Mayaya faces corruption allegations over demo cancellation

Rights activist Billy Mayaya is having it tough on radios to defend allegations that he gave in to police to cancel the March 10 peaceful protests over maize scarcity after his position was compromised.

Mayaya:  That's bullshit

Mayaya: That’s bullshit

Reports indicate that the government moved in swiftly soon after he announced the protest plans to offer him a hefty allowance so that he could go and check the availability of maize in Admarc depots from Nsanje to Chitipa.

Mayaya confirmed he has checked the availability of maize in Admarc depots across the country from Nsanje to Chitipa but is not telling the source of funding.

“Yes, it is true I was in Nsanje, I was in Karonga, I checked the availability of maize in most Admarc depots using my own car in my capacity as director of Right to Food Network,” Mayaya told Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ)  radio on Thursday.

He said his assessment on the trip shows there is maize in Admarc depots but not enough as evidenced by long endless queues.

Asked if the cancellation of the trip proves allegations the government had given him money, Mayaya simply hit back, “that’s bullshit.”

He said he had been an activist for 20 years and he has not allowed to be corrupted.

Mayaya said the police told him they did not have capacity to protect protestor.

“Protesters need protection so if the police say they cannot provide security, I have no option but cancel it than leave it to chance. He said organisers of the protests will now go back to the drawing board and see the next course of action.”

Last month, police in the north refused to give permission to a youth organisation for a peaceful march. The organisation went to the High Court which granted it permission.

During the protests however the police outnumbered the protesters.

Mayaya blamed the ruling Democratic Progressive Party officials and state controlled MBC for politicising his peaceful march.

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Mwagona
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6 months 16 days ago

zovuta

Mwagona
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6 months 16 days ago

Malawi wavuta

Wanimva
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Wanimva
6 months 16 days ago

Amayaya ali pa businez. Zikatha amupatsazo adzakozaso demo ina. Musieni ali mu office yake. Chitsiru! wanichimwitsa ameneyu.

mphutsi
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mphutsi
6 months 16 days ago

Abale,

Even if Mayaya has received that money, with this financial crisi, is he wrong ? Akapanda kulandira ndalamazo, ana ake mukawadyetse ndi inuyo ? Pa Malawi pano pakufunika ma plan opezera ndalama basi . Kumangolongola will give you nothing. Inuyo chitani mademonstrationwo. Mumadalira Mayaya basi ?

FLO
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FLO
6 months 16 days ago

KODI CHIMANGACHO MMATI CHIDZINGOKHALA MMA ADMARCMO, MMESA MUNTHU UKAGULA UMAKA KENAKO UMAKABIBA. NDI CHITSULO CHOTI CHIMANGOKHALA DZAKA DZAKA?

mapwevupwevu
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mapwevupwevu
6 months 16 days ago

akudyetsa chibanzi iwe gadabwali. zimenezi timazitcha za ntiiiiiiiii

Phwisa
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Phwisa
6 months 17 days ago

I said last time its the media which makes Mayaya work. Today the media is on him becoz he did not do what they wanted him to do.

Tina Hambeyani
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Tina Hambeyani
6 months 17 days ago

Wadyera chipani chopusa DPP – boma. That is the Mayaya I know. When he wants to be oiled he threatens DPP with demonstrations, but behind his back he knows what he wants – -a kick back from the theatened DPP politicians. Right now he will be busy chewing the money he has been given and when he drinks it all he will threaten the DPP cowards yet with another demonstration so that he is silenced with another handsome chunk of millions – clever swindler. Mkulu amadziwa kuisova uyu – kudyera opusa.

ajasii
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ajasii
6 months 17 days ago

Kkkkkkkk Kkkkkkk. That’s true Malawians, they become genuine activists when their personal plates r not filled to at least better capacity.

English Guru
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English Guru
6 months 17 days ago
Hearing him talk on TV on his reasons for the cancellation of the demo, you could tell that Mayaya is a man bereft of any concrete ideas. This man has single-handedly diluted any meaning demonstrations had in this country. Demos are credible when organised by a coalition of several NGOs speaking with one voice, not this one man charade. By the way his organisation, Right to Food Network, has it always been there or it has been created out of convenience because of the current prevailing hunger situation in Malawi? Is it the same as the one launched by John… Read more »
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