Officials at Mzuzu University (MZUNI) have closed the college with immediate effect following commotion at the campus which was caused by students, demonstrating against tuition fees hike.
According to a memo signed by MZUNI’s Registrar, Yonamu Ngwira, “the decision to immediately close the university has been made to preserve public order and protect the university’s property.”
On campus students were ordered to leave the school premises by 5:00am on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
“No student shall be allowed entry into the campus during the closure period,” the memo reads.
The Students have since been told that the date of reopening and conditions for their return will be communicated later.
On Friday, Mzuni students blocked the M1 road setting fire to tyres whilst demonstrating against the recent tuition fees hike by the college.
There were running battles with police who had to teargas the demonstrating students.
In an interview, Mzuzu University Students Representative Council (Musrec) President, Lucius Banda said the body was against the demonstrations.
“We advised the students to follow proper procedures as we are still in negotiations with the university management but unfortunately some chose to take to the streets,” he said.
Reported By George Mponda