Mayaya says protests cancelled, claims Malawi police pressured

Rights activist Billy Mayaya has cancelled the much publicised March 10 maize scarcity peaceful protests, saying police have forced the organisers of the demos to cancel it.

Mayaya: There is still no maize

Mayaya: There is still no maize

Mayaya  planned endless vigil against President Peter Mutharika from allegedly being insensitive to maize shortage and economic problems

In an interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday, Mayaya parried away reports that the cancellation has to do with availability of maize stocks in Admarc depots.

“I have moved up and down from Nsanje to Chitipa, the situation remains the same, long queus at Admarc depots, women still spend day and nights at Admarc depots,” Mayaya said.

National Right to Good Network chairperson said to the contrary, the police called the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to tell them to cancel it.

“They cited police Act powers that allows them to cancel demos and we have just obliged,” he said.

Maize remains scarce and extremely expensive as the government  is battling to bring back inflation, stabilise the kwacha against the dollar and bring down high interest rates in order to tame the turbulent economy which has pushed the cost of living beyond the reach of most ordinary Malawians.

Government says Malawians should be calm as the situation will be brought under control.

In February this year, Mzuzu Youth Association (MYA) petitioned President to address the maize shortage and economic problems facing teh country. They also gave Mutharika a seven do ultimatum to respond in writing.

But the presidential advisor on non governmental organisations and CSOs Mavuto Bamusi,  said the CSOs were not being realistic to expect the president to respond to their demands in writing;

He said the president was already looking into hunger situation and that state produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation  (ADMARC) was stocking maize, the staple grain in its depots nationwide.

Malawians continue to face  severe hardships, with some citizens having to sleep in long queues in order to buy maize from sAdmarc.

Opposition parties recently shared their opinions on the issue, giving President Mutharika an ultimatum to improve the ailing economy within 90 days or hand in his resignation.

Pressure seems to be mounting daily against Mutharika, with citizens calling for a speedy remedy to the country’s economic ills.

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16 thoughts on “Mayaya says protests cancelled, claims Malawi police pressured”

  1. born says:

    Iwe Arron ntato pachiphwisi pako wamva!shupiti! ngati akutuma akupweteketsa!

  2. nyasimmaso says:

    politics behind bwerani ku Chilomoni muzazionere nokha usiku wa lero. Some are spending the whole weekend pa line just waiting kuti mwina monday agula mmera. Nsete zanu mukamalankhula muziona kaye. Ali mayi ako can u be happy. Or atakhala agogo ako. Stop supporting everything just becoz ndiwe Mhlako. Umufunse Winiko zomwe waziona kwao. Fotseki

  3. levelheaded says:

    Allano Ntato, ine wandiwaza bwanji.kkkkkkk. ine kumva kukoma.

  4. bamusi says:

    Abuluzi azinyophiro nonse. Bullshit. Mukuyenera kulandira kaye JANDO Nonse mukhuzimuke. Bwanji zibwana zotere ndi Dziko la malawi. Mbuzi, anakalijosolo.

  5. Allano Ntato says:

    ine ndinadziwa kale kuti gameyi mfanayu yamkulira. Nanji after revelations of WhatsApp Coup Plot? Even jessie ndi anzake a Lucy Chitembeya, Lazaro ndi Dzoole sakadamthandiza mfanayu. Lazalotu koma apweteketsa fans. He is treading vigorously in the footprints of JZU of Sec 65 No 1 and budget No 2 fame. Wakula ndi umphawi. Ena munkasiya ntchito zonona mwati Lazaro akutenga Boma lero mukuzichotsa zoipa opanda tissue paper. No wonder too reactive and arrogant. Petulo wangoti ziiiii, iye adakuuzanitu kuti pa iye yekha personally, alije problem! And it’s true. Does it make sense to give an ultimatum to a lady that she should bear you a child in nine months while she is in her third tremester? Very soon we are harvesting our maize. Here in the Centre dowe mbweeembweeembweee and tatopa naye tsono. Admarc chimanga mbweeembweembwee. Ufa uwu wa pa Zedi ndiye osanena. During Kamuzu’s reign, there in the South people were collecting chimanga chokugwa ndi chiswe or even that with very tender grains to pound it, dry it and make flour. We were calling it matindiri or masalanga. Some of these Mayayas I think they are too young to know this but mukamfunse Kapito, he will school you on this. Now I begin to agree with Petulo kuti iye ayaladi chitukuko mpaka 2024 wooooo mapakanso adzamusiyire wina wa ma blues mpaka 2034 woooo kenako winanso wa ma blues mpaka 2044 woooo etcetc. Ma Blues for ever! APM more fire zintchito zako onetsera mmene umatakatila bola ma amateur onsewa akuchepera. Koma MCP munchita njiri pomchotsa JZU. Zatsalazi ndi masanje enieni!

