University of Malawi’s influential Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (CCASU) has helected new leaders with Dr Ken Lipenga Jnr ushered into the top leadership role .
Lipenga takes over from Dr Symon Chiziwa. Other past chair of CCASU includes Malawi’s renowned trade unionists and industrial relations experts Sunduzwayo Madise and Dr Jessie Kabwila, the Iron Lady who is now spokeswoman of opposition Malawi Congress Party.
The union led academic protests that lasted for nearly a year during the rule of the late Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika.
In the new committee, other members are Dr Anthony Gunde, Dr George Kayange, Esela Munthali, Dr E Ngwira, Dr Charles Fodya, Dr J Chitsanya and Kambombo Mtonga .
These members were elected at a CCASU general meeting on 17 March 2016.
Meanwhile, students were set to vote for Sylvester Ayuba James Chanco student union presidency.
Our correspondent on the ground reports that Ayuba got the students’ approval when he unpacked his manifesto to the students yesterday night much to the ululation and hand-clapping of the not-so-easily controlled jam packed Great Hall.
“It is a defining moment for us as we are facing serious challenges requiring a focused and visionary leader, a tried and proven fighter to bring back the glory of Chancellor College,” a third year bachelor of education science student said.
“Issues of tuition fees remain a concern of almost every needy student and its only Ayuba who can make us feel as students of the mighty Chancellor College once more,” said one of the students on campus who simply identified herself as Martha.
After Ayuba’s bashing of the current regime in a contribution he made in the Education Inequality debate at Chanco’s Great Hall organized by OXFAM recently which was broadcasted live on both Zodiak radio and TV, the regime has been fighting to have him not elected students leader, labelling him an opposition member.
In his contribution Ayuba is said to have faulted government on practicing appeasement politics in the disbursement of the student loans noting that loans were granted to sons and daughters of top government officials leaving out the bright needy students whom the loans scheme is intended to benefit.
Sylvester Ayuba James is a third year law student at the college and says he is apolitical.