Ayuba says Mutharika gagged students: ‘I was told to shut up’

Chancellor College Students Union president James Ayuba Sylvester has claimed that President Peter Mutharika behaved like a tip pot dictator when he met student leaders at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Thursday, saying he gagged them from expressing themselves freely.

President Peter Mutharika meets public Universities Students at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday(C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika meets public Universities Students at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday(C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika meets public Universities Students at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday(C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika meets public Universities Students at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday(C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika meets public Universities Students at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday(C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika meets public Universities Students at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday(C)Stanley Makuti

Ayuba told Nyasa Times that that he was told to “shut up” by President Muthalika during the fees hike meeting.

President ordered a K50 000 reduction in the fees from a minimum of K400 000 to K350 000 per student per year.

According to Ayuba,  he was gagged after he wanted to put it across to President Mutharika to prioritise issues that can contribute to the country’s development, arguing that the reduction is manifestly inadequate as the fees would affect development as many students from economically poor backgrounds will fail to access tertiary education.

He said his argument was to ask the President and his colleagues not to reach a conclusion on Muthalikas’ decision without consulting their fellow students whom they represent.

“I was very shocked to hear Muthalika telling me to shut up without giving me a right ot be heard. I concluded that the President just wanted us to rubber stamp his decision, justified or not,” said Ayuba.

“We were there not to say our views but the students’ and for us to rush accepting the K50, 000 deduction as the President wanted was part of betraying our fellow students who are also affected by the current fees hiked,” he explained.

He therefore said the President should not think it is closed matter because they have not consulted their fellow students on the matter.

University of Malawi Students Union (UMSU) president Tiwonge Sikwese said “we are yet to meet with our fellows therefore it will be difficult to say something.”

During the meeting, Muthalika also ordered the the reopening of Chancellor College which was closed after the students’ protest.

Addressing the students before the meeting, Mutharika had however, stressed that fees in Universities should not be expected to be cheap arguing that learning facilities need to be of good quality and that University qualifications should meet international standards.

He said “We don’t want you to graduate as international rejects. I don’t want the international community of universities questioning our qualifications and you yourselves are not happy with some of the conditions and environment in which you learn. Most Malawians want us to improve our education.”

On the other hand, he appreciated the dialogue approach taken by the students in approaching him saying “breaking other people’s cars and burning your own hostels will not bring you any solution.”

The Head of State has since promised to look into the portfolio of mature entry students to see how the fee reduction would be effected according to Sikwese.

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22 thoughts on “Ayuba says Mutharika gagged students: ‘I was told to shut up’”

  1. Chitsilu says:

    Also. All you middle class malawians should know that this country is being destroyed by your own blood and flesh together with azungu getting the lions share.

  2. Chitsilu says:

    These are buladi drunkards whores and sex maniacs. Have you seen even one decent graduate?
    Join the president. Steal steal and screw the country from its backside!

  3. To Chodziwadziwa…kkk. what discipline were you pursuing in Oxford???? how was isis River before you left??? Your name is not in Oxford (Oxon)…kkkkk. you too is another brute..kkkkk. tag me if you want…kkk..maybe you were under distance learning.kkkkkkkk

    1. chodziwadziwa Bsc (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

      Mr Scotland Yard!!!…..Your comments just substantiate that you are one of those savages being bankrolled by political parties. Write something that we can appreciate not making scathing comments about people who are fighting hard for the common good of average Malawians. Let every Malawian enjoy his or her right to education. I did not appreciate your comments and that motivated me to pump some sense in savages like you who have never gone beyond a mere primary education. If you want to know when I was at Oxford write me and am free to provide such information. Your comments substantiate that you went through the trade-fair colleges not a public University. My foot!! Only those who went through real universities can understand what I wrote in that comment.

  4. Tadala Themba says:

    The fees should not have come down! These drunkards (aka students) also get MK50,000.00 per month as allowances. Are you sure parents dont have any obligation to lookm after their children at university! Nope! PEG THE FEES AT k500,00 per semister! nOTHING IS FOR FREE IN THIS WORLD!

  5. VYOTO says:

    IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE REGIONAL GOVERNORS OF THE KUDONTONI CALBRE RUN THE AFFAIRS,YOU ARE BOUND TO GET STUPID DECISIONS.MALATA SUBSIDY BEING PRIORITIZED AT THE EXPENSE OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION SUBSIDY. MY TAKE AND THAT OF MANY GOOD THINKING MALAWIANS IS THAT MK50,000.00 UNIVERSITY FEES REDUCTION IS NOT ADEQUATE CONSIDERING THAT WHEN THESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GRADUATE AND JOIN GOVERNMENT, THE GROSS SALARY IS AROUND MK200,000/MONTH.SALARY OF SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AT GRADES AS HIGH AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR IS AROUND MK600,000..THIS IS THE TIME WHEN PETER MUTHALIKA SHOULD DEMONSTRATE TO MALAWIANS THAT HE IS INDEED A PROFESSOR NOT LIKE MR KUDONTONI OR SANGA OR THAT OTHER THYOLO MP WHO GOT HIS MSCE WHILE A CABINET MINISTER!!!!

