Chanco to Hold Virgil over Academic Freedom Impasse: We Will Start on Thursday

Chancellor College students have resolved to start holding a virgil at the university offices in Zomba to force their chancellor, President Bingu wa Mutharika to reverse the University of Malawi (Unima) Council’s decision to fire the four lecturers.
According to the newly elected Student’s Union President Patrick Phiri, the virgil is expected to start this coming Thursday.

“Initially, majority of the student fraternity were for demonstrations until one student suggested a virgil, an idea which was adopted after a heated debate. So we are starting this Thursday in order to give room for the 48 hour rule and Wednesday’s national wide demonstrations,” said Phiri.

Phiri also said that the students voted not to push for the suspension of the four classes that have resumed lessons.

“We felt it would be plausible to encourage lecturers that have resumed work while we push for the remaining ones to follow suit,” he said.

Chanco staff has vowed not to resume teaching until their four fired colleagues are reinstated. The four are Blessings Chinsinga, Garton Kamchezera, Jessie Kabwila Kapasula and Franz Amin.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito is yet to respond to a letter the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) wrote to him last week, proposing a roundtable discussion aimed at getting the college fully opened.

In the letter, lecturers asked Mukhito to propose a date as well as a venue for the meeting at an earliest opportunity.

“At the end of the discussion, we would want to have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) drawn between the Ccasu and Malawi
Police defining terms of academic freedom,” said the lecturers in the letter. @ Malawi Voicehe end of the discussion, we would want to have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) drawn between the Ccasu and Malawi
Police defining terms of academic freedom,” said the lecturers in the letter. @ Malawi Voice

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