University of Malawi alumni to fund raise for Poly

Some members of the Polytechnic Alumni have started meeting to strategize on raising funds for rehabilitating infrastructure at the constituent college of the University of Malawi.


Mijiga: Help in the cause

The first meeting took place at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre on Monday evening where In attendance were the Vice Principal Dr Nancy Chitera, Registrar Margaret Longwe, The Students Union President, students and alumni -Hannock, Ng’oma, Joseph Chafumuka, and Rachel Mijiga among others.

Chitera told the meeting that the alumni have been invited to the golden jubilee celebrations of Unima and Polytechnic scheduled to take place from 21-26 September 2015.

She also hailed the alumni for the fund raising initiative saying this will go a long way of maintaining infrastructure at the College.

“The Polytechinic was the first to open its doors in 1965, so this place holds a special history as long as tertiary education is concerned the country,” she said.

She said the Anniversary celebration resource mobilisation committee has incorporated people from the industry which include Old Mutual General Manager Edith Jiya, Candlex Limited’s Director of Operations and Marketing Fredrick Changaya and NedBank Head of SME and Retail Banking Stanley Mkwamba, all alumni of the Polytechnic.

Longwe told the meeting that the college has embarked on tree planting exercise as part of mantianing the environment which it operates in.

She also said a football match between the old players for University Football Club namely Hannock Ng’oma, Phillip Madinga and Khwesi Msusa has been lined up to play with the current crop of the club.

The Alumni pledged to lobby with groups like Malawi Institute of Engineers, CIM Malawi Chapter, ICAM (Institute of chartered accountants in Malawi ) and organisations like the Telecom companies, Auditors Delloite, KPMG, Price Waterhouse, Banks as well as the alumni in the diaspora, to help in fundraising as the Polytechnic feeds into these organisations.

One of the Alumni Rachel Mijiga’s asked fellow alumni to help in the cause.

“In the fury and jungle of getting busy with our lives and occupations, we often are guilty of joining the ranks of those who ask what Government or those in authority are doing to take the nation forward, INSTEAD, of asking ourselves “what am I or have I done for my country…” said Mijiga, now Head of Enterprise Business at Airtel Malawi

Date of next meeting is on Monday, 30th March 2015 at Blantyre Sports club and all Alumni are encouraged to attend.

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Where do we start to be alumni? What about primary,secondary schools? Those who hv gone up must go down to the roots first. Our primary and secondary schools are in pathetic state.Tione kaye kumene tachokera like the scenario where a teacher is sleeping in a toilet


Ine sindipereka nawo! I already pay heavy taxes part of which goes to Poly.


If the whole Malawi could think like this, most of these primary schools could be well taken care of. We are just a heartless self serving jealous bunch.

This is fresh wave of thinking, will sure be there ku meeting imeneyi!


good move Poly! Chanco should do the same


Start by paying back university loans and repair cost for the damages caused by your strikes. Am sure that is more than contributions of 5000 kwacha etc.

Alex Likoswe

Good idea. Let the priority long term pressing needs be catalogued and costed. Them be looking for innovating ways of financing


Good idea ladies and gentlemen. If we raise more, we can as well give scholarships to the most needy students. I will support you with one million kwacha and will attend the meeting on the 30th March. Good luck. Let us do it.

Poly wa pamwala

Khwesi is not a Poly alumnus!!! He will bring you guitars!


This welcome news but please when are you coming to Lilongwe so that we can also contribute? We want to be part of it.


dont they get funding from the government apart from this spirit of dependency.Heish malawi ndi zothandizidwa…..

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