“Mombera” University becomes reality under Chakwera-Govt awards contract for construction of the institution now under Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa University

By Linda Kwanjana

The Ministry of Education has awarded a contract to Paramount Holdings and DEC construction to build structures at Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa University. The structures include Hostel blocks and external works for the University.

According to The Daily Times advertisement published on Wednesday, 0ctober, 25, 2023, “The Government of the Republic of Malawi through Ministry of Education (MoE) plans to establish the Inkosi Ya Makhosi M’mbelwa University (IMMU) in Mzimba District in the Northern part of Malawi.

Mutharika failed to honour the promise

“The Ministry of Education has ldentitified resources and it intends to apply part of the funds towards the cost of Construction of Hostel Blocks and Associated External Works for Inkosi Ya Makhosi M’mbelwa University in Mzimba District in line with Section 48 of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act No 27 of 2017, the Ministry now notifies the public and bidders that participated in the tender, that it has concluded the bid evaluation process.”

The two contracts under Procurement Number 250/1PDCMOE/MUDEPICW/IMMU23-24/2 are worth MK8,745,713,361.71 and MK9,952,073,990.82 respectively.

On March 22, 2015, Former President Peter Mutharika unveiled a plaque for the construction of the Mombera
University in Mzimba District.

During the launch Mutharika said his government was committed to ensure that many people attain higher education in the country by constructing more universities.

Ironically nothing happened after the launch instead since then Mombera was turned into political cash cow for the then ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with political cadres being employed to the non-existent institution.

DPP abused funds for the project