Unima delinking saga resolved

Government says it will proceed to delink the University of Malawi (Unima) into three universities.

The unbundling with create new universities namely the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES) and the University of Malawi (Unima).

Currently, Unima has four constituent colleges namely The Polytechnic, Chancellor College, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the College of Medicine.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Press Officer in the office of the Vice President, Pilirani Phiri, said government made its position at a meeting on Thursday.

The statement said at the meeting, Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima met the Council of the University of Malawi alongside the Minister of Justice, Titus Mvalo, the Attorney General, Chikosa Silungwe, Director of Higher Education Dr. Levis Enaya and officials from the Department of Statutory Corporations and Public Sector Reforms.

“Today’s meeting was a follow up to the one held on 2nd February, 2021 which discussed the resolution made by the Council to review the process of delinking the University of Malawi.

According to the statement, prior to delivering its position, there have been consultations within the government hierarchy to affirm its position to proceed with the delinking process.

The statement said 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.

“The Ministry of Education will implement a detailed Plan of Action on the delinking; and establish a Transitional Unit to oversee and conclude the process,” the statement reads.

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