Parents of over 20 arrested Polys tudents hold vigil at police station

Over 20 parents of arrested Malawi Poytechnic students have camped at Blantyre Police Station to force authorities release the 14 students who were arrested on Friday night following violent protests over fee hike.

Police arrested students after holding demo

Police arrested students after holding demo

The parents action is an indication that they are behind their children’s demand to have the hiked fees dropped.

Spokesperson of the parents, Harvey Msokera, said the police have harassed the parents, threatening them with guns and showering them with insults.

He also alleged that the police have been pouring water into the police cells where the students are held.

“They have been intimidating and harassing us, forcing us to sleep at the nearby Wenela Bus depot on Saturday but today (Sunday), we will put up at the station, they can kill us all if they want,” said Msokera.

Southern region police headquarters spokesperson James Kadadzera said the police cannot allow vigil outside the police station, saying this caused a security risk.

He said the students, who have been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace, would be taken to court on Monday where they can seek bail.

Chancellor College Students Union Tionge Sikwese spokesperson said the fee hike was unreasonable and incosistent with the current poor state of the economy.

The Polytechnic has since been closed for end of year holiday whilst Chancellor College was closed indefinitely for violent protests.

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Respurces students are writing year end examinations whilst College of Medicine students are on year end examinations.

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4 thoughts on “Parents of over 20 arrested Polys tudents hold vigil at police station”

  1. the private legal council representing the 20 parents stay tuned

  2. jussa joni says:

    Close poly, chanco, com, bunda and kcn and demolish these campuses . We dont need these institutions. The students are very lazy and like binge drinking plus uhule too much. I was listening to Youth Radio (Yoneko) in Zomba airing that 80% of Chanco students have gonorrhoea (chindoko, mabomu chizonono), syphilis and hiv plus stds. just imagine. rotten students they move with condoms in their wallets and pulses. fools

    1. Philosophucal Obsever says:

      Contradiction: They move with condoms and have STIs? do you mean they don’t use them? why they move with them. You lack facts because you have never be a UNIMA material.

    2. chimbatata says:

      you must be stupid. you mean finding a condom in one’s wallet or a pulse is wrong? this means you are swimming in a pool of ignorance! they are thinking of their protection pamenepo mbuzi iwe. shaaaaaah, please never again expose your umbuli in public

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