PAC delegates demand Chanco reopening in two weeks

Hetherwick Ntaba

Delegates at Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) 5+1 all inclusive stakeholders conference have given government a two week ultimatum to reopen Chancellor College which is a constituent college of University of Malawi (UNIMA).

During resolutions presentation at the conference, PAC demanded that the college popularly known as Chanco should be opened to allow students who have been on forced holiday to go back to school.

Sylvester Ayuba James
Sylvester Ayuba James speaking on the Chanco woes at the Indaba.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi24 on Thursday night, Chanco Students Union president Sylvester Ayuba James applauded the resolution arguing it emphasizes what they have been demanding.

“It’s a welcome resolution, the issue of Chancellor College closure is a national issue and it’s now six months that means it’s a national crisis and we would expect government to act with urgency and when government was not doing anything we thought it was governance scandal.

“And now that PAC has put it as a resolution we feel that it emphasizes what we have been demanding to have the college opened,” said Ayuba James.

Chanco was closed following a strike by academic staff who are demanding equal salary among UNIMA employees.

The Chanco academic staff argued that College of Medicine (CoM) lectures receive high perks than them yet they are all employed by the same employer.