Students at the University of Malawi are in celebrating mood after the High Court dismissed an application by the university council to have the students injunction dismissed.
If the court dismissed the students injuntion, the students would have been compelled to pay K1500 each for damaged property during a violent protest mainly at Chancellor College over disagreements in fee hike.
Judge Redson Kapindu said the University of Malawi application lacked other important facts.
“The students facts are valid,” said Kapindu as he dismissed the council application.
“My sense is that considering that the respondent (Unima council) has already employed human and material resources in preparation for the reopening, it would be prudent to proceed with the reopening as already scheduled, subject to the orders that this court has mde” said Kapindu.
He ruled: “All in all, the respodnent’s argument in this regard lacks merit and it is dismissed.”
This means students at Chancellor College and other constituent colleges of the University of Malawi; Polytechic and Kamuzu College of Nursing where violent protests occured will no longer be required to pay the K1500 each student for the damaged property.
Government raised the University of Malawi fees from K275000 to K400000.
However, after the violent protetsts, President Peter Mutharika ordered the fee reduction by K50000.
After the readmission forms were released, Chanco students through their student union leader Sylvester Ayuba James expressed dismay over the college’s decision.
Ayuba is on record to have openly challenged the management for introducing the K1500 fee toward renovation of the damaged property.
He further accused management of blocking them in voicing out thorny issues by making the students sign the condition forms.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :