Bunda students run riot at MSB offices, bank sues them

Twenty-one students from Bunda College of Agriculture appeared before the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to answer charges of malicious damage and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

The students were arrested last Friday when they stormed Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) premises at Area 3 in Lilongwe, demanding that the bank’s management speed up the processing of their book allowances and correct irregularities in the system.

According to court testimony, the students damaged vehicles parked outside the bank premises, broke chairs and windows.

"Some climbed on top of a Pajero belonging to our credit manager, Chiyamiko Rita, and caused a depression on it...they also poured Chibuku beer on vehicles such that their conduct drove our customers away," said first State witness McFerrin Nyirongo who is the bank’s commissionaire.

All the accused students pleaded not guilty but government is parading four witnesses to testify against them. Since Monday, Bunda students have been boycotting classes to force management to intervene.

Yesterday, the students petitioned the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to review the contract awarded to MSB as an agent in the loan scheme.

Deputy Minister of Education Science and Technology (higher education) Otria Moyo Jere said she had not yet seen the petition.

"I have heard about it, but I have not seen it because I am at home. I am not feeling well so I have been given 48 hours to rest," she said.

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