Malawi President Peter Mutharika has expressed his profound willingness to support Mzuzu University (Mzuni) in its efforts to get back to life a library which got lost to an inferno last year.
Mutharika, who presided over the 2015/2016 graduation ceremony in Malawi’s oldest city of Zomba on Wednesday, also acknowledged a “number” of problems the university system in the country “is facing.”
He described the disaster at Mzuni as a “very serious issue.”
According to Mutharika, a government delegation was sent to assess damage at the institution that could help in mapping the way forward.
He repeatedly said, having gone through the assessment, the situation was “serious.”
Mutharika urged Mzuni management to put technical issues and other nitty-gritty in place so that government could “come in” for help.
“We will make sure we do our best to help,” he said.
Mzuni opened its doors on Monday for its March-July semester without a library in place. The university, however, has upgraded its internet connectivity so that students can access most of the academic information they need online.
Last year, the University also received hundreds of computer donations from the African Development Bank HEST Project.
Mzuzu University Student Representative Council (MUSREC) Katatu Wazamazama thanked students for their “understanding to-date.”
He said the loss of over 45 000 books to the fire, suspected to have been ignited by an electrical fault, was a “big loss.”
Several organisations and companies, within and outside the country, are continuously donating several kinds of books to the institution.
At the function, Mutharika – himself a long serving former academician – awarded over 450 certificates.
The graduates that constituted the congregation were from Chancellor College, Polytechnic, College of Medicine and Bunda College now LUANAR.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :