Mangochi Secondary School students riot, torch dining hall: 162 boys suspended

Irate students at Mangochi Secondary School went on the rampage on Saturday evening and set ablaze their dining hall and storeroom to protest against poor diet.

School damage

The school has since suspended 162 boys pending investigations into the damage. The girls did not take party; hence will continue with the classes.

In an interview on Sunday, the school deputy head teacher Amina Morris Gama confirmed the incident, saying the estimated value if the damage was K14.5 million.

She said: “Of the suspended students, 10 were handed over to police for investigations. They are suspected to have masterminded Theriot.”

During the riot, the students also said they were not happy with the school fees increase and they alleged that some funds meant to improve the school infrastructure were mismanaged.

In a separate interview, Mangochi Police Station spokesperson Rodrick Maida also confirmed the incident.

Witnesses said the students went on the rampage around 8pm and chanted songs against the school authorities for allegedly mistreating them in terms of poor diet.

“they chanted tatopa nidkudya nemba tsiku ndi tsiku. Tikufuna tididyanso nyama chifukwa  mdandanda wa madyedwe pali nyama [ We are fed up with having beans daily. We want meat as prescribed on the menu],” said the witness.

Some community members rushed ti the scene and helped put out the fire.

The deputy head teacher said the suspended students are expected to pay for the damage by December 4 2020, and that they will only be readmitted when they return to school with their parent and guardian.

Mangochi Secondary School is a district co-education boarding secondary school owned by the ministry of education.

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Phyot Olera Kun Yini
8 months ago

These are the seeds which Chakwera, timothy mtumbo and mwakasungula planted in this country. Contact and dialogue were replaced with destructive demos by these three morons.

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
8 months ago

Zoona zeni zeni ndithudi

Pastor Laston Nkhoma
Pastor Laston Nkhoma
8 months ago

I enjoy Nyasa Times

Pastor Laston Nkhoma
Pastor Laston Nkhoma
8 months ago

It is only true media here in Malawi

Lego
8 months ago

On a point of correction,these are not students but pupils rather.

Yakobe
Yakobe
8 months ago

You pay less than K100 000 for a term of 3 months and expect to be eating beef.And you don’t want any increase in your fees. Whom do you expect to be paying for your expense.

Khekhi
Khekhi
8 months ago

Ana anasiku ano.. no capabilities of conflict resolution. Kaya mmakomomu anawa tikumawaphunzitsa chani?

Kambewa ngozo
8 months ago
Reply to  Khekhi

Yee
When I was in secondary school in those days we used to eat nyemba and Ngaiwa the whole year. Komanso zimatiyanja. Timanenepa. My advice is work hard so that one day you will be able to eat Nyama the whole year.

Hora
Hora
8 months ago

The structure had nothing to do with the poor diet, the student should have engaged in discussions with the administrators and PTA,in order to adress the problem. I think its high time perpetrators paid for the damages and immediately after be dismissed.

tuntufye
tuntufye
8 months ago
Reply to  Hora

kuonongeranji sukulu anzawo akuphunzira panja, anawa tikuyenera tiwaphunzitse violence imabwenza mbuyo zambiri.

lockdown
lockdown
8 months ago
Reply to  tuntufye

Koma inu mukungoona kukamba, mwafufuza kuti anawo sanadandaule kaye asanapange? Nthawi zambiri amakhala ma prefect apereka madando awo koma ma managment ena amakhala stubborn. Mumvatu kuti zinthu zasinthako kumeneku with the very same resources. Anthu ena amamva nkhwangwa iri mmutu.

Khekhi
Khekhi
8 months ago
Reply to  lockdown

Still breaking things is not the solution.

mtumbuka woyela
mtumbuka woyela
8 months ago
Reply to  lockdown

but @ the end students & parents suffers,mind you its a Govt property which means they will be receiving their salaries while parents will be required to fetch money for school fees & school maintainance while anawa azindoyenda ndi ma bluetooth radios mu miseu umu nthawi ndikumawathera.

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