August 18 demo organizers cancel protests

Amid doubts about the effectiveness of the recent string of nationwide protests by various sections of the society, organizers of the August 18, 2022, nationwide demonstrations have announced the indefinite postponement of their protests.

Action Against Impunity (API), a grouping of civil society activists and concerned citizens, was scheduled to plough the streets of the country’s cities and major towns in what they christened ‘Chakwera Alandire Chikalata’ peaceful demonstrations.

Undule Mwakasungula

API executive member and leader of the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) Sylvester Namiwa told journalists in Lilongwe on Wednesday that the postponement of the demo was necessitated because President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera was not in office.

President Chakwera is currently attending the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government Summit currently under way in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Namiwa said API want to hand deliver the petition to President Chakwera and that proceeding with the demonstrations in his absence would not make sense.

“All stakeholders are, therefore, notified that fresh dates for the peaceful demonstrations will be announced once the President returns from his trip.

“Meanwhile, API hereby reminds all political and public officers that they are in the positions they hold on trust of the masses, hence, they should behave and act accordingly, and always desist from any temptation of taking Malawians for granted,” he said.

But Malawi’s most revered and longest serving Governance and Human Rights Activist, Undule Mwakasungula has doubted the effectiveness of the protests in achieving their goals.

Mwakasungula observed that most of the demonstration organizers are carried away by emotions rather than issues of national importance.

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