Chanco student leader is unhappy with Mutharika: he forced us to accept the K50,000 fee reduction

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President Peter Mutharika might have intervened into the University conundrum but the way he handled the dialogue with the University students left a bitter pill in the Chancellor College Students Union’s (SUCC) mouth.

SUCC president Sylvester James Ayuba has accused President Peter Mutharika of showing dictatorial tendencies by stopping him from raising students’ concerns during the meeting University of Malawi student leaders had with the president over the fees hike issue.

Peter Mutharika University of Malawi #FeesMustFall

Ayuba (in white shirt): Mutharika angrily told me not to speak

In a statement, Ayuba said that he took a strong opposing stance against any fees more than K300,000 for generic students and K600,000 for mature entry students during the meeting.

“Surprisingly, the president himself who chaired the meeting angrily told me not to speak again as he said that I was dominating the meeting and I should let others to speak since he didn’t only want to listen to me,” Ayuba said.

According to Ayuba, the president further accused some UMSU members of advancing their “selfish political interest.”

The Chanco student also regretted the decision to have an audience with the president saying it diminished chances of having their grievances met.

“Capability of winning the #UnimaFeesMustFall battle was there but the completion of the battle was thwarted after meeting president Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace where he ordered a K50,000 fees reduction across the board without allowing the University of Malawi Students Union to discuss the proposed amount with Students of various constituents Colleges of University of Malawi whom they represent.

“I reluctantly became part of the idea just by virtue of the fact that I couldn’t do anything on my own in a group of many,” said Ayuba.

The SUCC president added that towards the end, when the President suggested rigidly a K50,000 across-the-board reduction, he thought UMSU president Tiwonge Sikwese was going to ask Mutharika to allow them to consult with their fellow students.

“I thought that would be our best exit statement from the mediation hook. Unfortunately, even before I passed a note to him to say something like that, he had already said “thank you” after Mutharika had told him to submit proposed figures for mature entry students,” Ayuba said.

However, Sikwese said he will only comment on the issue after briefing fellow students from the public universities.

At the meeting, Mutharika also ordered the reopening of Chancellor College which was closed last month after riots ensued over the fees hike.

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  1. Anthu olemba ma comment sana phunzile eti? zuku oneka. izi nza tsogolo la malawi tuseweretsazi izi. tikhale mbuli a world bank ndi azingu azati dyelu masuku pamutu? tiphinzitsane tiyime pa mtunda kaya. Ayuba anamuuza akhale chete. thats force to meit

  2. Raising fees is a good idea if the loans are readily available to all students. People are paying double that figure in secondary schools and other private institutions why should the same students fail to pay higher fees when loans are available? . It will not make sense to raise the fees but deny the students loans. The poor will not manage. However recent findings has shown that 90% of the university students in unima and other public universities come from rich families who were paying very high fees in secondary school. University education is not cheap. But the needy should be given 100% loans. Ironically it seems the loans are becoming difficult to be accessed by the needy students. Some beneficiaries are the sons and daughters of rich people. This greed is killing us. But mk350 000 as fees for the whole year with loans this is okay.

  3. its either u were intoxicated or ignorant of what you were demanding. if you not in agreement of the resolutions was it not logical to make it clear before leaving the dialogue table

  4. He “forced” them to accept? this is laughable,what did the president use to do that? the police or the army? I think the problem with the students was something to do with “fear” being the first time to meet with the head of state was not to be a simple task as they thought it would be.

  5. apolice akumalawi atsakula mashop omwe akumaodetsa frozzy olanda kwa anthu osauka kubaa tsoka.uyu pitala akutibela mwa smart kaya tidzaona akadzatenga chakwera mxwwew

  6. Guys just buckle up,this president has made up that mind long time ago not now. Koma iyeyu amapita kukapempha funding ku maiko ena? kapena poti zawo zilibwino nde basi? Kukweza fees choncho it is very bad move for our future.

  7. Zanu zimenezo zoziyamba dala.tell MEC STUPID PEOPLE to tok to him(boko haram pitala).polora kumpasa udindo after kuvomera kubela mavoti kti mbuziyo ikhale pa mpando….ZOZIYAMBA AMALAWI

  8. Nonse ma student apa chanco mungundu mwenumo matama gosope gala liambuli mbwa syawanache makule majani yoome wakulimbisya mtimawo taphwetekasye mungundu mwenumo mwakumangwenumo majani mmmxm

  9. Ndichifukwa chake olo mutaphunzira kulandira ma degree sumungatukule dziko pambali pamaphunziro akusukulu phunzirani kudalira Jehovah

  10. Zayambano kulowa chibwana,,,,,penapakeso university students misuse our public funds,,,, akatero azititukwana mmiseumu,, at I ife mbuli,,,ndiposo muli ana ama politicians omwewo ,,,,olo atat asachosereso,,,, I don’t trust the system,,, kulibeko ana a mphawi kumeneko,,,, enawo akuwatuma ndababa,,,fuck it!!!

