Over ten students from the Chancellor College in Zomba are in police custody after being arrested during protests against the decision by the University of Malawi (Unima) to raise fees for generic and mature students.
According to police among the arrested are Sithembile Shawa, Ellen Banda, Martha Sani, Yamikani Bema, Hazel Chiomba, Chimwemwe Msosa, Glory Mwakaileke, Caroline Njete, Hope Phiri and Tinenenji Kabudula.
The police netted the students for staging an illegal demonstration which turned violent.
In the protests, Malawi24 understands a police officer had his gun confiscated and broken by students who overpowered him. The students had blocked the road that leads to the college and chanted anti-government songs as they moved towards the University offices before police officers came their way.
The law enforcers had to fire teargas to disperse the students.
The protests are expected to go today.
Reports indicate that student from other constituent colleges like the Polytechnic are not joining the protests now because they are in the thick of examinations.
Earlier on the council announced that fees was raised from K275, 000 to K400, 000 per year for normal entry students and from K275, 000 to K1, 200, 000 for mature students.
But the students initial attempt for pleading with the council not to effect these changes hit the wall as the council has remaining unmoved saying the students do not have convincing reasons for their call.
Last night, students had an open air disco at the College’s sports Complex after the running battles with the Police. Some students from the campus hostels were spotted heading to Chikanda village where non-residential students live, to spend a night after it was rumoured that the police were going to spray all hostels with teargas at midnight.
The College Management has since warned that they will take unspecified action against the protesting students.