Mzuni‘s Wazamazama criticises state of education: Petition against Mutharika over Oxford University address

Mzuzu University (Mzuni) Students Union president Wazamazama Katatu used the a two-day Sixth All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference organised by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) in Blantyre to criticise President Peter Mutharika and his administration on the state of education in the country.

Mzuni Students Union president Wazamazama Katatu: Concerned with state of education in Malawi

Katatu said public institutions of higher learning in the country were facing many challenges but that President Peter Mutharika who is also Chancellor is not offering a solution or help “which is very much frustrating university students.”

He said: “Particularly when we hear that the whole sitting President and sitting Chancellor can stand on the public [podium] to say ‘am not the solution’, we get very much demoloralised.”

Katatu added: “Is President still relevant to continue as Chancellor of public universities?”

Said Katatu: “Visibility of chancellorship should not only be during graduation ceremonies but offering solutions”.

He branded the current state of academic affairs total disaster indicative of a failed, careless and clueless political leadership

Said Katatu: “The President has failed and should pave way for others”.

Katatu made the remarks at the conference which was  attended by a  high-powered government delegation comprising 11 officials including  Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu, Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango, director of communications for the State Residences, Bright Molande, chief presidential adviser on domestic policy Hetherwick Ntaba; presidential adviser on religious affairs Timothy Khoviwa and presidential adviser on civil society and non-governmental organisations Mavuto Bamusi.

Meanwhile, there is a circulation of a petition which has gone viral on various online forums asking students of the University of Malawi (Unima) to petition their fellows at Oxford University not let President Mutharika address them.

Mutharika will address the Oxford University students union – one of the world’s oldest – on Friday.

In the petition, being championed by a number of education think-tanks and rights activists including Billy Mayaya, Unima students are being asked to question Mutharika for accepting to address Oxford University when Chancellor College – a constituent of Unima – has remained closed for more than six months, and he has failed to address various grievances raised in numerous appeals directed to his office.

The grievances are supposed to be addressed through [email protected].

Reads part of the petition: “He is presiding over a government that is impeding academic freedom and the right of the university to carry out research. This is evidenced by the government’s recent condemnation of the recent Afrobarometer study of the State of Governance in Malawi.

“Additionally, Malawi’s political social economic status has been severely affected by the lack of transparency and accountability in the use of public resources and increased corrupt practices evidenced by the withdrawal of donor support.

“As civil society, we believe that it is hypocrisy for the President of Malawi to paint a rosy picture of the otherwise pathetic state of Malawi’s crumbling education, agriculture and health sectors.”

But Dedza East lawmaker Juliana Lunguzi expressed indifference as regarding the petition arguing Mutharika should be allowed to address the students union.

“Let him speak at Oxford rather the request should be to ask APM his opinion about the current strike. How about that? …. Fine let the students ask him what he thinks as a champion of education in Malawi and Youth Champion in Africa when he can’t mediate on the current standoff,” argued Lunguzi.

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6 years ago

All your arguments including Wazama are irrelevant. APM told u clearly he is not the solution to all ur university crap….and I agree…play ur politics with ur education and u will end up half baked graduates who are not competitive at all and some unfortunately will finish their education 6 years later instead of 4. We say the president has too much power he shades some power to university council and Wazama plus some crap fellas want the president to have all the power…incredible crap….

6 years ago

Katatu my advise is get slow your pace on political matters , your still young think of how Chasowa disappeared in this world…. the party your playing with is very dangerous. .. open your eyes and see where you’re going

6 years ago
Reply to  Seko

Seko I know your paid to trash everything that good people who which malawi we say. Stop your nonsense and love your country. Ana a chanco akuvutika

6 years ago

Well said Wazama, its time to wake up and call a spade, spade! Wazama dont be intimidated at all. Enough is enough he the president failed miserably as Minister of Education, so he cant make as Chancellor at all….

6 years ago

Uzamenso kachinayi kungozama katatu basi, takunyadira umatiimilira.

6 years ago

He addressed Oxford University when in his country even a pupil at primary school is being denied education because of his indecisiveness

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