The sensation tabloid,Weekend Times on Friday reported that the increasing number of hostels in the residential areas of Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre is causing havoc in some families as wives complain that their husbands are cheating with the hostel occupants, mostly females college students.
“These students are all over the place hunting for men. I have now caught my husband twice with one of these students. The next time it happens again I will beat her,” the paper quoted one undisclosed source as saying.
“They come here and eat all the money their parents gave them for tuition and up-keep and they start flirting with married men to give them money.”
According to the tabloid, husbands lie to their wives that they are going to local pubs to watch English Premier League Football when in fact they are visiting girlfriends at these hostels in the neighbourhood.
“I think parents need to sit down with these students before they send them to school. Most them are good girls when they go home but when they are here where there no parents they join their friends into misbehaving. I don’t think they can excel,” the paper quoted the source.
These hotels are mostly in residential areas of Chinyonga, Soche East, Naperi, Chitawira, Kanjedza and Mount Pleasant.
The wives are however calling on the authorites to close the hostel, saying they are turned into sex venues.
The paper quoted one of the students, speaking on condition of anonymity, saying:“How can one tell that this man is married or not? I think the students are just scapegoats. If their marriages are on the rocks they should not blame it on students. We are here for education full stop.”
The weekly also quoted Blantyre City Council CEO Ted Nandolo saying it is illegalfor anyone to change a house into a hostel without the council’s approval.
“A hostel is designed with specific safety measures as such any building that is being turned into a hostel must adhere to those designs.Besides any house or hostel has a maximum capacity of people it can accommodate based on safety measures,” said Nandolo.
“The procedure for all education institutions is that they seek the approval of the Council before erecting a hostel to ensure that safety measures are adhered to.If some people are turning houses into hostels without the approval of the Council, they are doing so illegally,” he said.
Nandolo said the council officials will do inspection and if found that some people had turned houses into hotels they will take o take action.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :