APM dissolves University of Malawi Council; Orders Justice and Education Ministers to mediate standoff with academic staff

President Peter Mutharika, who is the Chancellor of the University of Malawi (UNIMA), has dissolved the UNIMA Council with immediate with effect in an attempt to bring sanity between the Council and academic staff of the university.

Minister of Edication Fabiano and dissolved Unima Council at the news briefing

Chancellor College (Chanco) has remained closed for close to seven months after the academic staff demanded harmonisation of salaries in all Unima constituent colleges.

According to a statement signed by Presidential Press Secretary, Mgeme Kalirani, the reconstituted Council will be announced soon.

Mgeme further said in the statement that the labour dispute betwen the concerned parties will be mediated by the government.

The announcement comes barely a day after President Mutharika held discussions with the representatives of Chancellor College Students’ Concerned Parents at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

The concerned parents mentioned to Mutharika, who is the Chancellor of the Unima, that they were disappointed at the prolonged labour dispute between the Council and the academic staff at the Chancellor College.

The parents indicated that they were further disappointed with the apparent failure of the Council of the University to resolve the dispute on time.

They said as much as they are aware that the legal mandate to manage the University of Malawi rests in the Council, they nonetheless asked the Malawi leader to help in resolving the matter.

And following the meeting, President Mutharika has directed government to mediate in the labour dispute between University of Malawi academic staff and the Council, “having noted that Council and its Management are failing to resolve the matter”.

According to the University of Malawi Act (1998), the direct management of the University of Malawi rests with the University Council supported by the Vice Chancellor and his management. This legal framework also applies to other public universities in Malawi.

“Consequent to the President’s directive, Government invited and met the University Council, Management and representatives of Academic Staff to agree on the steps that will ensure that Chancellor College opens with every expedition possible.

“Therefore, a Taskforce comprising representatives of Council and Academic Staff, as previously agreed upon by the Council and Academic Staff. The discussions of the Taskforce will be facilitated by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology; and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in order to ensure continuity of the first meeting held on 16 June 2017.

“Also attending the discussions will be Secretary to Treasury, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, and Comptroller of Statutory Corporations,” said Kalilani.

He said with task force in place, the President hope the involved parties will reach a common understanding and re-open Chancellor College.

“The President therefore places his confidence in the Taskforce and the process they have agreed upon to resolve the situation in the University of Malawi,” he asserted.

Education Minister Emmanuel Fabiano, who addressed reporters  in Lilongwe] after meeting representatives of Unima academic staff and Unima Council on Friday,said: “ A s government, we are equally concerned that this issue is taking too long to be resolved. However, from this meeting we just needed to find out from the council and academic staff where the problem lies [and] after that we have agreed they should meet on Tuesday when we are hoping that tangible results will be reached at.”

The stand-off over salary harmonisation took a twist recently when Ccasu rejected Unima Council’s proposal to refer the matter to the Industrial Relations Court (IRC) on the basis that both parties had not yet commenced dialogue on recommendations made by arbitrator Modecai Msisha.

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35 thoughts on “APM dissolves University of Malawi Council; Orders Justice and Education Ministers to mediate standoff with academic staff”

  1. bwampini always sleeping on the job, tsoapno. it would have been good and made sense if the whole stupid goofernment of professor bwampini and his cronies was entirely dissolved!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Alko says:

    Ali ndi charger cha nokia cha mutu wa ung’ono andibwelekeko 2minutes

  3. Chaka says:

    Let Chanco open while discussions are taking place between representatives and the appointed group.We will save lost time.

  4. Douglas Ndindi says:

    Going through the article and comments, it appears that everybody agrees that Chanco was closed in March 2017. We are in June 2017, which is month number six of 2017, and yet people (educated people, mind you!) are saying that the college has been closed for seven months this year alone. Can someone enlighten me on the kind of Arithmetic being applied here?

  5. banda says:

    A bwitibwiti!!!! If you can’t understand a thing better be quite than making worse than foolish comments. A grasshopper brain is bigger than yours. University lecturer is an educated fool; really? Don’t know the conditions of service; really? Remain bwitibwiti. kkkkkkkk

  6. Rift Valley says:

    Too little too late indeed. I personally think he could have done something long time ago, say being briefed by the council. It didn’t require parents to plead with him.

    Let us also not forget PAC is breathing down on his neck.

  7. and why dissolving the University of Malawi Council? Could we say it was incompetent? I think HE is dissolving the council just to be seen to be doing something, unless if maybe this was done after the council was investigated and found to be incompetent.

