Fire, suspected to have emanated from an electrical fault, has gutted Mzuzu University (Mzuni) library, costing a loss of hundreds of millions kwacha worth of books.
The fire started at around 02:00 hours Friday and the Mzuzu fire brigade failed to contain.
It was unclear whether the students, who were sitting for end of semester exams and were expected to finish Fridayafternoon, would keep on with the exams.
Student union president Katatu Wazamazama hinted that the exams would “go on.”
Vice Chancellor Robert Ridley described the development as “sad” and “disastrous” in his address to the students immediately after the inferno.
Meanwhile, students who still have university books in their custody have been asked to return them.
A memo signed by the assistant registrar (student and academic affairs) Alfred Gunda also called on students to be on the look-out for those with intentions to go away with school property.
The Malawi Police Service has been deployed at the institution’s strategic exits to search all bags and vehicles leaving the institution.