Over 20 parents of arrested Malawi Poytechnic students have camped at Blantyre Police Station to force authorities release the 14 students who were arrested on Friday night following violent protests over fee hike.
The parents action is an indication that they are behind their children’s demand to have the hiked fees dropped.
Spokesperson of the parents, Harvey Msokera, said the police have harassed the parents, threatening them with guns and showering them with insults.
He also alleged that the police have been pouring water into the police cells where the students are held.
“They have been intimidating and harassing us, forcing us to sleep at the nearby Wenela Bus depot on Saturday but today (Sunday), we will put up at the station, they can kill us all if they want,” said Msokera.
Southern region police headquarters spokesperson James Kadadzera said the police cannot allow vigil outside the police station, saying this caused a security risk.
He said the students, who have been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace, would be taken to court on Monday where they can seek bail.
Chancellor College Students Union Tionge Sikwese spokesperson said the fee hike was unreasonable and incosistent with the current poor state of the economy.
The Polytechnic has since been closed for end of year holiday whilst Chancellor College was closed indefinitely for violent protests.
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Respurces students are writing year end examinations whilst College of Medicine students are on year end examinations.