 15 set to face off in the grand finale of the college’s version of the 2016 UNIMA Got Talent at the CoM Sports Complex in Blantyre.

The US vice president’s wife trip to Malawi’s district of Machinga was on July 19 foiled because of #FeesMustFall protests by college students in the city of Zomba,

Edgy calm is returning to the Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba where students were involved in running battles with the police on July 18 during protests over a hike of tuition fees.

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