  8. The Jupetters says:

    hahahahahahha, APM said it and i quote, ‘not eberything has to come on my desk’, asking the job of the council. I am made to believe that the council has failed and failing the Chancellor who is the President of the country. Government must be aware that opposition political agents are all over in the government systems, doing all they can to disrupt all government achievements, . Many of them are at Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) who are instilling in the youthful CEO, the ideas that are unpopular and irrational to the economic situation of the country. Beware and only listen to the pains and needs of the people some of whom are your relations. Mr President, 2 points for firing the council that is full of MCP stoogies, akugwetsani.

  9. Gas Machine Head says:

    I keep reading this seven months (7 months). When was Chanco closed by its management? Is it 7 months ago? CHANCO’s new calendar was expected to commence on 21st March, 2017. When you do your math, does that take you seven months? Makosana ndi makosikazi and Nyasatimes reporter Yankho Msukwa, please know that the continuing students were on holiday from early January until March. The college also from 10th March, received new students (freshmen). They had orientation until when the learning calendar was about to start. That was when lecturers downed their tools. March 21st to date cannot be seven months. Please!

  10. Bwana presidenti mwachita bwino. Pali ena akutumidwa ndi andale omwe cholinga chawo nkubwezeretsa maphunziro pambuyo. Pakupha nyani sayang’ana nkhope. Zikomo kwa onse omwe akumapereka ndemanga zothyakuka osati zakanundu( fodya). Zokambirana zabwino zipitiire mpaka ma university atsekulidwenso ana anthu akapitilize maphunziro. Mulungu akudalitseni.

  11. Thyolo Thava says:

    Kuopa PAC deadline …………………pitala hmmmmmmmm Ngolongoliwa

  12. Maunits says:

    Flex I am sorry with you and I think you don’t know what you are saying. The hub of Malawi economy lies on education. If the whole Chancellor is saying today that he has dissolved the council it is very unfortunate and unbelievable we don’t have servant leadership Malawi. That is why you see Malawi Chancellor addressing oxford university not Unima shame and then you ask same Malawians vote me for the second term for what for closing Chanco a gain.

    1. Malawi is not only the poorest nation on earth but the most failure state in the world. What has Malawi achived under DDP? Problem lies in lack of knowledge of majority of Malawians especially poor ones Who dont see What is happening only see What they are cheated development. Why African poor people dont fight for their better life? WHY? instead of demanding for Jobs they help thugs to steal and get rich. Malawians are different from other Africans. I went to Zambia they asked me why we voted for someone who has not stayed in the country for decade? I had NO answer cause I did not vote for Peter.Tribalism and regionalism is the reason why Malawi is having bad leaders. Look at MCP now they want to remove Msowoya because of he he is from North but accept an asian muslim. How do MCP expect to get votes from North? Stupid people. Its better we just give a british to run the nation on contract. Iam sure he can make this country more prosperate. We have failed. We have to admitt it.

  13. Chifundo Chogawana says:

    Being the chancellor he just needs to make a decision other wise we should wait for another 7 months for mediation.

  14. Chifundo Chogawana says:

    7 months is un necessarily too long, he just requires to make a decision in his jurisdiction as a chancellor

    1. Mtonga says:

      What decision? be specific!!!!

  15. mmc says:

    The President understands governance system that is why he does not want to put his nose into everything unlike most Malawians who wants everything to be done by the President, then why are we all here? We say the President has too much power, we have a President who is giving back the power you accuse him of auto pilot incompetence and all those unnecessary words you call him….crap people!!!! Incredible

  16. falliot says:

    halfloaf is better than none,,go on APM

  17. Mzika Yeni Yeni says:

    A Malawi , I feel very sad when I read some of the comments. Ena are supporting the President and yet he has stayed 7 Months hearing of this same story. And you say he was waiting for concerned parents to meet him so that he can dissolve the Unima Council. Really ?? And you say this is the best Leadership Style??? Nonsense.

    Firstly all these are Presidential appointments. So all these guys can not work on their own. Can not make any decision without the appointing authority ( The President) even if they know the solution.

    Secondly if, they gave the solutions on their own , they were afraid they would be kicked out because they were going to tell him the truth which he ( The President) does not want to hear.

    That is why I have always advocated that “Let us have an Independent Appointing Bureau if we want things to change in Malawi”. Imagine the whole Fabiano, Highly Learned is proving useless for 7 Months. Are we serious?????

