The Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA) has this week mourned the death of two-weekend students who were reported missing after the car they were travelling in got swept with floods in Dedza district.
The two students; Gift Chimulu, fourth-year students who were pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies) and Gerald Kamanga, a third-year student who was pursuing a Bachelor of Social Science (Monitoring and Evaluation), have been confirmed died after their car was washed away at Kalinyeke by flooding water on 13th March, 2022.
Commenting on the tragic death of the two, the University Registrar, Mr. Francis Vincent Nkhoma said the University is saddened by the death of the two students. Mr. Nkhoma described the death of the two as a loss to the nation of Malawi and the university.
“First I should say it’s a loss to us as the University because it means our numbers have gone down, it is also a loss to the nation because these two were looking up to upgrading their knowledge and our nation could have benefitted if they had completed studies,” said Mr. Nkhoma.
Nkhoma said the University joins bereaved families in mourning the two students who were near to completing their academic journeys.
The Catholic University of Malawi offers academic programmes under generic and weekend modes of entry. The Weekend programme gives opportunity to students who can not manage to come and learn during the weekdays due to their commitments at work and business places.
Following the impact of Cyclone Gombe that was reported in Malawi, the country has experienced fierce flash floods that destroyed the infrastructure, washed away property, and claimed the lives of people.