Malawi CSOs says anti-govt protests will be peaceful but vital

Malawian civil-society groups plan to hold anti-government protests on January 13 against “bad leadership”, saying they will be “peaceful” and well-coordinated.

Mtambo: We will be peaceful and significant

Mtambo: We will be peaceful and significant

Spokesman of the street protests, Timothy Mtambo, who is also executive director of Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR), said being the rights campaigners will lead from the frontline.

Mtambo said modalities for the protests would be worked out and announced soon.

“It is definite, we are going to protest peacefully and it will be meaningful,” said Mtambo.

He said the of the peaceful protests will be to force government into positive action over the prevailing political, economic, administrative and governance stalemate currently facing the country.

Mtambo said the protests are also aimed at providing the citizens the platform to air out their grievances.

One of the issues the CSOs are calling for protests is the issue of the National Aids Commission’s (NAC) financial grant to Beatify Malawi Trust (BEAM) and Mulhakho wa Alhomwe (MWA).

NAC is said to have given BEAM and MWA K5 million and K9.4 million, but this did not go down well with some CSOs under the Grand Coalition, arguing that the two institutions do not have HIV/AIDS intervention programmes to warrant such financial support.

It is against this background that the groups have organized the demonstrations as a way of forcing BEAM, MWA to return the money they received from the Commission.

However, organisers have accused government of fermenting “propaganda” against the protests and promoting a culture of intimidation and direct attacks at civil society.

Clashes with police during protests in July 2011 led to the deaths of 19 people.

The business community in Malawi’s cities who lost a lot property in the July 20, 2011 vigils have expressed fears of the repeat of the same this time around.

But the CSO’s insisted the protests will be “peaceful”, saying government was in a campaign of scare-mongering to discourage people to carry placards and demonstrate.

 

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Alfred Munduwabo
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Just go ahead , this time they have nowhere to go for court injunctions stopping the peaceful demonstration.

Den
Guest

Tell them that demos will stop only when these funds have been duly given back to NAC period. Why establish NGOs if you have small brains to fundraise?

kk
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Can u assure me how you are going to control anthu amowa ndi achamba. Wachamba amakhala ngatio ozungulira mutu, zosatila zake ndi aja amayamba kugenda ma galimoto ndi kuba zinthu za eni as a results the police will start teargassing, achamba will start stonning the police, then the police will use live bullets kuti athyole mwendo wa weni but because of not knowing target of shooting they will end up shooting somebody’s chest or mimba matumbo panja zikatelo zavuta. Saddly, the victims will be a common man not Mtamba. Wanzeru angokhala.

kaligo
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Stupidity Baxi……..CSO CSO ndiyekuti chani aliphee angopanga ma workshop mkumadya ndalama akuti tipange DEMO to HELL WITH UR DEMOZ……..DEMO DEMO MY ASS…

kaligo
Guest

Chokani apa ma CSO’s ndiyekuti chani kodi ntchito yanu ndikungolowelera nkhani ya ndale basi???? ana amasiye akuvutika mmisewuwa bwanji osachitapo kanthu…………….musatiphetse ife udindo wanuwo timawufunaso…Peaciful Demo yo mukayenda nokha mutavala majekete anuwo…

akatswiri
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Dont divide the scos in form of scones

Youngman
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Demo day is the greatest business day of robbers. Do you think is there anything good that can be done when one is angry? Kungofuna kupatsa mpata mbava basi.

ADE
Guest

DURING JB ADMINSTRATION CSO/KAPITO AND OTHERS MANAGED TO HAVE PEAEFUL DEMONSTRATION. AMAYI DID NOT STOP THEM AND NOBODY COMPLAINED. WHY SHOULD WE FEAR NOW?

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
Guest

BE CAREFULL WITH DPP AND NAC PLUS THOSE WHO HAD SHARES, THEY ARE BUSY MAKING BAD PLANS. TAKE CARE.

Rift Valley
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Tanthauzo la chi/zi onetselo ndikuuza owonetseledwayo kuti tikukhumudwa ndi zomwe zikuchitika.

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