Members of academia on Tuesday flooded Mzuzu University (Mzuni) campus to bid farewell to the university’s deputy vice-chancellor Professor Fred Msiska who died on Monday.
A communiqué from Mzuni Registrar’s office dated January 6 2020 states that Msiska died on his way to Blantyre to receive specialist treatment.
Speaking on behalf of President Peter Mutharika, who is also chancellor of Mzuzu University, Prof John Saka said Msiska contributed a lot to the university’s growth.
The vice-chancellor said: “The university has lost a selfless and very hard-working man. This is a man who ran the university for a good two years when the university had no vice-chancellor.
“We are short of words, but all I can say is that he will be greatly missed and will always be part of the university’s great history.”
Msiska was also a strong advocate of a group of Malawians fighting for Malawi to adopt a federal system of government.
He was buried yesterday at his home village at Khwawa in Karonga District.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology William Susuwele Banda represented the President at the ceremony. Msiska joined Mzuni in May 2007 as director of the Centre for Open and Distance Learning from tUniversity of Malawi’s Chancellor College. He was later appointed Mzuni deputy vice-chancellor in December 2017.