Mzuzu University has new vice chancellor: Professor John Kalenga Saka

Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has announced the hiring of Professor John Kalenga Saka as the institution’s vice chancellor to replace Dr. Robert Ridley who “withdrew” his services in 2017.

Prof John Kalenga Saka

In a communique signed by Mzuni’s acting registrar, James Kwilimbe, and dated May 15, 2019, Saka brings with him “admirable experience gained through his long service both as a distinguished academic and manager of higher education.”

According to Kwilimbe, Saka is expected “to report for duties once he clears with his employer, the University of Malawi, where he was Vice Chancellor.”

His predecessor, Ridley, withdrew his services from the institution five months after his reappointment by President Peter Mutharika.

In a letter to Mzuni council chairperson, Rex Harawa, Ridley said there were delays associated with the appointment process which illustrated a systemic failure.

“…the extensive delays associated with the process have demonstrated a systemic disrespect for the office of the VC and under these circumstances, I no longer feel that I can commit myself to the position…the cumulative delays have led to an untenable situation, hence my decision to terminate the process,” Ridley had written.

But Saka, among others, takes over an institution that is struggling financially with an intermittent disbursement of its K400 million monthly subvention since February.

He was born in Malawi and educated at Chancellor College, University of Malawi and the University of East Anglia (PhD, Chemistry).

Saka subsequently became Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Malawi in 1986 where he became a Professor in 2002.

He was installed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malawi on 2 December 2013 and is also chairperson of the Malawi National Examinations Board.

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Mdala
Mdala
1 year ago

Bring it back to the levels of Prof Mwanza ..congrants!

Mulomwe
Mulomwe
1 year ago

Exit Professor Saka enter Peter Mutharika next Vice Chancellor of University of Malawi – ZombaZomba

Balakasi
Balakasi
1 year ago

From University of Malawi to Mzuni? Really?

Mulomwe
Mulomwe
1 year ago
Reply to  Balakasi

What’s wrong with Mzuni? I thought your mighty UNIMA is crumpling in our eyes. Congrats Professor Saka.

John Good
John Good
1 year ago
Reply to  Mulomwe

kkkkkkk…”clumpling”?…..

Mulomwe
Mulomwe
1 year ago
Reply to  Balakasi

What’s wrong with Mzuni? Mumanamizana kwambiri kuti ndinu. Mzuni is even better than Unima. Can’t you see that Unima is crumpling?

jogoda
jogoda
1 year ago
Reply to  Mulomwe

what is making unima clumbling. i hope mzuni will not.

Bobly
Bobly
1 year ago
Reply to  Balakasi

Yes, where else did you want him to go? The man is old and and he cannot go back into classroom to lecture so working as VC at Mzuni will do him more good.

ndatopa
ndatopa
1 year ago

Congratulations Ada Saka, Long over due!

The Sage
The Sage
1 year ago

Congrats Prof. Saka. You are a real professor unlike the Mutharikas. Continue leading by example for the Malawian children

BBC
BBC
1 year ago

CONGRATULATIONS PROFESSOR. TAKE MZUNI TO GREATER HEIGHTS, YES YOU WILL!

Mpamira
Mpamira
1 year ago

Congratulations Prof for a well deserved appointment. Wishing you all the best. You served UNIMA with distinction and its my hope that will do the same Kukaya uko.

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