University of Malawi delinking to proceed: Chilima meets Council again

The Malawi government will proceed to delink the University of Malawi (Unima) into three universities, a statement from the Office of the Vice President has said eventually pushing to the drain an argument from the Council of the University that the process was legally flawed.

Chilima: There have been consultations within the government hierarchy to affirm its position to proceed with the Unima delinking process
Official during the meeting with Vice President Chilima on Unima delinking process
Official during the meeting with Vice President Chilima on Unima delinking process
Official during the meeting with Vice President Chilima on Unima delinking process

In the statement signed by Vice President Saulos Chilima’s spokesperson Pilirani Phiri says the position by the government to proceed with delinking was  made on Thursday in Lilongwe at a meeting where  Chilima met with the Council alongside the Minister of Justice Titus Mvalo and the Attorney General Dr Chikosa Silungwe, among other top government officials.

“Today’s meeting was a follow up to the one held on 2nd February, 2021 which discussed the resolution made by the Council to review the process of delinking the University of Malawi.

“Prior to delivering its position today, there have been consultations within the government hierarchy to affirm its position to proceed with the delinking process,” reads the statement.

The statement says this means that the “the Ministry of Education will proceed to gazette the commencement date for the 2019 Acts of Parliament in line with Section 74 of the Constitution.”

The delinking of Unima is seen by a progressive process in increasing access to higher education and improving governance and operational efficiency in public universities in Malawi.

There was no immediate comment from professor Jack Wirima who chairs the council which passed resolution to suspend the delinking arguing that the decision was ultra vires in that the process was legally flawed.

It is expected that College of Medicine (COM) will merge with the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) to form a standalone university while the Polytechnic has proposed to change to Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences and Chancellor College will be University of Malawi.

Education activists have been advocating for the restructuring of Unima describing it as significant in enhancing educational growth among them high standards of academic leadership, financial independence, strong and world-class research as well as world-class academia.

Unima council had previously  endorsed the delinking of College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and The Polytechnic from Unima.

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Bank Mkhonde
5 months ago

Izitu zikusonyeza kuti a Tonse Alliance you are clueless. You are not sure of what to do to make things right. I wonder also whether the Tonse Alliance has the legal advisors to guide the leaders on their plans b4 they publicize them. Are you not ashamed to tell the nation that there will be no delinking and when Kondowe and his CSEC told you this is illegal, you are coming again to public to say we are proceeding with the delinking process. This is shameful! It is as if our government is being ruled by dunderheads only.

Covid should not stop development projects please!
Covid should not stop development projects please!
5 months ago

But seriously, why you gotta change the name of Polytechnic???

Aneneli Onyenga
5 months ago

Kodi dzikoli likuyenda bwanji? On one hand, the Nonse gafumenti led by Chakwerang’ombe is saying no delinking of universities. On the other hand, the chief liar Arafat Hamdan Chilima is saying delinking must proceed. Why the madness in all this? Chakwera must know that most of developmental agendas by DPP were top notch and very much liked by all Malawians. Trying to reverse them because of petty politics will surely backfire to Chakwera himself. DPP ilibetu nzake pankhani za planning and development. Fwetseke MCP.

ERUTU
ERUTU
5 months ago

DPP woyeeeeee 👊🏿🦆

Parallel Market
Parallel Market
5 months ago

This delinking issue yatikwana tsopano. I do not understand why it keeps on popping up. One thing is clear; there are others who do not want our Unima to be split. This issue is similar to the flag-gate scandal. It also went through a hurried process like Unima delinking and enabling legislation was passaed in Parliament but it was against the wishes of many people. In my opinion, Govt must tread carefully on Unima issue. It is clear that there are many silent voices who are against to this unilateral decision. Who did Govt consult to come with this idea?… Read more »

KWENGWERE
KWENGWERE
5 months ago

Sample used could not be representative of the population of Malawi as that would include the illiterates who make up more than 50 percent of the population. Clearly that would not make sense. This thing was discussed and views were sought from people including alumni of the UNIMA. So lates close this chapter.

Khumbuka wa Chiwengo
Khumbuka wa Chiwengo
5 months ago

Only if you are speaking as one in unima, you would say it was done against peoples wish, which i know you are not.

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
5 months ago

Zopanda ntchito izii >Ndalama zomwe mwaba zilikuti

Umboni wa Mwana
Umboni wa Mwana
5 months ago

Apa ndiye mwayamba kulankhula zonveka. the two registrars who were attempting to stop this duly approved process should see the exit door.

Mzeedi
Mzeedi
5 months ago

Theoretically, the mighty Democratic progressive party solved all problems facing Malawi, what was left is just implementation. And this smaller tonse alliance cannot afford to depart from such clear strategy. I doubt you will find any other party which such clear vision and blueprint. I salute my party of intellectuals which I love.

Last edited 5 months ago by Mzeedi
ERUTU
ERUTU
5 months ago
Reply to  Mzeedi

Malawi belongs to DPP or what. Please enlighten me on this.

johnM
johnM
5 months ago
Reply to  Mzeedi

Tell me what is the advantage of delinking the University. In my opinion, I don’t see the benefits, if the country was failing to develop one University. how will it manage these little ones sprouting?

Chilimadothi
Chilimadothi
5 months ago

Mr know it all will soak food instead of eating. VP yekhayu unima delinking, yemweyu public reform, iyeyo health services reform, iyeyu economic planning, iyeyu Covid19 allowance reform.

ERUTU
ERUTU
5 months ago
Reply to  Chilimadothi

BOMA ILO 👊🏿🇲🇼

Khumbuka wa Chiwengo
Khumbuka wa Chiwengo
5 months ago
Reply to  Chilimadothi

Ochatsika paja anati sadziwa kanthu ndiye osalima ndamene azipanga

Marcopolo
Marcopolo
5 months ago

A country of ALLOWANCES….all you wanted were allowances. This was already concluded and one wonders what new discussions came up…Surely the gazzetting never needed any meeting but just phone calls and emails….but because ours is a Chicken Republic we had to eat three allowances….

Solubala
Solubala
5 months ago

Akulu akulu. Just improve education standards sizopusa mupanga apadzi. Kuvundula madzi basi. Kutha ndalama kukambilana zinthu zopanda pake nkumati mwagwila ntchito

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