Malawi protests over food  shortage, economic woes March 10

Some civil rights leaders in Malawi are organising to hold a protest march on March 10 to force the government release maize in Admarc depots for starving Malawians and improve the ailing economy that has skyrocketed the cost of living.

Mayaya:  We will take to the streets peacefully

Mayaya: We will take to the streets peacefully

Billy Mayaya, one of the organisers of the peaceful march said it is a Republican Constitutional right for all Malawians, regardless of their standing in society to have access to food.

“We want to show the government that we are not satisfied with their explanations. People will continue dying of hunger and hunger related diseases,” he said.

Mayaya said the demonstrations which will start from Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout to Parliament aims at compelling government to increase availability and access to maize as soon as possible.

Capital Radio on Tuesday carried a story which said malnutrition among children is on the rise and attributed this to scarcity of food as most households are unable to buy food due to its high costs triggered by the high inflation.

People`s Party vice president Kamlepo Kalua said he welcomed the peaceful protests but repeated his Masintha rally call for President Peter Mutharika to resign saying he is “clueless” on how to deal with the problems rocking the country.

He said the opposition has ready answers for the nation should they take over the leadership of the country.

Kalua said Mutharika has no plans to work with opposition political parties which he said is part of the solution to the problem.

Salima central legislator Felix Jumbe said the government should have plans for tobacco farmers whom he said have been hit hard by the economic problems because of the heavy plunge of the kwacha against the dollar.

Government spokesperson Jappie Mhango described the demonstrations as a waste of time saying government is already addressing the issue of food shortage in the country.

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33 thoughts on “Malawi protests over food  shortage, economic woes March 10”

  1. HPB says:

    Nyasatimes does a good job of reporting the challenges faced by the country. The on-line publication also articulates the views of the opposition very well.

    But the coverage does not provide responses from Government. This is unsatisfactory. For example, what is Govt’s response to the food distribution problem? Can we, please, have news of specific areas like what was done in Karonga.

    I am not defending anybody; all I am looking for is balanced reporting so that readers are aware of both sides of a particular issue.

  2. Game out! says:

    Kaya zanu izo. Ine kuno kwa a Kabudula dowe ndamuyamba. Ndipo tonse tagwirizana kuti 2019 Chakwera voti olo imodzi asadzaione chifukwa akuletsa nseu omwe Pitala akutimangira. Zimenezi ngakhale mafumu akudzidziwa chifukwa sizisiyana ndi ufiti. Tonse pamodzi ndi mafumu tagwirizana kuti mgalatiya ameneyu adzaidziwe Bangwe come 2019.

  3. APM says:

    Mayaya ukunena zoona dziko landikanika. Naye saulosi ndimayesa amatha ntchito koma Nate zamuvuta. Airtel amkamuyendesela ndi amwenye aku India. Chakwela zandilandile udindo

  4. Mytake says:

    All those opposing the demonstrations should know that holding peaceful demonstrations is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Secondly the Peter Mutharika DPP govt blundered by underestimating the maize required hence the scramble of maize at Admarc markets. It is the incompetence of the Executive arm of govt that has brought about the problem of shortage of maize.

  5. magawagawa says:

    a Mayaya, mavuto ali mdziko muno, sanabwele ndi Peter koma Joice pobetsa chuma chankhani nkhani, bwana wako Mayaya ndi Kamulepo. Iwe kabwila unakomela kuchoka ku CHACCO pano kuli ziii! maphuzilo akuyenda. Munthu oti chilichose chikhale cha NEGATIVE unabadwa bwabji? kunali anzako, Kalinde, Loveness Gondwe, Benison Linjenda ngakhalenso malemu Nga ntafu, amavuta ku Paliament koma lero kulibe samalani polankula tikukuonani kuno kumadela kwanu, osamalankhula zoti anthu azikutamani ayi chenjelani.

  6. Phwitika says:

    Some comments are DPP die hards masquerading as meager citizens here. Ingokhalani chete, akutumani ambuyani eti, matako anu!!!

  7. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians don’t need to demonstrate but Malawians need revolution. I remember there was a protest before and what happened, did the government took steps I don’t think so. What we need in Malawi is revolution and force our present government to step down.

  8. Boliwoli2 says:

    Mr.Mayaya ndikuvomereza zimene walemba vendor kuti ngati kungakhare ma demo achitike maboma onse not only ll as usaid.The whole Malawi kuli njala.Azingonyamuka kupita ku Thyolo mkulu uyu wativutisa.

  9. vendor says:

    but why only in LL. spread in all cities of Malawi. we are all hungry to get maize

  10. mike says:

    a mayaya, muja munayambira ma demo chikusintha ndi chiyani? Osapeza china chochita bwanji,

  11. Parallel Market says:

    Pitani kumsewuko tikakomana komweko. O yes! O yes! Gavament is a serious bisiness, o yes! Tiyenazoni.

  12. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    nkhope ya mayaya sikusiyana ndi munthu wakuba.kutereko akufuna kumabela anthu nthawi ya demo khaya zako izo ife suzatiwonako.