    DICTATORSHIP SHOULD NEVER BE TOLERATED, WE ALREADY FOUGHT IT AND WON IN 1992-1994.BY THE WAY THE PROFESSOR PRESIDENT WAS NO WHERE NEAR THEN!WHEN OUR KIDS GO BACK TO UNIVERSITY, THEY SHOULD START FROM WHERE THEY STOPED,AFTER ALL UNIMA IS FUNDED BY OUR OWN TAX MONEY NOT PETER MUTHALIKA’S MONEY JUST LIKE THE MALATA SUBSIDY.

  6. PAUL(ATATE) says:

    PEOPLE, DON’T put the blame on the representatives. What Ayuba is saying is true, you can not tell the President your mind in his house, even PAC Leaders themselves when they go to meet the President they don’t speak what they had initially planned to say. it becomes a very intimidating situation. if the President was a man of understanding he would have let the Students express themselves freely wich was not the case here.
    It is now up to the other students to decide otherwise K350,000 is still on the higher side.

  7. To Nyotoman!!! Mark my words!!!!You cant talk evil of the Living God and be blessed…Never…Ayuba is ISIS period. Talk shit of your mother and prepare to go on empty stomach until such a day you apologize for being rude to your parent. President Prof Peter is well educated..please go and read his CV. In 2005 it would have taken a very fast reader 46 minutes to go through it. It was by far too richer than the late Secretary General of United Nations Dr Butlos Butlos Ghali of Egypt. Please do travel. In 1971 he was lecturing at London University College. Please feel grate for our President. In 1971 a black person from Malawi or Nyasaland to lecture at London was not a joke. Your Kamuzu never lectured in UK but was busy terminating pregnancies…..He is answering to murder charges now for killing unborn babies and after that he will start answering to crocodile death traps for his opponents before the famous Gadama murders. I have deliberately mention Kamuzu because you say Ayuba comes from Ntchisi from very poor family amagulitsa paraffin kuti apeze chakudya…kkk. I am laughing indeed..why??? a poor child decided to incite well to do children to destroy university property because he comes from poor family who depend on selling paraffin at evenings..is very justified indeed…he is very disgruntled for being too poor…why???? the answer to his poverty is KAMUZU Banda who had neglected Ntchisi District for 31 years..ooh yes. UDF came into power and what did we see???instead of Malewezi jumping on the opportunity to bring more developmental projects to Ntchisi he did nothing but chose KULAMBA ceremony dancing naked and kukwera muntengo NDAKUONA NDAKUONA. please Ayuba..if you indeed come from Ntchisi and you are very poor,,please dont start destroying government properties..they are for everyone and not for greedy persons like you and Chakwera. We know you went to meet Chakwera first before meeting with the State President and when you stated wanted to consult other students, the State President being a Professor at Law knew already that you wanted to discuss with Chakwera and Kabwira Jesse your fellow Chewas…shame on you..usaswe phale chifukwa ulibe mano ophwanyira mgome (chimanga chokazinga)…if you a very poor Ayuba go to MAGU (Malawi assemblies of God University it is for free since it is Chakwera’s property)

    1. Charlie Hebdo says:

      And he wastes our money to receive a very cheap honorary degree. For your own information many Malawians have lectured in London before. Everyone can make their CV long. It is all about content. Even Joyce Banda’s CV will be very long considering the number of lectures or public speeches she has given.

      1. Mwananyanian says:

        Please, do NOT mention Joisi Banda here, in this context! Chibwana eit?
        She doesn’t belong in the category of the educated. Her lectures are incoherent, secondary school grade, and almost invariably incoherent and amateurish.
        That is the truth!

    2. J. Chagoma says:

      Abwana mwamulankhulatu Ayubayu.

    3. Nganga says:

      so wat if the president is educated? does it give him power to intimidate people? its your mindset that kills malawi’s development. Do u think the fees hike is necessary while his government refuses to increase peoples salaries claiming that there is no money?. Dont be a hand clapper even when things are going wrong.

