By Chikondi Lungu
The future of the reopening of University of Malawi- The Polytechnic and other closed colleges in the country is still in dark as the State President and Ministry of Education have distanced themselves from the saga.
According to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano, his ministry is not responsible for anything to do with closure or reopening of universities and colleges as it has delegated such responsibilities to councils to decide.
Speaking during the first congregation of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) last week, President Peter Mutharika declared that he does not want everything directed to him whenever a crisis arises in the universities hence distancing himself.
However, Fabiano’s remarks did not go down well with opposition members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday as he was pressed to provide an explanation on the future of the closed universities and colleges.
MP for Salima South Constituency Uladi Mussa, People’s Party (PP) and his Salima North West counterpart Jessie Kabwila, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) demanded an explanation on who is responsible for the education sector.
“The President says he is not responsible. The minister says he is not responsible. Who is responsible for this?” Demanded an explanation Mussa.
Kabwila, on the other hand, told the minister to “honourably resign” if had found himself inept after being appointed into the ministerial position.
“If you take up a position and you find that you are inept, it is better you must resign. Are you in charge or you not in charge? If you are not in charge, humbly resign! Simple!” demanded Kabwila.
Kabwila said it was funny for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to claim that it is committed to empowering the youth when the same government is denying the youth their right to education through closure of institutions of higher learning.
Surviving all the demands and pressure, Fabiano reversed his say-book, saying he never said he was not responsible.
In her remarks, the First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje schooled the minister that by virtue of being a minister, he is representing the councils; hence, the need for him to address all the questions pertaining to the education sector.
“You are representing the councils. You don’t expect the councils to come here, Honourable Minister. So, address the questions from the MPs,” Mcheka Chilenje.