  13. fatsani thembachako says:

    takulani guys marching is a solution coz prensdent oduka mutuyu apatsidwa pressure ndipo afusa anthu azeru kuti apeze cimanga sitingamaonerere zopupsa dzikoli silamulakho ndi latose this iz not zimbabwe

  14. Kuweruzankwake says:

    Zomvetsa chisoni kwambiri kuti anthu omwe amakhala ndi nthawi yomawerengako Baibulo kumakhala akulephera kulisatira zomwe limafotokoza.Deutr 28:1 through the last verse,pali madalitso komanso matembelero pa kumvera ndi kusamvera kwa anthu.A Mayaya ndi ndani amagwetsa mvula?ndi ndani amasamala chilengedwe ndinso za moyo zonse,akumakuonanitu Namalenga,zobwera mochedwazi,zamaufuluzi,zisakuonongereni ubale wanu ndi Mulungu wanu.Ku mseu mukupitako,ndi onse akayende atadya,nanga akagwa ndi njala muzaimba ndani mulandu.Ationongera dziko labwino lija azungu ndithu.

  15. jk says:

    Dull CSO leaders like Mayaya can not take the nation anywhere. Mmmmh I wish you knew how to effectively contribute to the Nation’s development agenda. For sure you know street protests may not be high on the agenda. I feel sad when CSOs seem to be deep in the jungle!

  16. Che Sipindulo says:

    This Government is indeed clueless when people are starving and the President says nilibe polobulemu.They must go and let others takeover.

  17. Buyelekhaya says:

    Docility is so pervasive in our country such that at the mention of street protests or demonstrations some good-for-nothing trolls will play them down. No wonder the majority of views on this issue speaks against the demos. Vukani magwalandini!

  18. Yowerimagufuli says:

    MUAMAR, ARE YOU SAYING WE SHOULD STOP PAYING TAX AND UTILISE THE FUNDS FOR PURCHASE ODF THE STAPLE FOR FUTURE, MANJE BVUTO LOGANIZIRA KUMBUYO NDI LIMENERO!!

  19. Japhter Mpemba says:

    Jappie Mhango can say anything because he is in the ‘nilibe pulobulemi’ team. There is nothing convincing that the man has said as Minister worth the salt apart from just yapping senseless statements. Has he managed to open farms for the hospitals in Malawi to grow own maize and vegetables? Just a reminder to him he needs to go for a throat checkup before he loses his vocal chords completely.

  20. Khima says:

    Billy, thanks for the role you play in this country koma tikaonensa doesnt solve anything..marching against Maize, economy doesnt solve any structural make up of the problems. Your demostrations and activism only address symptoms than the actual malaise. I would appreciate more if you show us as a nationa the actual processes of having sufficient maize stocks in this country or what takes a country to have a standing economy and tell us where as a country we are failing and where this country’s leadership is also not doing enough. For once give us bit by bit solutions for this nation not just going into streets with placards….for once tioneko nzelu zanu bwana Billy…

  21. Ha zina ukaona! says:

    Kodi a Billy simumaonera kanema? Did’t you Admarc CEO parading trucks full of maize and the release of the markets to where it has gone? Koma JB ndi Chakwera anauwotu azimangilira.

  22. Dr Mphwiyo says:

    Where was Billy Mayaya when namaloko JB.was stealing our taxes. Malawian CSO leaders lack credibility

  23. Mapwevupwevu says:

    A Mayaya! Inu mwachitapo chani apart from ku uwa uwa?

  24. Myao says:

    JUST PUT IT CLEARLY – MATHANYULA ACTIVISTS TO JOIN HUMAN BEINGS, MALAWIANS IN PARTICULAR ON PROTESTS AGAINST ECONOMIC WOES – THESE ONE MAN SHOWS ARE NO LONGER USEFUL CONSIDERING THAT THEY’RE BEING PERFOMED BY SUB-HUMAN BEINGS!!

  25. Kabwila says:

    Che Mayaya achitsiru awa atangopusa ndi za ziiii apa. Adzapiteko ekha kumeneko.Zikuoneka kuti ali ndi njala ya ulamuliro mu ndale ngati mmale wake LAZARO CHAKWERA. angoyambadi ndale.

  26. Iwe Jap usamale usatitenge amalawi 4 granted wamva!!!!

  27. Mbweno says:

    Mr Kalua where is your ready answers in this situation and are you hinding your idias

  28. Wenela says:

    ndinabesa voti yanga kuvotera amene mukuti pulesidenti

  29. Mpunga Woviika..... says:

    Ine Kamlepo amandinsa kwambiri munthu wazisokonezo muli ku PP munapanga chani a Kamlepo always talkative for nothing.Mungoti njala njala chimanga chikubwerachi simukuchiwona mudzayamika liti?You have soulutions y not bring them forward ….chitsiru chimutu chako wamva.

  30. koula says:

    chizolowezi chopusa…………………

  31. sokonombwe says:

    Which maize? Handouts or for sell? Cant you go along the markets in Malawi and see maize? There is plenty of maize in Malawi. Only that people dont want to buy from the vendors.

  32. Johns Tembo says:

    This is very stupid. The government has bought the maize from Zambia and you are saying you want to demonstrate why can’t you say you want to distribute maize? If demonstrate will the people go back with food? So instead if advising people to go and work hard you want them to waste their time? Very stupid Mayaya.

  33. Muammar says:

    its everyones right to food komano why didnt the people save for the future which is today. Should the president do the saving for each and every household? why the march anyway, instead of providing solutions to those clueless on saving food when there is plenty. sizomakhalanso ndi ana 7 mkumakolola 12 bags of maize, sichikwana for the whole year. Ndathela kaye pamenepo

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