    4. chodziwadziwa Bsc (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

      This is nothing but hatred towards a young man AYUBA. You would have brought your facts well not venting anger on him with so much profanity. University of Malawi is a public entity not a party institution and Malawians, whether poor or rich have the right to express their feelings as regards to the fees structure. My understanding is that not everyone who is demonstrating against the fees belongs to the opposition party, some even voted for the incumbent president into power. It is a question of whether the fees are sustainable to an average Malawian. AYUBA might be coming from a poor family indeed but that does not mean you have to deny him his right to speak as a representative from the fellow student who will be affected by this unreasonable fee hike.The fees are affecting everyone irrespective of the tribal backgrounds and your comment is just a malicious attack on an individual and his tribe including a connection to the party which he may not belong to. And you may also get your facts quite well about Malawians who have been lecturing at the University College London (UCL) not London University College. You may wish to know that there are so many Malawians lecturing at prestigious institutions in UK and other countries in overseas like Thandeka Mkandawire who has been at London School of Economics for so long. Do not sow the seeds of hatred….By the way have you been to a public merited University yourself?

  8. Disgruntled Chanco Student says:

    I Ayuba should just shut. He should not try to to clean himself. He’s also part of the mess as he was part of the meeting. These so called our leaders were supposed to agree on one resolution before meeting the president and have one spokesperson to communicate the same. It a show of un-preparedness to have every student speak their mind right there and then. Further to that Ayuba should know that in any meeting on earth, you cannot all agree on one thing. You may hold different views but finally you go by the majority decision or consensus. Unless Ayuba proves to us that the consensus was against the K50,000 reduction, his claims are useless. Is Ayuba Umsu himself so that everyone buys his decision? Umsu has a number of leaders and they have to go by majority decision and not by Ayuba’s decision. What am saying is all students leaders goofed including Ayuba. They were all part of the meeting and hence part of the resolution. It would be understandable if he didn’t avail himself for the meeting. Ayuba should understand that we are in democratic dispensation and we go by majority decision. Or he must prove that the student leaders were intimidated, other than that, you all goofed. Next you student leaders remember to consult the elders before going for important errands. It doesn’t make sense as well what Ayuba says that he wanted to ask for time to go back and consult fellow students. You should have already consulted your fellow students before meeting with HE. You cannot expect to be meeting the HE now again on one issue. He’s a busy person. Be fair please. Just accept you all misused the opportunity.

  9. Mwananyanian says:

    Ayuba and co. should take this as a step, albeit a very small one, look to the future. One step at a time.Start right now negotiating with the government regarding the fee schedule next year and the near future. Even though the student leaders’ motives are noble (mostly), there is NOT much goodwill now regarding the strike. Most students and parents want to go back. And again, hopefully, grants, loans etc will be available so that students discontinue their studies for financilal reasons.
    Question: Why are mature students penalized, punished and abused by such exceptional high fees? Are they high maintenance in such a way it costs a university more to train them? Even if that was the case, it would make sense NOT to discriminate against them: their education advances this country no less than any one else’s. Someone should sue the university system for this inequity. Even pro bono; this is a good cause.

  10. be humane says:

    Ayuba, you mean makani onse aja umachita kunja kuno you failed to force the president listen to you? What a student representative we have. So you came out of the meeting and you want to incite your friends into violence again and you will be happy with that? Shame

    1. nyangula wyson says:

      MWK350,000.00 is a small amount, education is not about intelligence it is rather about resources. Others are paying it per semester. How special are you fokolo?

  11. Noxy says:

    The President has demonstrated his wisdom by choosing dialogue as the best solution than breaking glasses and damaging property.Keep it up my President.

  12. Stupid Ayuba the (ISIS) you cant talk to my President the way you incited other students to burn college facilities. Ayuba you are an idiot and you will be weeded. Mark my words. You will never graduate in this country. go and join ISIS

    1. Chalume says:

      Scotland Yard, you speak like a true Young Pioneer! We have moved on from politics of intimidation.

    2. Namuona says:

      Our President shouldn’t only compare costs of fees with other countries but also perks and economic status of our country. That’s why I often wonder whether he is actually a Malawian and that he thinks.

    3. Nyotoman says:

      Ayuba canont be weeded mark my words. If you look at this boy and where he has come from you will agree with me that he is there because of his hard working spirit. Maybe you know him through this media. but ask us amene takula naye limodzi kuyambira ubwana wake komwe kuchombo kapena kuti ku NkhotaKota kwa Kafita the guy is very brave. His hardworking is coming from that scratch family his parents depended on selling fish or matemba kapena kuti mnsegede or mafuta anyali to reach where he is. he has been inspired by poverty and what he is doing now is not for the sake of his on good but for 90% poor Malawians. He will always be regarded as a true Malawian heroe who has always been there for everyone. He is fighting a good fight you cant compare ISIS with a true son of Malawi who wants all the best for his country. That’s why most Malawian today are poor because the best is always and only for the rich people. But remember that what ever is yours will always be yours no one can take it away even if its in the den of the lion you will get it. You can weed him today but you wont be able to kill the voices of all the poor Malawian families. Today its him and tomorrow will be your grandsons or daughters. Ambuyetu amasintha chikwangwani zitsanzo mulinazo.

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