There is no end in sight to the Mzuzu University (Mzuni) staff strike as government has disclosed that it has no money to meet the 35 percent salary increment demanded by the university employees.
For weeks, academic and nonacademic staff at the university have been striking to force authorities to increase their monthly pay.
The strike forced the Mzuni management to close the university last week, something which education minister Emmanuel Fabiano has said is the fault of the university council.
Commenting on the demand, the university’s deputy vice chancellor Loveness Kaunda said they are yet to reach an agreement with the workers as the university is sailing on the ocean of financial woes.
Kaunda added that the government has also disclosed that it does not have the needed K1.5 billion for the salary increment.
“That’s too much money and we can’t get it in short time and government has no money as well and we feel that we have a very big problem,” said Kaunda.
She added that Mzuni will have income generating activities to end financial challenges that have marred the university.
The university’s students have since called on President Peter Mutharika to intervene on the issue.