Civil society organisations (CSOs) planning the April 27 2018 demonstrations were rocked in heated arguments on how to share the money for the protests on the K4 billion payout to members of Parliament (MPs) and other socio-economic and governance issues.
Nyasa Times understands that some of the members who attended a preparatory meeting in Area 10, Lilongwe, on Wednesday nightexpressed unhappiness as they feel cheated after it emerged that money was shared unequally among activists.
But a senior police officer who did not want to be mentioned told Nyasa Times that the roadblocks are normal.
“The roadblocks can be placed at any place at any time for security checks,” he said.
And, a snapshot check we did reveals that most of the additional roadblocks are “annoying.”
Speculations are rife that the additional roadblocks are a “fever” ahead of Friday’s protests.
According to a statement by police signed by national spokesperson, James Kadadzera, it acknowledges that the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi affords every citizen the right to assemble and demonstrate with others peacefully and unarmed.
“MPS therefore calls upon all Malawians intending to exercise this right by participating in the April 27 demonstrations organized by Civil Society Organisations to do so peacefully and responsibly,” reads the statement in part.
The statement adds that every citizen participating in the demonstrations is required, by law, to desist from destruction of property, causing injury to people, unnecessary obstruction of traffic, acts of hooliganism and use of words that propagate hatred against a group of people.
Kadadzera says MPS has collected credible intelligence that some unpatriotic Malawians are planning to advance their selfish and criminal interests during the April 27 demonstrations by disguising themselves as demonstrators.
The service has since warned any person or organization intending to engage in any criminal act that they will be dealt with according to the law.
On the other hand, MPS has assured all peace loving and law abiding Malawians not to live in fear since officers are ready to deal with any unlawful act during the demonstrations.
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