While his directive that fees at the University of Malawi (Unima) should get a K50,000 reduction has met the wrath of many Malawians, vocal Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati holds no other sentiments to President Peter Mutharika other than calling him ‘a true democrat’.
On Thursday, Mutharika who is also the Chancellor for the University met representatives of the student unions from the constituent colleges where he made the directive that there should be a reduction of K50000 in the proposed fee hike that had a minimum of K400,000 and K900,000 for generic and upgrading students respectively.
His meeting and directive has so much pleased the Information Ministry which says Mutharika has portrayed that he is a good leader for accepting to meet the students and slashing the fees.
‘’Government wishes to thank the State President His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for being a listening leader and arriving at a compromise with the University of Malawi students over fees. We are proud that Malawi has a true democrat under whose leadership citizens are free to express themselves, including through demonstrations,’’ reads a depict of the statement Kaliati’s office has released.
The statement has also gone ahead to attack some of the organizers of a series of demos that protested against the fee hike. It describes them as political actors.
‘’Government is aware that the organisers of the miserable demonstrations wanted to use University fees as an excuse to pursue a desperate agenda of mobilising a national political revolt. This has not worked. The movement has collapsed because Malawians are reasonable.’’
‘’Listening to the sentiments of the organisers, their issues are scattered and they do not make sense. These are political machinations that wanted to chance a ride on the back of innocent University students. They have failed. Thank you the people of Malawi for rejecting blackmail,’’ goes the statement which has apparently faced criticism by Malawians on the social media.