Mutharika says he’s not responsible for Malalwi ‘varsity decisions

President Peter Mutharika has said he is not responsible for the day to day decisions of public universities where he is chancellor.

President Mutharika: I'm not responsible for day to day decisions

President Mutharika: I’m not responsible for day to day decisions

Mutharika said this on Thursday  when he was inaugurated Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST),whose idea was conceived while he was minister of education science and technology.

Opened on October 24, 2013, MUST which has has 950 students , has so far graduated 23 undergraduates and 25 post graduate students.

The inauguration at Ndata campus in Thyolo comes at a time when four public universities remain closed due to various problems and critics are blaming the president for indecisions.

“University councils and management make decisions for the day to day running of our public universities,” he said.

Chancellor College, Polytechnic, Mzuzu University and Natural Resources College were closed for various reasons, negatively affecting the education calendar of the universities.

He said he can only intervene on public university matters when councils have failed to make decisions or resolve issues.

“I have complete confidence on the governance and structure of the public university councils,” he said.

 Mutharika said that government is not there to micro-manage or impede the autonomy of universities but provide necessary guidance so that universities achieve their visions.

“The university is run by the law and by law there are establishments such as Chancellor, Council and administration. As a chancellor, my duty is to guide the vision of the university, ensure that the university has sound leadership that manages the affairs of the university on behalf of government. We can come in where there are situations where university management cannot make decisions on its own,” he added.

His comments come at a time when some public universities have been closed for six months mainly over fee hike disagreements between students and councils.

In his speech, the Malawi leader also called on citizens of the nation to start believing in themselves and do more in advancing technology and innovation.

“Science and technology used to be part of us before colonisation. We used to be more creative in making resources that helped in our day to day lives. Let’s embrace the spirit of self-independence. We must be producers and exporters of technology and not consumers and importer of other people’s technology,” said Mutharika.

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kamangadazi
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It is BETTER to ABOLISH that CRUEL & OPPRESSIVE POLICY which the Comptontroller of Statutory Corps Implemented that ‘NO INCREMENT for Statutory Corps’. That is the ONE which BRINGS PROBLEMS TOO.

mtsogolerileri
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If the president does not want to the responsible person he should do what other developed nations do chancellor is NEVER a whole president or prime minister. That is why the country is failing to develop kuphangila mipando which you are failing to manage. Chancellors should be some independent person who can easily interact with the university council in solving issues of this nature. Inu a president should give direction where necessary. Don’t you know what leadership is all about giving effective and correct direction. Osati direction yakuba koma developing the country. If you cannot to do quit.

mavuto malawi
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Do u think APM cares Who go to scchool or not? His children or grandchildren will never come to Malawi and go in school. The man came to Malawi to live luxiouly life. Which or where have u heard a president hire a jet plane from Qatar to go and get him from USA? Do u know how many miles from Qatar to USA and back to Malawi cost? Not even Kamuzu Banda or Muluzi did that. Especially this time of economic problem with hunger can a leader Who cares for His people can Do that. Malawians what is wrong… Read more »
mmc
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We want the president to have less powers…but when a challenge crops up we want the president to have all the powers! Incredible that! Surely he is not the holder of all wisdom! My take is the president be it Peter or any future president should let governance structures established by law to do their job efficiently not only when it suits the President. Come on Malawi, If LUANAR is operating right now..what is worng with MZUNI, CHANCO and POLY!

BIMA
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DEAR MALAWIANS;
ZIKAFIKA POKANILANA TIMATI _______???

MAYI KUUZA WANA KUTI TIKUVUTJKA PAKHOMO PANO KAAMBA KA BAMBOWA
WANUWA

BAMBO NAYENSO KUUZA WANA KUTI TIKUVUTIKA PAKHOMO PANO KAAMBA
KA MAYI WANUWA

WANA AGWIRE ZIIITIZO ???
AYENDERE YOTIYO ??

NILIBE POLOBOLEMU !
MUSOVA !!

ANALYST
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Ukukhala ngati ukuuza ana bwanji iwe bwampini? Which University Council can make decisions which are against you the “Appointing Authority”? Mxiii, uzinamiza agulugufe omwewo, enafe ayi!

sammys
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he is right

sammys
Guest

the president is right

Mwananyanian
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APM is right on this: we should expect Councils to resolve most issues involving these institutions. These Councils paid to do the managing. Otherwise, we should rightly ask if they are there only for prestige and to collect allowances. It is definitely wrong to expect the President, any President, to usurp the administrative responsibilities. Furthermore, the President should stop occupying these positions, which are nothing but only titulary. Kamuzu Banda set a bad precedent here: his assuming the Chancellor positions of every university was political; nothing else. One way to keep every one under his thumb – and everyone, including… Read more »
Cheyo the real northerner
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Cheyo the real northerner

I can see some gists in your comment more especially on president leaving the leadership of chancellorship.

chakaziwa
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APM says he is not responsible then who is responsible? As a leader he can order the person or minister or question why it is like that? When he was minister of education during his brother , he did not solve the problem which is similar to what is happening now. If he can not solve the education problem when he is a president and could not solve when he was a minister then he is a failure as a leader. Education is very important for both the students and the nation. It never happened during Kamuzu Banda. Why now?… Read more »
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