Malawi demo runs peacefully: CSO’s hail police

Malawi civil society groups anti-government demonstrations in the capital Lilongwe  proceeded peacefully on Tuesday.

Kabwila speaking during the protests

Kabwila speaking during the protests

Police officers addressing protestors

Police officers addressing protestors

Spokesman of the protests Timothy Mtambo  described the demonstration as a success .

The groups alsi commended Malawi Police Service for conducting themselves professionally during the demonstrations.

Mtambo said police did their constitutional role in protecting the lives and property of Malawians.

The demonstrations started at Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout at a low note as only few people were present  but hundreds joined later.

Addressing the gathering, Manerela executive director Reverend Mac Donald Sembereka said demonstrations are not about numbers but the intended message delivered.

However as the demonstrators were approaching National Aids Commission (NAC), a lot of Malawians came in and join the protests. Notable among the protestors were spokeswoman of main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Dr Jessie Kabwila.

At NAC, the demonstrators camped temporarily where Gift Trapence and Mtambo led demonstrators in speeches.

Mtambo accused NAC for disbursing cash to Organisations who are not in HIV and Aids Programmes.

“Malawians are concerned that whilst the country is still facing shortages of antiretroviral (ARVs), it is surprising to note that resources for such a purpose have been misdirected to entities that do not directly deal with HIV/ AIDS interventions such as BEAM Trust (K5 million) and Mulhakho Wa Alhomwe (K 9.4 million) which is tantamount to abuse of resources,” said Mtambo.

“Malawians are disappointed that the process of granting funds to the stated recipients was not fair considering the fact that some organisations earmarked for funding for duly approved HIV/AIDS intervention are yet to receive their funding on grounds that funds were not available.

“This has created the impression that the decision to grant resources to the stated recipients was due to political manipulation. We are concerned that the impression created by NAC in this regard might jeopardise Malawi’s application for funding from the Global Fund for HIV//AIDs.”

Safari Mbewe of Manet Plus also urged immediate refund of money which were poorly disbursed.

He expressed wary that lLoss of funding [from Global Fund] to interventions on HIV/AIDS, due to the malpractice, would put at high risk the lives of many

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maxwell
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Thanks the police for not making another July 20

JB
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ma demo a wanthu a akumpoto. zitsiru, mbuzi. mwasiya za NAC. Mwakhaula anthu sanabwereko.

BalakaGuy
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Ndiye chimene mwapindula ndi cha?inu peyapeya mwati musinthe lamulo kuti president azilowa mmboma ndi 50%,cholinga chakuti mwina wolamula azakhale wa kwanu,mwalemba mu madzi.

Taweni
Guest

Congratulations CSO’s and all the caring Malawians who braved the rain and propaganda.

This is how to fight for Malawi. See some NGO’s have turned and joined the oppressive government system.

Citizen

golo
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BRAVO CSO’S WHO DESPITE SOME CRITICISM FROM FELLOW CSOS AND SELF-ACCLAIMED ACTIVISTS SUCH AS MR JOHN KAPITO AND NOTABLY COMEDIAN TURNED POLITICIAN MANGANYA FULFILLED THEIR DESIRE ON BEHALF OF WELL MEANING MALAWIANS NOT EVEN THE TORRENTIAL RAINS COULD DISCOURAGE THEM.KUDOS.

che mbwiye
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amane samaona zolakwikwa zimene ambiri anenapo ndiye kuti alibe umunthu.mwini wake kabwirayo umunthu ukazampeza azaziwa kuti analakwisa.

che mbwiye
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anthu opanda zochita ongotengeka anakayendawo.anthu osakonda dzikolawo pamenepo ndiye mukuti mwamanga dziko?

che mbwiye
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amene anakayendawo ndi opanda zochita komanso ongotengeka ndi zili zonse. anthu ofuna ku chuka kulemelera ku mbuyo kwa osauka,posachedwapa sitikulolani kumatiuza zowonesa ngati muli nafe limozi koma mukukhutisa mimba zanu.kukamba za mwano sikungamange dziko.amalawi enanu mumaoneka ngati amalawi koma zikabvuta mumathawira maiko a anzanu taonera ajb amati amamva chisoni ndi anthu obvutika lero athawa.

KUNGOTI
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Komabe mnyazi udayenera ukhalapo ndithu, olo umayankha nkhala umbuli nkupanda umunthu chabe., baba o Chakwera towayankhulani o Kabwira oripeputsa, ndiunyozetsa chipani ka, nzadongo zomwe owonwkere patsogolo yayi, ng’oma yoliritsa_______, tikuwonerani

Binya
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It is clear that people start organisations with no knowledge of how to legally raise funds but harass unprotected organizations for free contributions. This is why some statutory coops like ESCOM, Blantyre Water Board have run dry and failed the nation due to lazy party leaders who simply want to collect. Now they want to go for NGOs after messing up government institutions. When Malawians cry foul they justify their behaviour unconvincingly like nitwits.
This must stop.

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