High Court upholds Mzuzu University students suspension

The High Court in Mzuzu has upheld the suspension and other penalties which Mzuzu University (Mzuni) handed to nine students suspected to have taken a key role in demonstrations that allegedly cost the institution over K40 million, rejecting the students argument that the decision to suspend them was illegal because it was made by a disciplinary committee which was improperly constituted.

Mzuzu based Lawyer George Kadzipatike of Jivason and Company:  We will appeal

Mzuzu based Lawyer George Kadzipatike of Jivason and Company: We will appeal

Justice Dingiswayo Madise has ruled that the disciplinary committee was properly constituted, since a quorum was formed and correct procedures were followed during hearing.

“It is not the duty of this court to make administrative decisions. Our duty is to check that public bodies charged with a public duty follow the law in arriving at a decision. In these premises the motion for judicial review against the decision of the Respondent to suspend the Applicants must fail,” said Madise in his determination delivered on Tuesday.

Mzuni suspended 12 students following the riots on on November 29 and December 1 in 2014.

A disciplinary committee recommended suspensions ranging from one to two years, withdrawal from university accommodation on return from suspension, and payment of fines for the offences and the damages caused.

But nine of the 12 took the university to court through private practise lawyers Moses Chinkhuntha and George Kadzipatike.

The two lawyers have hinted that they will seek an appeal.

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11 thoughts on “High Court upholds Mzuzu University students suspension”

  1. Bongwe says:

    ndipo akanawamanganso,our lawyer will appeal for custodial sentence

  2. Kkkkk Suspension Is A Begining Of New Life, Mr Kazipatike I Hope U hav Learn Something,,,,

  3. Jones wanzeru says:

    My lord well done where do our son/daughters will go if the destroy universty properties nanga nanu munakaononga bwezi ena akupitako ku college well done my lord K40m now dayz its alot of money

  4. Mbuya says:

    Ana apa university kuzitama kwambiri koma pocket money timachita kuwapatsa as if there is none above them

  5. Yesaya says:

    Yea, mwagwa nayo, bravo your lordship Madise. This is a wake up call to chanco and poly. Akakhala ma lawyerwo zao zilibwino adya zaudzu tienazoni zikapezeka. Apange appeal mudyenso zina. Mbuzi za wanthu. Zimaona ngati kuphunzira pa University ndie kuti zafikapo kuposa ngakhale ma lecturers awo

  6. noreply says:

    Ok.

  7. Pena anasukulunu mumanjeza suklu yonse inu12ndye kut muli ndi nzeru kwambiri?Ndyeno nzanu ayamba ntchito inu simunamalize mayeso anunso siiakunja atha kukupanganirani nkukupangani chipongwe.nanga atakusaplisan olo kukuwidan court lingalowelele za internal affair ya university?

  8. Maliseni says:

    BRAVO JUDGE FOR SETTING THE RECORD STRATIGHT, A SCHOOL IS A LEARNING FACILITY AND NOT A DEMONSTRATION AVENUE. BRUTS SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR LEADING FELLOW FOOLS INTO DEMONSTRATION, ANA ENA AKAPHUNZIRA KUTI MUKAONONGA ZIPANGIZO. BAN THEM FOR GOOD.

  9. test says:

    Iwe Madise adzakhala ali wako mwana

  10. moffat lungu says:

    We don’t want students like the ones who were key to destroying government property because they drank beer and caused the damage. Let this be a lesson to all students in the country. Malawi is not ready to accept such nosense because the students can go to court. Never… University students are perceived learned and therefore resolving conflicts through negotiations is key and this must be at their heart all the time and not damaging property of innocent people. never and never in Malawi.
    Good judgement Madise and keep it up for the good job.

  11. John says:

    these lawyers are the ones who are perpetrating hooliganism in the university by defending the students even when it was clear they were in the wrong. How do you explain the K40, 000, 000 damage Mr Kazipatike

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