As Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) leaders were locked in a meeting with the collegeâ€™s administration, some students gathered in front of the college, burning tyres as they waited for the outcome of the meeting.
PSU president Noel Mwenye said the meeting did not end well, but asked to be contacted later.
On Thursday, the students held a general meeting where they resolved to take administration to task over poor sanitation in theÂ hostels, transport for ferrying students, parallel studentsâ€™ fees hike and how studentsâ€™ tuition and stationery allowance has been disbursed this year,Â among other issues.
â€˜To the streets we goâ€™
One student said: â€œWe have agreed to go on the street if the outcome of the meeting is not positive.â€
College officials were not available for comment as they were reportedly in a meeting, but principal Dr Grant Kululanga in his address to the students on Monday said the college has a set of rules and regulations which govern the college.
â€œThis institution has got laws that guide each student. As a college, we do not have the mandate to change the studentsâ€™ fees because that is issued by the University Council,â€ he said.
Kululanga said all studentsâ€™ concerns have to be channelled to the administration through the students union.
Southern Region Police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa said the police was tipped that the students wanted to go on the street and they were on alert.
A couple of weeks ago students at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) also rioted over loans disbursement.-(With additional reporting by Christopher Munga and Grace Ndau)