Mutharika appoints new University of Malawi Council: Maida is Chair

President  Peter Mutharika has appointed a new University of Malawi (Unima) Council with Dr James Maida  as chairperson of the board.

Maida: New Unima Council board chair

Mutharika, who is also Unima Chancellor, hired the new Unima Council barely four days after dissolving the previous one in an attempt to bring sanity between the council and academic staff.

According to the statement made available to Nyasa Times  signed by Chief Secretary to the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) Lloyd Muhara,  the new chair Maida has replaced Professor Jack Wirima.

Maida, who was serving as chairperson of the board for National Herbarium and Botanic Garden,  will steer the  re-opening of Chancellor College, a constituent college of Unima, which had been closed for months.

Apart from Maida, President Mutharika has also appointed  Videlias Mluwira, company secretary at Nedbank (Malawi) Limited  and Professor Lewis Mughogho as members of Unima Council.

According to the statement, the Unima Council has 21 members, two of them in co-opted capacity – Controller of Statutory Corporations and Secretary for Human Resource Management Development.

The members include Unima Vice –chancellor, principals of the four colleges of Unima, two members to be appointed by the council, four members appointed by the senate and two members appointed by Unima students union.

Others are one representative of the ex-students association, Secretary for Treasury and also Secretary for Education, Science and Technology ministry.

Meanwhile, the statement from Muhara says Maida has been replaced at National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens by Professor James Bokosi who has been appointed by President Mutharika to be the new chairperson of the board of directors.

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Iwe PITALA the President, wamuiwala ankolo wako George Chaponda mu Kaunseloyo kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk


You are missing the point because these people are not appointed to perform but to represent the south. Dr Maida is okay as long as he doesn’t go back to his antics when he was PS. Don’t forget Dr Banda once interdicted him but he is educated he can guide the council although sometimes the central govt must come in as it is they who have answers. Congrats Dr Maida and your gang


Congratulations Videlia


Nice move Mr. President, there’s a say that a BAD beggining usually has a GOOD ending…. BRAVO!!!!!!

Keen Observer

Mr Bernard Sir, just try to take your time to find out who is Dr James Maida? Then when you find out who really Dr James Maida is then you will put your worries to rest. For some of us who know this gentleman from the time when he was the Officer -In-Charge of Bvumbwe Agricultural Research Station under Dr Kamuzu Banda we have no doubts that he will perform his duties efficiently. He is the guy that gets things done.

che siliasi

Looks as a serious man by face!!! We used to have serious faces headmasters, during those days and every body too life seriously!!! Good lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


kkkkkk Yes Bernard ukuyeneradi tikuphunzitse, kkkkkk. being board chair doesn’t neccesaliry mean u sld specialist for that governing authority. you can be a banker and govern the education sector so long as u have administrative skills.


Well done Mr President. But you should work hand in hand with these people. Vuto la Ku chanco latitopesa kulibwino timve Zina komanso anawo mudziwamvesa madandaulo awo, osati poti ndiana Basi kumangowafinya ayi. Munthu umaphunzira 4 years not 6. Maphunziro ndiye tsogolo la aliyense even inuyo had it been simunaphunzire sibwenzi mulipa mpando muliwo.
I command sanity in this institution.

Alfred Minjo

Achimwene a Benard, just wait and see. Mwadya mfulumiratu bwana!!!!!


Nice move! I hope sanity will return in the running of CHANCO!

But then, the guy was chairing National Herbarium chakutichakuti, that bungwe doesn’t tick, or someone school me on what it is doing pa national level, will he make CHANCO tick, coupled with all the politics surrounding the running of that institution?

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