ZOMBA (Malawi Democrat) – Acting president of the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union Dr Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula who has been the poster girl for Ã‚Â the protest by lecturers demanding academic freedom is receiving death threats, police have confirmed
Kabwila- Kapasula said she received a hate-filled anonymous telephone call warning her not to return to her house and that she will be hurt.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I reported the matter to Police,Ã¢â‚¬Â she told Malawi Democrat.
Eastern Region police spokesman Nicholas Gondwa confirmed that they received a complaint from the lecturer.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yes the matter has been reported to police. We are taking the matter seriously and Police officers are investigating,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Kapasula Ã‚Â has however said she will not be intimidated with the threats coupled with refusal by University Council of Malawi not to pay her salary for the month of April until lecturers Ã‚Â agree to resume teaching.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tactics of withholding our money is just further contempt of court,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are not in class for a reason. We are working every day, the only thing why we are not in class is because we have been threatened,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
Meanwhile, Kabwila has failed to travel to United States because the Immigration Department of the Internal Affairs Ministry has not issued her with a new passport.
The lecturer was supposed to travel on Monday, April 11, 2011 to United States where she was expected to present papers at two universities and also participate at a conference which had the potential of raising Chancellor CollegeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s profile.
Kabwila Kapasula said she is very proud of how she has handled herself in the fight for academic freedom.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am very proud how I have handled myself,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am a Malawian not by employment. I am a Malawian through my citizenship. I am proud of how I have handled myself.Ã¢â‚¬Â