THE PRINCIPAL and teachers of Mulanje Mission College of Nursing are being investigated on allegations that they demand sex from female students for academic favours.
This follows a letter that has gone viral on social media purportedly written by the students. They allege that some tutors at the college demand for sex and threaten to make them fail examinations if they don’t obey.
“Some of our friends have been going to Chez (Ntemba), Country Club (Limbe) and to many bars in Blantyre with some of the tutors. We are dying in silence,” reads part of the letter titled “Please save our souls” which The Express has seen.
Dated 14 February, the letter further alleges that students are demanded to give K300, 000 to some of the college’s officials as a form of inducement to get admission.
Others claim that pay they are forced to give the officials K200, 000 to earn a CHAM scholarship.
The letter was copied various institutions including the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Blantyre Synod of the CCAP, Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi and Center for Disease Control (CDC).
When contacted, principal of the college, Keith Lipato, declined to neither deny nor confirm the allegations levelled against him and his team.
Lipato claimed that as the accused he doesn’t have anything to say until the investigations are through.
Managers of the college, Christian Health Association of Malawi, CHAM issued a statement on Wednesday in which they confirmed receiving the letter.
CHAM secretariat said its officials are working towards establishing the letter’s authenticity.
“Although we do not know all the details, the internal audit and training management of CHAM Secretariat… will conduct a full investigation into the matter,” reads the press statement.
CHAM’s communications officer confirmed to The Express that his office is aware of the matter. He assured that the management is working on the issue.
CHAM, however, trashed the students’ allegations of bribes given to the college’s officials.
The organisation claims that it has a very rigorous awarding criteria to ensure that deserving candidates access its limited scholarships.