  6. weak freedom afraid fighter says:

    We dont want to hear anymore shit from this so called mawaya or mayaya wat ever u call u r self.

  7. wadyapo says:

    This is the end of mayaya and his lies,we r not children to tell us that shit and we dont want anymore shit from u r dirty mouth.

  8. bick says:

    why blaiming the President yet everyone knows the foundation of the problem?

  9. moya special says:

    Waona kuti palibe amusamale, anthu adakuwerengani mufuna azingokutchukisa inu muzilandira madoras cause of umbava in the name of NGOs. Nawonso opereka ndalamawo anga anthu osaona

  10. Luciano Botoman says:

    Mwadya chi banzi a Mayaya, mukufuna mutiname apa?

  11. Dr says:

    Amabungwe ndi mbala zina ndinu zitsilu ,chitsilu chimati kumwamba kulibe mulungu ndalama zoti anthu ovutika apeze thandizo apatsa inu zikomo koma ukamadya udzifunse uli ndimasiku angati kuti ukayankhe mulandu kwamulungu.pepani amaya Ambuye akuoneni.agalu aboma popeza boma lanulo laonjeza malipilo anu.azanthu am’boma.

  12. gulugunya says:

    Achewa mwagwa nayo gemu ndi mbwiyanuyo che Laza

  13. Pro. Mathanyula says:

    You could have demonstrated again alone as you did last time, okey.You are not influential enough to to touch the will of Malawians. You are useless Mayaya. That is your downfall.

  14. therere says:

    Alibe chochita Mayaya

  15. The Analyst says:

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    Let it be known that . . .
    “Poverty is the worst for of violence.” – Mahatma Gandhi (India Activist)

    Sadly, Malawi’s poverty is mad-made; by leaders (who are greedy and nepotistic thieves) or the poor themselves (who have no sense of personal responsibility hence produce kids as if there is a market) or both. Whoever is the reason for the country’s poverty needs to be delt with, howeverso.

    The saddest part of this sad story is that you Mayaya are insane . . .
    . . . Just come to think of it – when you hold the vigil for who knows how many days, then what next? Why cant you people be practical, for once?
    . . . Who doesn’t know that demonstrations or vigils are only effective on people with conscious or conscience and are civilised. Do you think that these zombies you are dealing with (in governement), have any of the aforementioned virtues? Ha! You are overestimating them!
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . If you Mayaya and other mad people like Mtambo or Trapence search yourselves on the effectiveness of the demonstrations, vigils or ultimatums you have previously flashed out or staged; you will quickly realise that they were a complete fail hence a clear display of your tincture of madness.
    . . . As to why you keep on doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, only the madness and insanity in your empty skull knows. Coz . . .
    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” – Albert Einstein

    Let it be known that poverty or hunger is the worst form of violence any government can inflict on its own people. And in Africa, you meet violence with violence.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  16. Nathan says:

    ???????????? In a democratic country, the citizens have the right to conduct peaceful protests. The Police have no right to force you cancel demonstrations. I think corruption has taken its course. Mayaya has proved to be a weak leader. But you must remember that one day the volcano will erupt, the police will be powerless and it will be too late to save Jerusalem.

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