Mulhako wants Uta as Mzuni Vice Chancellor

By Nyasa Times

The Mulhako wa Alhomwe heritage group has allegedly infiltrated the Mzuzu University Student Representative Council (MUSREC) by taking advantage of the students perceived discontentment and funding them to call for the resignation of the university’s top brass, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Sources said the grouping is pushing for Librarian Professor Joseph Uta to be Vice Chancellor and Dean of Education Doctor Golden Msilimba as Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Associate Professor Orton  Msiska is the acting Vice Chancellor in the absence of Vice Chancellor Professor  Landson Mhango who is receiving  medical treatment in the UK.

Mzuni librarian professor Joseph Uta

It is believed MUSREC has so far received MK500,000.

MUSREC President Charles Kajoloweka was vague when contacted to clarify the allegations.

“Take it the way you like,” Kajoloweka said, before cutting the line.

Four weeks ago the students asked for the immediate and unconditional resignation of the University’s acting  Vice Chancellor Associate Professor Msiska, University Registrar Reginald Mshani, and Director of Finance and Investments Catherine Kazembe within 14 days saying they were extremely convinced that the said key principal officers had miserably failed to provide leadership in the running of the institution.

Nyasa Times  source also said the students are using the three top officials as a scapegoat.

The students also reiterated their call when they met the University’s Council a few days. But the Council promised to look at the concerns raised by students, but said it needed more time to look at the issues, as the 14 days given by the students was not enough.

“It’s all to do with nepotism. They want these people because Mzuni refused the quota system and they want to punish it for that,” said the source, who works there.

According to the source the grouping is incensed with the fact that none of their ‘own’ holds even one of the top positions at the institution.

The source also said the group is even boasting that it has managed to get a foothold in many government and quasi government institutions in Malawi hence there was no need for Mzuni to be a stand alone, “without a Mulhako controlling the state of affairs”.

“Every institution has problems and we don’t think Mzuni’s problems are worse or unique. They are blowing these out of proportion because this group is giving them money to keep the pressure on. That is very unfair,” he said.

“Those that want the top positions must wait for their contracts to finish so that they can apply and not start something like a resolution using the students,” said the source.

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