LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – In a surprise turn of events government has announced that it will proceed with the decision to delink the University of Malawi (Unima) with Vice -President Dr Saulos Chilima who met with the Unima Council in Lilongwe yesterday alongside Minister of Justice Mr Titus Mvalo, Attorney General Dr Chikosa Silungwe, saying the delinking is a progressive process.
In a press statement issued by the Office of the Vice-President, the University of Malawi (UNIMA) will be split into three universities namely; the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences acronymed as MUBAS ; the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES); and the University of Malawi (UNIMA)
The announcement by the vice president comes after the UNIMA Council had earlier this month reversed the decision to delink UNIMA a development which caused an uproar in the academia circles.
The development forced President Dr Lazarus Chakwera to delegate the Vice President Chilima to facilitate further consultation on the matter and make a recommendation to government.
On Thursday Chilima met with the Unima Council in the meeting which was also attended by officials from the Department of Statutory Corporations and Public Sector Reforms.
The statement, signed by Office of the Vice-President spokesperson Mr Pilirani Phiri, reads: “Moving forward, 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, implement a detailed plan of action on the delinking and establish a Transitional Unit to oversee and conclude the process.”
It is not known how the Council which has eminent lawyer, Mr Modecai Msisya as a member will react to the government decision.
Msisya has written a legal opinion which influenced the reversal of the earlier decision to delink UNIMA a position which was vehemently opposed by another lawyer based in South Africa, Proffesor Danwood Chirwa.