Vendors clash with police in Malawi capital city: Fire tear gas

Malawi Police fought running battles with vendor on the streets of the capital Lilongwe, dispersing them from Lilongwe Town Hall as they occupied the land, including the pavements, claiming they had been given an okay by the City Council to turn the area into a market place.

Police teargas in Old Town, Lilongwe

Police teargas in Old Town, Lilongwe

Several people were hurt in the police action to disperse the vendors

Several people were hurt in the police action to disperse the vendors

A huge number of vendors busy putting up their stands near Lilongwe River and Town Hal

A huge number of vendors busy putting up their stands near Lilongwe River and Town Hal

Police had to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of vendors who went on an angry rampage after their stalls were dismantled.

The vendors also went as far as across the Lilongwe River and occupied every piece of land available around the Chinese Wullian Super Market, all the way up the river bank to somewhere opposite the Lilongwe minibus terminals.

The vendors claim the City Assembly allocated the piece of land to them so that they stop plying their trade along the streets.

Vendors Clyton Lawani, Denis Chikanda and Everson Chisulo, who are part of the group setting up benches at the controversial site, concurred saying the place was allocated to them by the city authorities and vendos’ chairman, a Mr Namponya.

But when asked bring the chairman for an interview, the vendors found it difficult to locate him.

For months now, the City Assembly assisted by the police has been engaged in running battles with the vendors who trade along the streets as opposed to their dedicated places.

Reacting to the news, Lilongwe City Assembly, through its Director of Commerce, Genscher Mbwabwa, said they have not allocated any place to vendors and that those preparing the land between Town Hall and Lilongwe River are doing it illegally.

“The City has not allocated any land to the vendors. We told those vendors who are selling fruits such as bananas to stop roaming in the streets and settle at Lizulu market along Old Town – City Centre Road, but apparently the others have taken advantage to take the space which they were not given,” explained Director of Commerce, Gemsley Mbwabwa.

Mbwabwa continued saying: “Most of those vendors illegally plying their trade along the streets have benches for trading at the designated markets but they say they don’t sell enough because they think they are far away from where people pass by.”

He said most of them such as second hand clothes and shoes sellers have their proper places unlike fruit sellers such as banana sellers, and that is the reason city wanted to allocate a small piece to the fruit sellers a piece of land at Lizulu market opposed Toyota Malawi, along Old Town – City Center Road.

He however admitted that the city is lacking enough space to accommodate as many sellers as possible.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 75% of the population living on less than $1 (60p) a day.

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38 thoughts on “Vendors clash with police in Malawi capital city: Fire tear gas”

  1. clement says:

    Ok, achewa mwayamba kuyerekedwa? Mukuiwara kuti anthu akumwera omwewo ndi amene akuipanga Lilongwe kuti ioneke bwino.Ngati izi muipitiliza tisamutsa likulu kupitanso ku Zomba or Blantyre ndipo nzotheka.Kukumangirani parliament,Stadium,presidetial villa etc mukuona ngati mwafikapo? Mbole zanu mwamva.Mwaila kuti Kamuzu amakakamira kumwera chifukwa chokongola Bt + Kuchawe.Mudzakalira tsiku lina.

  2. ulendowu ndi watonse says:

    tsakulaninso ma besi ajatu kuti enawa akaphuzire maluso osiyanasiyana aja ndi kumapeza chochita . kodi nanga aliyense akakhala venda malo ake achoka kuti , bola kubesiko asakagwirenso mifuti ayi .but the idea was good.anthu koma adangokhala osakhululuka mumaona ngatikuti chilichonse amapanga KAMUZU chinali choipa komatu Ulendowu ndi wa tonse

  3. Agalu Pa Mpando (APM) says:

    Shaaaa ma venda akwa goliati bwererani mundichitsa manyazi pilizi. Ma venda a ku machinga kapitani kwa kapoloma. Kuno ndi kwa chakwera ndi abale ake a chewa ndi atumbuka

  4. Chatty Man says:

    Just give them fines if found on street selling items thats all, they will stop all that rubbish!

  5. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    No vendors cannot just occupy places anywhere they like. It’s illegal. But Lilongwe city
    officials do even worse things. The occupy plots all over for personal buildings or for eventual sale. Investigate the two friends – The Director of Finance (Mr Sibande) – A plot in Area 25, another in new Area 49, another in Area 43, two in Area 47 (one annexing old grave yard near Chigoneka Community Day Sec. school, another one along the same branching road, where he stays, just to mention but a few). The his friend the Chief Executive (Mr Hara) – Oh! plots everywhere in Lilongwe. They sell some of these plots after
    fencing them. Malawians, including we juniors in the city, had applied for plots years and years ago, no chance to offer us. Why do such selfish corrupt practices prevail with nobody checking on them?

    Let vendors also survive. Chikomera mbuzi kugunda garu!!!!

  6. Ambiriwa ndiwobwera kuchokera kumwera kosowa zochita. Kuba ndiye kwawo. Geni ya ma sweet usiku kuba.

  7. gaba says:

    mbava zachoka kwa goliati
    kumadzavutitsana ndi apolice kuno ku lilongwe.fwetseki

    1. zangazokha says:

      Anthu akwagoliati wawo ndi ulimi ndi ma ofice basi, kuima misewu kumabela anthu amaona zotaisa nthawi. Mlesi nchewa kwake nkuvina gule basi akatopa ndi gule nkumabela wanthu ntwn, Nate ntumbuka xul ikamukanika kuthawa Ku kaya nkuzapisa wanthu mmatumba musova!