  11. Peter did good to pass the judgement that these tings of fees should not bother him any longer sometimes duictatorship cause democrasy means demon class

  12. Ana opusa inu a nthila kuwili.mwadya ndalama kuchokela kwa anthu osiyanasiyana omwe amakupopani pano mwafuna kuti akukhulupilileni poti mwadya zawo. ife sitingakuvomelezeni mfundo zopusazo.mubwenze ndalama mwadyazo.

  13. Kamuzu anane kut chuma chili nthaka ife tikutukuka ndi malimidwe a ganja ku nkhotakota tiyen tilime chamba chambiri ndli ndi zanga ku chanco konko amalima nawo za fees sakudandaulako ayi chuma chili nthaka osamaiwala.

  14. Anawa alipo amene akuwapopa maka asogoleri azipani zosutsa. Ine sindikaika ndi Lazaro Chakwera
    Guys khulupilirani zomwe ndikunenanizi , chifukwa pa nthawi imene ankakumana ndimfumu sadalankhule zotumbwa nde abwerako akuti nsogoleri wa anawa sakodwera ndi Muthalika why ? There is someone behind these stupid students who supporting them in a wrong way, am sure Chakwera Lazaro is the one who do this. But this story is boring now, especially me ! I’m really tired of these STUPID students . Eish !!! Fuck off !!

  15. Whom he think he is? For the president to bow down to his selfish statements?
    Ayuba you have to know ,there was other Presidents before you and your not guiding,control a nation or university council ,,you to be a president thank God ,and give respect to the Authority your not the owner of the xul.

    Who do you think you are for the President of the general public to bow down to your selfish statements?

    Do you think zinali fair mmene mmalipila 55 enafe 275 grand ?thanks for Sikwese your friend who consider Presidents speech as important and anakutsikimizilani kut no one will drop out of fees.

    And i have seen angry MPS in parliament going out while the meeting is in progress ,why dont you walk out of the palace.?

    Stop stop kumva zawekha mphawi siwekha dziko muno ,

    • Haha (1.) Every citizen of this Nation is the owner of the public schools. So never say that Ayuba is not the owner of the school but the President and the councils only since all of them are not above the laws of this republic. (2•) Never believe and fix it your mind that walking out of the place where someone is addressing a meeting (especially someone in authority) is a wise decision to make. That just reveals the stupidity of the person. Those MPs were misbehaving in that way. So what he is doing is to express his opinion.

  16. So did they express it before the President to show the dissatisfaction?
    Or did they oppose the President and try to give strong signal to show their dissatisfaction?
    Otherwise sinanga ndi chimwemwe anakapondako ku Palace forgetting the majority and later accepted such an insultal reduction.

  17. Ana inu panyapanu tatopa ndikumva zopusa zanuzo,mesa fees adakutsitsilani munthu nde inuyo mukufuna atsitse ifike pa k10000 ngati mwatopa ndikuphunzila bwerani kumudzi tidzilalima

  18. So what do you expect from us. Peter called u and you went. He told you of the reduction er don’t know how you responded and today you say this and that.What do you want from us?

  19. kuchotseredwa k50000 yachepa?kodi akuona nģati achotsera munthu mmodzi eti? osangoti zikomo mwenye àmàchotsera 2tambala iye waçhotsera mathousañds osangoti ameni kusayamika eti?

  20. Stupid leadership. You knew why Muthalika invited you to the state house, why didnt you consult before meeting him? you knew that guy would give you envelops to silence you,why didnt you turn down the meeting to get a concesus from your friends who thought for the school fees reduction battle? Dont be fast , hasty and selfish when dealing with matters of national interest

    • Dawani Phiri or whatever you call yourself, you are such a stinking coward, so you mean your party enjoy killing people amd you are happy with it,i promise you that I Brian Boyce,search me, will not get intimidated by you DPP cardets with your zero development budget in the name of my LORD my SAVIOUR, try it hunt me you foolish Dawani