‘CHANCO, POLY MUST NOT CLOSE,’ HIGH COURT

The Council for Malawi University announced on Sunday that it would seal the campuses of Chancellor and Polytechnic colleges by Wednesday 5pm following the lecturers’ lectures boycott in protest against lack of academic freedom in the country.

Oddly enough, the lecturers, represented by Bright Theu and Dr. Garton Kamchedzera, an associate professor of law at Chancellor College, challenged the Council decision at Zomba High court today and the injuction has been granted that the colleges should not be closed.
The lecturers presented an argument in court that they were not on an industrial strike but that they boycotted classes because their work environment was not safe.

The presiding judge, Justice Mwase, concured with this argument saying that withdraw from any unsafe work environment is not a violation of any labour laws of the land.

And he warned the University of Malawi Council to obey court orders and not to have the luxury of being in contempt.

In his comment outside court,Theu said the ruling by the court means “nobody can force lecturers to go back to class.”

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