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Chakwera breaks campaign promise, appoints himself university chancellor

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  • This is the second time in as many months that Chakwera has backtracked on his campaign promise. In October, he backtracked on his promise to create one million jobs, saying the government could only employ 200,000 people.

By Andrew Murenha

MALAWIAN President Lazarus Chakwera will this Thursday be officially appointed the Chancellor of Lilongwe University of Natural Resources (LUANAR) despite his campaign message that there was no need for a Head of State to be an automatic Chancellor of public universities.

Chakwera, who narrowly defeated his predecessor Peter Mutharika in June this year, campaigned for higher office by promising major public reforms which include the exclusion of Heads of State as Chancellor of the public universities.

However, his office has advised that he will be conferred as the Chancellor of LUANAR at a function set for the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe this Thursday.

This is the second time in as many months that Chakwera has backtracked on his campaign promise. In October, he backtracked on his promise to create one million jobs, saying the government could only employ 200,000 people.

Speaking on his 100 days scorecard on 5th October, Chakwera said the government could not create jobs on its own and needed the private sector’s help. He said every entrepreneur needed to employ more people.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Office of the President and Cabinet says the president will also preside over the fourth Congregation – Session 3 of the LUANAR where he will award Certificates Diplomas and Degrees.

Dean of Faculty of Agriculture at the college, Patsani Kumambala said 1090 students are expected to be awarded with their certificates, diplomas, degrees and PhDs.

LUANAR was created in 2011 by an act of Parliament.

It is a merger between Bunda College of Agriculture – formerly a constituent college of the University of Malawi, and Natural Resources College. – Zimbabwe Voice

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