Chaos in Lilongwe over Covid-19 preventive measures

Business came to a standstill at Lilongwe’s Old Town as people protested against the police heavy handedness in enforcing the Covid-19 strict preventive measures.


Operators part their minibuses in Lilongwe’s Area 25 in protest against Covid-19 preventive measurers

The police were seen whipping people who were not putting on face masks instead of arresting them.

This led to chaos, forcing minibus operators to withdraw their services.

Later, calm returned at the most congested area in the city.

This morning, minibus operators have withdrawn their services in Lilongwe’s populous area of Area 25 in protest against the strict preventive measures.

They say they are not making profits with the new rule that minibuses should carry only two passengers per seat.

Usually, passengers are packed like sardines with four passengers on each seat.

People were seen seeking alternative mode of transport to town.

Meanwhile, the  Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has condemned the Malawi Police Service for using force in enforcing Covid-19 containment measures.

MHRC  executive secretary Habiba Osman said in a statement that citizens should take heed of the preventive measures and  also highlighted the need for police officers to refrain from using excessive force against individuals who she said are supposed to enjoy their right to health.

The statement further recommends that government should put measures in place to ensure people are enjoying their right to health in the face of the new wave of Covid-19.

Reads the statement in part: “This is a call to personal responsibility… While Covid-19 deserves some special attention, government should put in place mechanisms to ensure that the right to health is fully enjoyed.”

But National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in the police officers are just executing their mandate to enforce the regulations.

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Dengu
Dengu
6 months ago

Chao means cheerio; chaos is somewhat different. I thought LLW was saying cheerio to covid measures.

Then the minibuses were parted not parked.

Does anyone edit these postings?

Chisale
Chisale
6 months ago
Reply to  Dengu

Ciao means cheerio.

Hmariwa
Hmariwa
6 months ago

Kodi wa human rights kumangovuta boma kuno ku Malawi bwanji osapitako ku UGANDA?

John chidongo
6 months ago

Kodi kumangoti human rights human rights chani apa. Incomplete human rights in Malawi is quite in complete. Kulibe ndi a Chipatala kuti aziona ma rights anthu pa za umoyo. Ma lawyer kaya ndi angati kaya. Kodi si inu nomwe a human rights munapita ku court kukatenga chiletso choti kusakhale lockdown ndi lawyer wamba sanapangenso zokambirana ndi achipatala kuti zimakhala bwanji anapanga zokukomerani pano mukuti asamawakwapule anthu kodi akawagwira kuti akalipire anthuwo akawayika kuti ngati kuti kuli ma cell akulu akulu sakangofakonso ndi corona . Ndiye adzingokwapula sakumva sizonyengerananso izi. Pano uyu Chakwera’s wapanga lockdown simukupitanso ku court bwanji kuti mu… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
6 months ago

Putting profit instead of life as priority, tiyeni nazoni mufera mabwana anuwo….The minibus operators whould have been at the forefront enforcing covid prevention measures – NO MASK = NO HIKE …period…

J Kalulu
6 months ago

Habib Osman; are you related to anybody who have lost their life due to covid? Please put aside your silly human rights paperwork and think of lives of some innocent people. I know you just want to be seen to be working but you know what you are propagating for is wrong in the face of this pandemic.

Alice
6 months ago

Umbulidi ndiye umeneu so what do you want the government to do? Really, kuvala mask mukukana, ma pemphero mukuti ndiza fake, what type of human rights are these? Chilichonse mukutsutsa… You are not serious.

Jobasi Chikweche Ngozo
6 months ago
Reply to  Alice

Anthu sakukana kuvala mask koma akufuna boma litsitse mtengo wa fuel kuti iwonso azitha kupeza phindu pa makasitomala ochepa omwe adzinyamula. Izi ndi zimene boma linalonjedza kuti adzatsitsa mtengo wa mafuta akadzalowa m’boma. Alowa m’boma ndiyeno akukweza mtengo wa mafuta chocho ndi bvuto la boma. Chakwera ndi mzake Chilima amdzipopa kuti ‘osaopa’ ndiyeno asanyasidwe nawo ayi ndi ufulu wao kutero. Munya muona simunati!!!!

nyovwilili
nyovwilili
6 months ago

Adakulonyezera kuti zodzatsitsa mafutazo Cadet iwe

John Khaviriya
John Khaviriya
6 months ago
Reply to  Alice

I see a problem with these human rights defenders, every effort that needs enforcement meets resistance from these rights groups. So, what do you want the govt to do in order to ensure that every citizen adhere to covid measures? Too much freedom as you are portraying with lead to disaster. In our case, we need real force so that we are really fighting the pandemic. Do you expecting lazalus to use the pulpit in order to address these issues??

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