  8. Chimwamowa says:

    Azikuphulitsani Chomcho Mukuzolowela

  9. Tinapumulako tear gas

  10. Fathi Alshdhaab says:

    pAja amapita ku chibvomezi or landslide ndi mfuti!
    mavendof enawa si an hto ama bwanaku office..kale evdn ma line a mhc panalube zifha.ndala zogulitsa second cloghes or makala or mandazi etc zinali boo zinthu ndi a ngaazi hkb

  11. milimbo says:

    Alomwe ndi a yawo pitani muzikachita uvenda kwanu. Kuno ndi kwa achewa ndi a tumbuka basi

  12. tia says:

    Malawi malawi sudzathekaso

  13. vendor says:

    Shoot them the vendors are thieves and a nuisance. You refused ma demo hoping APM would favour u. Mwagwa nayo go home

  14. Nanfedwa says:

    Mifuti ivuta pa capital city

  15. opportunist says:

    Running battles things of your own making .

    1. clement says:

      Anthu ena mukuyankhula chibwana mukuiwala kuti anthu akumwerawo ndiomwe akupangitsa Lilongwe ikhale m’mene ilimo ndipo ndizotheka kusamutsa likulu kupita kumwera komweko ngati kale tione ngati anthu anyau inu simubwera kwathu.Stadium yamangidwa mwayambanso kunyoza mbole za bambo anu achewa nonse. Kupanda Bingu kusamukira ku Lilongweko muli ndani inu? Kamuzu wanu yemweyo amalephera kusamukira ku Lilongwe mukudziwa chifukwa chake? Ngati izi mupitiliza muonanso tikusamutsa likulu kupita Zomba kapena Blantyre.Fwwwiiii fwi fwi chiyani asasamba inu ntchito gule ndi Tea mwa Chinsapomu after kugulitsa nkhuni.Zitsiru

  16. Patriot says:

    Paja munkakana demo, munya agalu inu.

  17. wangalusa says:

    When all is well with you financially, you treat a vender with a lot of scepticism. You don’t do trade where nobody passes. I understand venders. They’re only struggling to survive.

  18. Please do business legally. If is hard just go home and cultivate farms.

  19. mapasa says:

    Inu a City assembly , Pangani sort out the problem osati kulanda katundu , kuthamangitsa anthu zija mumapanga zija ayi? Tell the nation as follows:

    1. how many square meters of Land do you have for Vending ?
    2. How many Vendors do you have for your Planning purposes?
    3. How Many Vendors are located with Vending space?
    4. What is your work plan to end the mis understanding ?
    5. What is Expensive to buy Patrol Vehicles and Procurement of Land and dermacate properly in good order for the benefit of the City Itself?
    6. Do you have a director of Planning within the City assembly, May he come up with the Property plan for the nation to see.

    Tatopa ndi magwilidwe a ntchito a ngati tonse mu lilongwe ndife a standard 5.

  20. Azakhali says:

    Mavenda watch~out mukuonjeza,khalidwe likukusowani.

  21. kadamanja says:

    Mavenda si inu munkana ma Demo pamene Mtambo amati tiyeni! inu fwe! fwe! akuchitani bwino. Zichotseni mbava izi, mupite nazo kwa Goliat.

  22. Really? just to remind us how poor we are?

  23. Emmatuwa says:

    Malawi woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Abingu woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Vendor woyeeeeeeee
    imeneyo ndiye malawi walero. Vendor vs police

  24. Agalu Pa Mpando[APM] says:

    Zomwezi! kutengera mfuti.

  25. onanana bank says:

    Vuto ndi kubwera kwa anthu akumwera its too much e.g Lomwe and Yao ishiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    1. zangazokha says:

      Choka ma Venda ambiri ndi achewa stops ndikuvina gule kumudzi saziwa kulima xul 0. Upite kumwela ukaone ngati kuli khalidwe lopusali anthu akmwela Ali ndi maoffice ntumbuka wathawa Ku kaya ndi nchewa ndamene akuinonga City,

  26. GGGG says:

    MAYBE ENOUGH SPACE BUT POOR PLANNING AND LACK OF FUNDS BY THE CITY COUNCIL

  27. Proff. Ngangabulawayo says:

    Police yagugadi eti,,,,anjateni amenewo ena atengelepo phunziro.

  28. ASAAAAAA….THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE.. TWO CATEGORIES OF MALAWIANS I HATE WITH ALL MY HEART,MY BLOOD, MY ENERGY….AND MY SOUL. THE VENDORS……… AND THE CHARCOL SELLER!

    1. Elieeb says:

      Nanga akawalala(thieves) subadzonda? Hope my nyanja is correct. I’m Zambian

  29. g. kwanje says:

    shower them out

  30. Litongo says:

    Ameyo ndie Malawi WA lelo mpakana kutsogolo kuno ndipo uku ndi kuyamba chabe zazikulu ndi zoophsya zikubwela,atsogoleli athu omwe Ali pa mpando lelo a DPP sanadzudzulepo chiwawa ndi tsiku limodzi lomwe pomwe ankachita campaign. Ndipo yakwana nthawi zikutembenukilani

  31. ujeni says:

    Nonsense city lacking space. Aerial view by Skycam can show you that the city and Malawi in general is all bare with no brick and motar. Bush and open empty space make Lilongwe.

  32. Pacharo says:

    Koma Police ya Malawi inathadi mphavu eti?

  33. ujeni says:

    There shouldnt be clashes at all, the police should just catch who ever applies trade against the law in the cells and charge a stiff penalty to deter them doing again abd again. Enough is enough living like idiots

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