Reports that are surfacing from the Chancellor College show that opposition parties have let out a bounty package to one of the contestants for the students union presidential seat, with an aim of fueling acts that would see the university sealed.
Privy sources to Malawi24 claim of having received information that Sylvester Ayuba James who is vying for the hot seat has been secretly getting money from the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the ex ruling Peoples Party (PP) and the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) which have been spearheading a stronghold lately against the Peter Mutharika led government.
James has since said he will sue publications that have spearheaded the reports about the matter. On Facebook several pages have carried the story that places him under the helm of the said plot.
The sources claim that the link on this will see Mutharika falling out of favor again with the university getting closed and students making an uproar to government as it were.
While Malawi24 could not independently verify these claims as of Wednesday evening, it is feared that James got the package in the region of MK 1.3 Million.
One of the conditions for this is that he makes sure any deliberate act should be done to see the university doors sealed in the next 90 days or so.
”He (James) was approached by the opposition leader. He was given millions to bankroll his campaign just to make sure that they use him at the end, we are not happy having learnt that because our parents are struggling and the said development will not be fair for them”.One of the whistle blowers said to this publication.
But in an interview with Malawi24 just a few minutes ago, James could not hide his disbelief over the news about him being involved in the said issue with MCP.
” Everyone knows am not bad, I wonder why this issue has come from. Actually am suing publications that have made the claims that I have received money from the parties” He said.
The 3rd year law student told Malawi24‘s Joseph Dumbula that he is not part of any political party and that his political stand is independent and it was demeaning for him to be embroiled in such a ‘mess.’
He however said that he will still contest for the polls which take place tomorrow despite the storm which Malawi24 understands that has carried the campus in Zomba.
MCP’s publicist, Jessie Kabwila when contacted asked this reporter to call her in the morning.
”Can you call me tomorrow please” she said when called by Malawi24 on Wednesday evening.
The PP and Aford were yet to comment on the matter when we went to press.
As this report was done, the news about the feared that news had already hit the campus with James getting popular, a move that would even make him win anyway, some students have argued.
The last time the university had its nose in politically driven acts in the continued academic freedom row it got sealed for a lengthy period which saw thousands of students making many steps backwards in their studies.