Mzuni sends 945 students on suspension, lawyer says illegal 

About six hundred government sponsored students at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) have been sent on an indefinite suspension following mayhem they caused over “insufficient meal allowances,” Nyasa Times has established.mzuni

Exempted from the suspension are self-sponsored students and, first years who began their studies in September this year.

 Nyasa Times journalist Pius Nyondo in the Northern Region city of Mzuzu said “students went rowdy following a disagreement on how much they should receive as allowances in the month of December considering the fact that they were only supposed to be on campus till the 19th.”

He added: “They acted on the issue so irrationally to the extent that they went on the streets causing mayhem on a Saturday.”

The students wanted full monthly allowances of K40 000 each, a demand management branded as unjustifiable and had, instead given out K20 000.

Apparently, so Nyasa Times understands, government ordered all institutions of higher learning to start implementing a new system of disbursing student allowances which requires that the allowances be paid based on the period the students are on campus.

A memo issued and signed by the university registrar Vyson Jedegwa cited “barricading motorists on Karonga-Mzuzu M1 Road and sexually harassing members of the non-academic staff” as some of the main reasons for the suspension.

The memo had more than twenty other counts and did not indicate when the students would be coming back on campus.

An attempt to get an injunction through Mzuzu-based law firm Ralph & Arnolds hit a blank wall as Mzuzu High Court judge is said to have refused to grant the students the relief.

Meanwhile, a hearing is scheduled for tomorrow on the same; and, that will determine way forward on the fate of the students.

The students were supposed to finish the semester by the 19th of December.

Twelve students were arrested in the process and charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of peace, northern region police publicist Maurice Chapola confirmed to Nyasa Times.

Mzuzu-based private practice lawyer George Kadzipatike has since condemned Mzuni decision to suspend  government-sponsored students without disciplinary hearing, arguing the decision is illegal.

According to Kadzipatike, the law requires that students go through a disciplinary process before being suspended. He said Mzuni’s decision is misguided and unlawful.

He also wondered how the university could suspend all the students without sieving those who were not involved in the riots.

Mzuni vice-chancellor Robert Ridley said they  wanted to shut the whole school “but it would have been unfair to the self-sponsored students.”

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25 thoughts on “Mzuni sends 945 students on suspension, lawyer says illegal ”

  1. Not good at all.Everywhere money to be the causative.Kodi tinene kuti Mzuni staff irandiranso half salary chifukwa choti the semster ithera pa 19 dcember?

  2. PEPANI ENANU MWAFERA ZA ENI.

  3. Kholowa mkabudula says:

    Let’s be honest here,do you discipline innocent pipo? I believe there should be one or two who has been suspended for not taking part in the protests. If he was your son would you be happy with that? I can’t argue for them who we’re rioting they deserve it, but the innocent, l feel sorry for them!

  4. otchukayo says:

    kodi makolo ena mumaganiza ngati osazindikira bwanji? a munapitapo ku xul koma? a school has rules n they say one cn notvbe suspended before goin through disciplinary, ana ena achotsedwa osalakwa n u hape abwt that… think twice before putin down ur useless comments… mind u not all who are at unima are intelligent other are more dall bolanso aku mzuni .. ena anapita ku unima becoz makolo awo ndioIwika nde saying aku mzuni ndima residue ndiuchitsiru chabe in other words kusazindikira… ifenso makolo athu misonkhoyo amalipira nawo… they shud hv considered omwe sanapange nawowo…

  5. otchukayo says:

    kodi makolo ena mumaganiza ngati osazindikira bwanji? a munapitapo ku xul koma? a school has rules n they say one cn notvbe suspended before goin through disciplinary, ana ena achotsedwa osalakwa n u hape abwt that… think twice before putin down ur useless comments… mind u not all who are at unima are intelligent other are more dall bolanso aku mzuni .. ena anapita ku unima becoz makolo awo ndioIwika nde saying aku mzuni ndima residue ndiuchitsiruvchabe in other words kusazindikira… ifenso makolo athu misonkhoyo amalipira nawo… they shud hv considered omwe sanapange nawowo…

  6. msirkal says:

    silly idiots, go back to school or tell your parent to give you the money! retarded imbeciles,do you know how much we are paying on misonkho?

