Bingu ‘frustrated’ with officers, Mikolongwe University opens 2012

The bureaucracy that ordinary citizens face while seeking assistance in various public offices has not spared President Bingu wa Mutharika who has been forced to come out in the open and declare his frustration.

Mutharika told hundreds of people gathered at Domasi College of Education in Zomba on Sunday during the graduation ceremony of secondary school teachers that he was frustrated with one of his own departments, the water development whose minister is Professor Peter Mwanza.

The president annoyance comes amid reports of delays by the ministry to connect water supply at the University of Science and Technology being constructed in his home area, Thyolo district.

Mutharika: I am frustrated

“Construction of the Mikolongwe University of Science and Technology is taking shape and I invite you to go and see the progress. If we can overcome the bureaucracy of the Ministry of Water Development, the university will be ready before end of this year,” said the President.

“I  am saying this publicly because I am frustrated. But am not saying it to belittle my own government department,” Mutharika said.

He said the Chinese constructing the university told him if water supply was connected at the site, the learning institution would have been ready for occupation by October this year.

Mikolongwe University

But President Mutharika expressed optimism that construction of the university would be ready before end of 2012.

The university, which was initially set to be built in Lilongwe before Mutharika shifted it to his home area, will have 3500 beds in eight hostels- four each for males and females.

All along government led by the president has been referring to the university as Malawi University of Science and Technology but during the event, for three times Mutharika alluded to it as Mikolongwe University suggesting that he might have changed the name.

Recently Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Pan Hejun, said the university, will have advanced facilities and will be among the best universities in Southeastern Africa.

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