    Ndiye panopa mukuti a solva??? You will ask me.

    The ONLY solution is this whole Government be DISSOLVED!!!! Basi!!!!!!!

  18. If he is chancellor 7months were many months to just seeing and watching this mess. He is overall boss. He would act swiftly to save sinking Unima if indeed he is chancellor by virtues not by ghostworkings. If he was recieving allowancrs for post, where were allowances from and for what? Was he monitering what is going on? Was he performing his duties as Chancellor? Incompetence cannot be denied here.

  19. bwitibwiti says:

    I understand that lecturers at COM who are eligible for 40 percent, they sign for it when accepting the appointment.Do the job regulations of these so called learned CHANCO lecturers contain the article for 40 percent? Why crying for a good conditions of service that are not described in your ‘Conditions and regulations of services’ which you signed when signing for appointment on day one? Thus why these educated fools are refusing to meet the council at the court. Can Council just drug these guys to Industrial Court for justice? Any organization has right to sue and be sued. If the government dares to bow to demands of these homos, then remember that the government will be acting out of CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, then the supporting staff for UNIMA will be ready to demand that 40 percent as well. Again the COM lecturers will withdraw their services to government hospitals since this will be given to everyone even those lecturers for physics and biology in the UNIMA. Its not strange for the same employer to give different benefits to workers with similar qualifications. Thus why the word collective bargaining and collective agreement found their way into HRM dictionary .Lecturers at CHANCO should be aware that there several factors that determine emoluments or salary in simple terms.

    1. Maggie says:

      Silly reasoning and very poor english…. no wonder. It is sometimes wise to keep quiet if issues being discussed are way beyond your comprehension.

  20. Mwanakhu says:

    This is another demonstration of indecision. We don’t run government by taskforces. This group will take another 8 months before agreeing that they have failed to agree and round and round we go. What incompetence!

    1. Mtonga says:

      Mukanakhala inu mukanatani @ Mwanakhu? The presidents powers are limited by law! You want him to be a dictator mawanso mudziti the president has dictatorial tendencies? Munasankha nokha democracy live with its shit!!!!

  21. Tchutchutchu says:

    7 months not knowing why was going on fr the unvsty being closed? Zoona izi? Kulakwatu a president ndithu! Mesa inu NDE wankulu kusukulu zawu kachenjedezi ? 7 months osadziwa kanthu? Mmmmmm very bad.

  22. Flex says:

    Sometimes we should not pile everything on the president. We are not progressing in almost everything because we always wait for the Head of state to act. What is University council there for. Even a simple corruption issue we calling the for the president while ACB is there phwiiiiii. Let’s wake up it should start with us. Bwana just dissolve all these useless committees / councils which are not capable of performing

    1. Gwanyanya says:

      Do you even know what you are writing? Or you are just one of those who sold their intuition for sympathy?

    2. Igwe says:

      Damn fool. Even Joyce Banda wamandazi could not allow the University to be closed for 2 weeks. Palibe leadership apa basi. Lazy bones

  23. Tenzi Mzungu says:

    Private public universities thus the only answer

  24. Chambe says:

    Seems people do not understand this President. He pursues Leadership of non interference respecting the authorities responsible. He was just waiting to be approached hence why he has acted swiftly just after. Some have complained about lack of Leadership in him but this is just another type of Leadership that works for him and after three years, numbers are showing positive for him. Good for him; bad for those that wish him bad.

    1. Gwanyanya says:

      Coz he doesn’t have any vision for this country. If one has a vision they would not allow anything that delays them from seeing the vision come true. Our president doesn’t know where to take this country to that’s why he plays no inference tactic just to waste our time. BTW he is not a leader, he just occupies a leadership position. He has no attributes that qualifies one to be a leader.

  25. DPP Mbava says:

    Too good but too late.

  26. Clive Jedidia says:

    Too little too late. What happens when you are the most powerful man of the land? Do you just watch and wait for people to ring alarm bells for you to aid them? Auto pilot government is dangerously going haywire. But then we know we can do better next time.

    1. Chamunorwa says:

      There is nothing called to little too late. Its important that dialogue has started. Hopefully this will bring normalcy to this madness.

    2. Mtonga says:

      What did you want him to do Clive Jedidia? Fire the lecturers? Bow in to their demands? what specifically do you want the President to do? Osamangobwebweta when ypu very people want the rule of law and want the economy to be on track!!!

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