Lilongwe vendors against anti-govt protests

Lilongwe Urban Vendors Association has spoken against the January 13 demonstrations, saying the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) planning for the same are doing so with a biased mind.

Namponya: Vendors not joining demo

Namponya: Vendors not joining demo

The association’s chairman Mark Namponya told reporters that the issue of Tsoka Market’s fire was one issue which the CSOs could have triggered rapid response.

“We are a people who rely on business but when we are in problem and the so called organisations tend to ignore us then we wonder who can we rely on in times of need.

“Upon hearing of the intended demonstrations, we sat and discuss the issue and at the end of the day we reached a consensus that we should  not be  part of it.”

Namponya said the protests organisers  “seem to be politically motivated” .

He was addressing the reporters together  with  Hardwell Kachibekete and Bonface Chimkanda vice Chair and spokesperson respectively.

The vendors said its high time that people who matter most in public decision making positions should consider involving all interested partners.

Civil society organizations have planned to hold the demonstration on Tuesday  January 13 to force Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) and Muhlakho wa Alomwe (MWA) to return money they obtained from National Aids Commission (NAC).

NAC reportedly provided the funds to the BEAM and MWA which do not have any HIV/AIDS interventions programs to warrant such financial support.


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what do you gain at the end of tima demo tanuto…av never heard or seen any positive outcome from it ine…zikuvutani


Anthu opanda nzeru inu mumangopanga coment musakudziwa chomwe mukulemba. analyse issues first and come up with facts. mumangoonetsera umbuli wanu wonse poyera. No wonder you hide your identities. If you dont have something sensible to write better shut up. stupid educated fools.

chatty man

What can a vendor contribute to the democracy, Go ahead my gud citizens.


Bravo vendors joice akuwanamiza anthuwa wy didn’t dey march in times of cash gate.


Pomaliza,ine ndi ma CSO’s anzanga amthumba tagwirizana kuti sitipitako,mupitako nokha amalawi osusuka koma mulibe kanthu,zitichedwetsa.


The fire startd at market by vendors. We turn on the heat


Dpp stole about $150m, Pp stole about $50m. Whch one should the court judge first. Answer dpp, down wth dpp goverment

Harris Batson

more fire (CSOs)with demo we are on back with you tomorrow.No matter we are afar but we are going to follow u through our website or another martial who can help us to find u easy. Don’t give up pls go ahead until u must gain what u and we need



Pitala Pamtanda

In my opinion I feel that these Demos have nothing to do with vendors and these vendors from Tsoka Market have missed it. CSO’s and vendors are two different entities and if DPP has given money to these people so that they may speak against the demos angoononga ndalama zawo sure.

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