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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24 thoughts on “Mayaya faces corruption allegations over demo cancellation”

  1. Mwagona says:

    Malawi wavuta

  2. Wanimva says:

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

  3. mphutsi says:

    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 ?

  4. FLO says:

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

  5. mapwevupwevu says:

    akudyetsa chibanzi iwe gadabwali. zimenezi timazitcha za ntiiiiiiiii

  6. Phwisa says:

    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.

  7. Tina Hambeyani says:

    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.

  8. ajasii says:

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

  9. English Guru says:

    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 Kapito a couple of weeks ago? Is it going to continue when the food scarcity ends in Malawi? It seems too conveniently named for the for the current situation if you ask me!

  10. Donka says:

    Vuto ndi the donors. The NGO’s are run without money but ‘patriotism’ which unfortunately fails when you can no longer use your pocket to finance activities. Mayaya is very patriotic and loves Malawi koma he is getting poorer by the day so Bamusi took an advantage and gave him sikono ndiye Mayaya akanatani. Pepani akumudzi dziko aliononga ili ndiye ife tingofera ena? Mayaya had point points but we are dealing with corrupt thievies and, afterall, with stupid Malawians, how many would have joined him for his very ‘VALID’ cause? People just want somebody to be fighting for them as if iyeyo alibe necessities and responsibilities. Mayaya ngati wadya uli boo, people should not expect good things just from your shoulder yet they do not want to partcipate, kungokhala m’maoffice waiting for Mayaya and Kapito to demonstrate for them ngati ndi ana awo. Fwetseke. Running an NGO is much tougher than a company becoz of expectations from people yet there is no funding

  11. BILLY,, says:

    Galu uyu asakane walandila 500,000-00, chitsilu chamunthu kufuna kupusitsa anthu.

  12. mayaya tulani pasi udindo simukwanitsa ziphuphu mwalandirazo zakwana ndinu mukuononga dziko chifukwa choona cholowa chanu chonkha mwalandilazo azibale anu muwagulireko chimanga

  13. Nzika yeniyeni says:

    KANUNG’UNUNG’U NDI MWANSAMBO ADMARC DEPORTS SANABWEREKO MAYAYA. ABWERE ADZAONE NGATI KULI CHIMANGA WOPUSA AMENEYU.

  14. Nathan says:

    Mayaya, you are really corrupt! What Mayaya is saying is nosense! When there are protests, the police do not protect protesters, they only ensure that there is no violence. Usually a few number of Police control protests because protesters are not there for war but peaceful demonstrations. So Mayaya is a liar, a crook, a corrupt leader who is stupid enough to think that people will believe lies.

  15. chibweya joe says:

    Are you sure police said they have no capacity to protect protesters who would not even reach one million in numbers? How then can they protect 17 million people? No wonder people are killing each other willy nilly

  16. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Wadya iwe! Wadya iwe! Wadya iwe, wadya iwe! Ukununkhira iwe! Ukumwetulira iwe!

    Nanga wadya ndani zimenezizi?
    Nanga wadya ndani kumenekuku?

  17. Whatnext says:

    Which starts first, verifying availability of maize in Admarc depots or announcing demonstrations plans? Mayaya appears to be doing things in the reverse order, which makes me think indeed he has been compromised. You can’t announce demonstration plans before you verify whether really maize is available or not. Should we assume he was basing his demo plans on hearsay? Stop bullshitting Malawians Mayaya. You are a fraud.

  18. Kamchira says:

    How did police know that there will be unrest .usilu

  19. oversear says:

    basi mudalira protection ya police imalandira ndalama za iwe mayaya kodi,kuti iziteteza za protest.kodi mavuto a anthu ali manja mwa apolice?protest singayembekeze chitetezo cha apolice pamene anthuwo akufa ndi njala kapena kusowa mankhwala.mvomerani a mayaya kuti boma yakupatsa kenakake ukutenga mavuto a malawi ngati akunyumba kwako.

  20. Tan'gatan'ga says:

    …protests…

  21. Tan'gatan'ga says:

    We do not need any permission from anybody in order to conduct peaceful protection. Talking about police protection…protection from who, if anything it is the very same police we need protection from

  22. ngongoliwa says:

    his face tells astory,he is more than corrupt. Mchere ukasowa amayamba zamaDemo shupit!

  23. ch says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk umphawi ndi matenda. thats why Malawi’s problems will never finish because of greedy people like Mayaya. God will punish him!!!!

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