  7. Eliam k says:

    Mzuzuso nde chani mmesa ndi TTC mbuzi za ana ife tikulila pano ndi misonkho, stupid

  8. NGANGA says:

    Very good to suspend them. Stupid students they should receive allowancer from their parents. Zitsiru misonkho ikhale yotsekera mseu. Foolish and idiots

  9. college of medicie says:

    mbuzi za ana. ana opanda nzeru. ma residue a uee. dont u knw that u receive the money based on the days u have spend at xul. tell me a scenario where people have been given allowances for 2 weeks on a one week workshop. achita bwino kukuchosani. munakangotseka xul yonse for one year bwana ridley

  10. naneso says:

    TAKHALACHA WINA MALAWI, FUMU YITOVWIRE, BULEDI K300, SHUGA K500,MASAMBA YA TEA K500.

    NACHEPA INEEEE, MSONKHO THWAAAAA

  11. Education system of malawi,,Very poor

  12. Lud says:

    This is just the beggining, alot is coming. Watch out gvt!

  13. mvundula says:

    NUMBER 5, YOU MEAN THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH RIOTING STUDENTS IS ILLEGALLY AND UNCONSTITUTIONALLY SUSPENDING THEM? I THINK YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A LAW SCHOOL YOURSELF! IF YOU HAD KNOWN THAT THE TIME THE STUDENTS WERE BEING SUSPENDED, THEY WERE NOT RIOTING AT ALL, I HOPE YOU WOULD HAVE NOT MADE THE COMMENT! THE SUSPENSION IS ILLEGAL! IT IS NOT IN LINE WITH THE REGULAYIONS GOVERNING MZUNI! IT HAS AFFECTED INNOCENT STUDENTS BECAUSE NO HEARING WAS CONDUCTED TO FIND OUT WHO WAS AND WHO WAS NOT INVOLVED. THESE INNOCENT STUDENTS WILL HAVE SPEND A YEAR OR MORE HOME BECAUSE OF THE UNLAWFUL SUSPENSION. THE LAWYER IS RIGHT!, IN MY VIEW

    1. Chikopa says:

      Kodi fees yawo amalipira ndani? If Government then issue of Law should not apply here. If a teenager boy decides to shit in the Kitchen would it require parents to hear the side of the story before chasing the child out the house. Humanity and love should be above law. Law is for criminals. Mzuni students were not eating sweets when they were told to go. Discipline them to the fullest and Malawi will be okay.

  14. Clueless Leader says:

    Osadandaula, muzayamba kupitanso kusikulu, MCP kapena PP ya JB akuyiopayi ikazatenga Boma.

  15. mlonyeni says:

    Nanunso inu mulibe mfundo apa,,,,, alomwe alomwe nso chani? Pakukambidwa za quata apa?

  16. Ineyo says:

    Palibepo nkhani apa. The loan application forms explicitly say that the allowances are on a pro-rata basis. Why do the students want to change conditions they have already agreed to? Also, how do you bring 900+ rioting students into a disciplinary hearing?

  17. Galu wapananji says:

    Ndikawonetsetsa vuto si ana asukulu omwe apangitsa zonsezi,koma anthu omwe anaba ndalama za boma aja,{cashgate}nde chofunika nkungowakhululukila achinyamatawa kut abweleleso ku sukulu.

  18. towards next 50yrs says:

    Self-spousered students were also involved in the mayhem.

  19. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    LAWYER G KADZIPATIKE MUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL-U CANNOT GIVE A HEARING TO RIOTING PPLE.

  20. Havez al Sahalaaw says:

    Ndiye ana a school amakwana mu ka Mzuzu University mwationetsaka? Mubwere ku Thyolo kuno ndidzakupatseni mashed oti ana aziphunziramo. Si grocery ya Mopiha pa Ngamwani iyi?

    1. mpho says:

      alomwe ndinu mbulidi eti, quota system hasnt helped you at all. cant you see that this is a “gateman’s house”????????????????

  21. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    A black future for Malawi. It is the only country where students are drunk on campus and out of campus, where youths shout obscene words, where smoking, including indian hemp is common, where you practice immorality openly, where youths never respect elders, where a large number of youths are thieves, where crime and hiv-aids are rampant, where self-made poverty and laziness are visible, where fear of God and evil doing are clearly manifested. Something VERY drastic needs to be done, otherwise future Malawi is a calamity.

  22. Hoza John says:

    Third Law of motion.

  23. Chuma chobisika says:

    Dziko labvuta iri ananu dziko liribe ndalama anthu anaola ndalama zonse ziri m’matumba awo. landirani zochepazo basi nanga mutani. aphunzitsi aganizireni anawo pokwabwezeranso kusukulu akhululukireni mabvuto onsewa akuchitika chifukwa cha boma lathu [ cashgate bambo yanyamula zonse}

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