Six Kamuzu College of Nursing students arrested: Riot police battle protestors

Riot police in Lilongwe have succesfully crashed a fee hike protest by Kamuzu College of Nursing.

Police move in to quell the situation at KCN Lilongwe Campus - Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Police move in to quell the situation at KCN Lilongwe Campus – Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

The police fired teargas, scattering the students before they were confined into the campus.

The police heavy handedness follows the students decision to block the way into the central region only referral hospital, the Kamuzu Central Hospital.

The students who started the protests as early as six in the morning, blocked the way to the hospital, chanted songs and told motorists they would not get into the hospital.

However, within one hour the protests were over after the riot police came to the college and crashed the protests without much resistance.

The students said they were protesting against the college fee hike.

At Kamuzu College of Nursing Blantyre campus, the students said they will go ahead with the protests despite the Blantyre City Council telling them not to do so.

Students Union leader for Kamuzu College of Nursing Blantyre Campus Masambiro Msiska said demonstrations are a Constitutional right and would disregard the refusal by the Blantuyre City Council.

Students at Chancellor College and Polytechnic also protested against the fee hikes.

The University Council recently proposed a fee hike in all the University of Malawi (Unima) constituent colleges.

The current fees for all Unima colleges is K275 000 ($380) and the proposed fees by the University Council are K570 000 ($788) for Chanco, K610 000 ($843) for the Polytechnic and Kamuzu College of Nursing and K760 000 ($1 050) for College of Medicine.

However, government approved K400 000 ($552) for Chancellor College, K450 000 ($622) for KCN and Polytechnic and K500 000 ($691) for College of Medicine.

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7 thoughts on “Six Kamuzu College of Nursing students arrested: Riot police battle protestors”

  1. Anti-John says:

    Joni! Che Joni, why are you speaking from the bottom? Don’t you have a mouth?

  2. john dont copy and paste acronymys or slogans wen yu do not kno the meaning behind the proverb in this case am reffering to yo ” if students feell university fees is expensive try ignorance”………..have yu eva tried ignorance yoself ? do yu kno wat ignorance is ?have yu eva bin at the university yoself? stop this rubbissh ……..if yu have nothing to say kip quite ………………..that is a proverb used by cowards like yoself nd not self intellectual like other peoiple ………………………….

    1. November Rain says:

      It clearly shows that John has never been to any university, let alone, any high school. Otherwise, could have realised that such careless comment as his/hers; is a show of untold levels of ignorance in him/her.

  3. Costly Gochisale says:

    Bwampini wa Mutharika Ali mmadzi!!!

  4. The Analyst says:

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    “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” – Ronald Reagan (40th President of the U.S.)
    . . . Yes, fee-hike is not a bad idea, as failing to do so, may impact negatively on quality.
    But the amount by which it has been raised, and the manner in which its done; are just as bad.
    . . . Nanga, how does anyone justify a more than 100% increment?
    Why not raise the fees within limits and with sense of reasonableness?
    . . . Why not have a plan that will see fees hiked annually but slowly?
    ………………………………………………………………………..
    And its sad to hear some people justify the fee-hike in Malawi by reminding us how expensive tertially education is, in the U.S. and the U.K; yet in the said countries . . .
    . . . students loans are abound in banks and that its easy for students to work to finance their studies.
    . . . the education standards (facilities, infrastructure, resources e.t.c) justify the fees.
    . . . minimum hourly wage is a cool £7.2 per hour (£6.7 if below 25 yrs), in the U.K (i.e. for ntchito zosadziwika bwinobwino) yet in Malawi its K17,000 per month (about £17).
    Such comparision only shows how some people are easily betrayed by their own thought process.
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    . . . Truth is, such a fee-hike will marginalise the needy students. Now, how shall we break the poverty or ignorance cycle if only a selected few shall have access to education? In the long-run, Malawi stands to lose out, since a population which is ignorant is dangerous. We are creating a dangerous country for ourselves.
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  5. john says:

    IF STUDENTS FEEL UNIVERSITY FEES ARE EXPENSIVE, LET THEM TRY IGNORANCE!

    1. mike says:

      True

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