Malawi consumers protests: Nyasa Times exclusive pictures

Thousands of Malawians took to the streets on Thursday in a peaceful demonstration against the economic hardships they are facing in the country and petition President Joyce Banda administration to review some of the economic reforms being undertaken.

Banda has been trying to rebuild an economy sent into a tailspin by late president Bingu wa Mutharika, but prices have soared since she devalued the currency on the advice of the International Monetary Fund.

The economy of the aid-dependent country teetered under controversial Mutharika, who picked fights with donors that led to a freeze in major assistance packages.

These are some of the pictures captured in Blantyre and Lilongwe.

Consumer advicate John Kapito and laweyer Seodi White were front line troops at the demonstrators.–.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Demonstrations in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Dress to not to kill  but protect: Police officer on alert in new gear-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Time to present the petition, Kapito flanked by Jessie Kabwila and consumers-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Police women were also on alert.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

The consumers on their way to present the petition.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Protesting in his own way-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Crying for Malawi economic hardships-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Flag carriers: Demos in Blantyre-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Some carried an old flag-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Consumers take to the streets-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Business was affected by the demos in Limbe market-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Activist Ben Chiza Mkandawire speaking in Lilongwe

Kapito posing with an admirer.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Lilongwe protestors.-Photo by M,abvuto Jobani/a blogger

Malawi Prison guards were on alert as they prevented people to trespass Chichiri Prison-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Shops remained closed-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Limbe commercial town in Blantyre was deserted-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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