The government has denied reports that it has lost interest in Must in Thyolo, saying delays to open the university have come about because it was working on areas that were not covered in its agreement with the Chinese government.
Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu said this on Saturday in response to claims by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Nicholas Dausi that the current administration was bent at frustrating projects initiated by former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, including Must and the World Inland Port in Nsanje.
“Malawians should understand that there are somethings that were not included in the agreement with the Chinese government, and these things will be handled by Malawi.
“For example, the contract did not stipulate that the Chinese government would develop a curriculum or appoint a council after construction works. We have, therefore, allocated some funds towards theseitems, and we cannot open the university without having these (things) in place,” Kunkuyu said.
He said the projects in question are national projects.
“The DPP is failing to understand that these are national projects. Must does not belong to the people of Thyolo only, just like the Inland Port in Nsanje does not belong to the people of Nsanje only. These are national projects because imports that will pass through the port will benefit the country, and people will come from all over the country to learn at Must,” Kunkuyu said.
According to Draft Estimates of Expenditure on Recurrent and Capital Budget for the Financial Year 2013/14 indicates that the government spent K2.4 billion to support Higher Education, Science and Technology, with K5.1 billion estimated to go towardssupport to the sector. – by Macdonald Thom

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