Off the wall of Dickson Kashoti: Not only fees must fall, cut widespread poverty and inequality 

I knew President Peter Mutharika would order the reduction of the University of Malawi student fees by K50 000. He had done so when Mzuzu University was on fire on the same. Very  sad that the University of Malawi has a reactive Chancellor instead of a proactive one.

Feee must fall campaign

Feee must fall campaign

Mutharika is able to employ more waiters for his dinner table, buy more vehicles for his larger than life convoy, have a new banquetting hall, all at the expense of poor but intelligent and hard working students.

What he has done is too small, too late.

My first question to the Chancellor is; has he proved beyond doubt that the opposition was behind the protests? A talkative cabinet minister told us through MBC and Zodiak that the government had evidence the Chancellor College union leaders received money from a South Africa based opposition leader, the most talkative cabinet minister Malawi has ever had and will not have in any near future, claimed the government knows where the money was paid in South Africa, who paid, and who allegedly bought beer and marijuana for the students.

Now the president has given in to the students’ demands, what will become of this mouthful person masquarading as a cabinet minister? Resignation is the catchword.

A cabinet minister should not be an embarrassment to or for the president and the government.

The cabinet minister is a cancer. The cabinet minister speaks before thinking.  Am however extremely  happy that His Excellency President Peter Mutharika (May peace and grace of God be upon him) has endorsed Malawians’ Fees Must Fall Campaign.

I also salute all those who braved the tense situation to protest peacefully against the unreasonable fees hike at the University of Malawi. I also thank the police for swallowing their pride by sending 50 officers to protect four protesters in Blantyre.

That protests have been done peacefully in all the four major towns and cities means Malawi has come out of age. This means the violent cadets have no place in peaceful and democratic Malawi.

I know how the loyal presidential aide, Ben Phiri was brutally abducted from Mount Soche Hotel and savagely assaulted by some misguided Peoples Party Orange youths. I know how he forgave them soon after the DPP took power. This makes me think the DPP learnt a lesson out of that episode and will never engage in any stupid, violent manners to surpress dissenting views.

By now, everyone knows the job at Kamuzu Palace is like Siku Transport philosophy of here today, there tomorrow, very unpredictable in unpredictable political landscape of Malawi!

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