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High Court Intervenes on University of Malawi Wrangles

By Amalawi - Sat May 25, 10:19 pm

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Malawi: The  High court in the commercial city of Blantyre has ordered Chancellor College and Polytechnic students to leave their respective campuses. Justice Hearly Potani made this ruling after he lifted the injunction obtained by the students restraining the University Council from closing down the two colleges.

“The court finds that by closing down the college, the defendant (University Council), was not preventing the plaintiff from exercising their constitutional right to education, peaceful demonstration and economic development as claimed by the plaintiff and that the defendant has no obligation to facilitate the peaceful demonstration,” said Justice Potani.


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University of Malawi

Judge Potani noted students are struggling to pay fees as they are fighting that the government should reduce the tuition fees for a certain section of students, and also that they are failing to top up on to the small amount of the upkeep allowance given to them by the defendant, the court finds that students cannot be able to pay the damages caused to the defendant therefore the defendant won’t be paid any damages caused as the students were on a sit-in.

The University of Malawi Students’ Union (UMSU) president, Steve Kumvenji expressed disappointment with the court ruling .

“This is not right and is peddling on our constitutional rights. We need to be on the campus aso some students come from very far, we all dont come from Zomba or Blantyre”  said Kumvenji adding:


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