Malawi Muslims to open university, television

Malawi Muslims have announced that their plans to open a university in the country to promote modern education among Muslims will have to come to fruition and that they should also establish an Islam Television station.

A communiqué issued by the Muslim Supreme Council of Malawi, the Muslim Association of Malawi, and the Qadria Muslim Association of Malawi at the end of this year’s National Islamic Ijitimah prayers at Kamuzu Stadium, agreed to mobilise resources for the establishment of a Muslim University.

The idea was promoted in previous Ijtima by former Head of State, Dr Bakili Muluzi, a devout Moslem.

Malawi’s VP Kachali and Muslim leadership at the Ijtima

There are currently church-run universities which include the African Bible College, the Livingstonia University owned by Church of Central Africa Presbytery, Seventh Day Advetist University and Catholic University.

There are also three state universities: the University of Malawi, with five constituent colleges and Mzuzu University.

According to Muslim officials, the university would also seek to provide Islamic education to anyone interested and would welcomes students with an interest in Islam from among the larger non-Muslim community, and even offer them a chance to earn a degree in Islamic studies.

The opening of more universities in Malawi is likely to reduce the stampede for university places among students from different regions. This resulted in state-run universities introducing an unfair quota system based on a student’s place of origin.

“We wish to request Government to consider including qualified Muslims into various positions. Many have papers and qualifications but the opportunities are lacking,” reads the communiqué in part.

The Islamic community also bemoans negative reporting in the country’s media about their faith and agreed to lobby for freedom of broadcast for Radio Islam

They also want the establishment of other Muslim radios and television stations.

The Muslim community also agreed to engage health authorities for the establishment of healthy service facilities country wide.

Vice President Khumbo Kachali pledged government’s continued support to the Islamic community assuring them that issues raised will be considered.

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