DPP set to sabotage CSOs peaceful protests in Blantyre with counter demo

Blantyre City Council (BCC)  has given permission to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to hold their ‘Blue Day’ match in the city on September 7, the day civil society organisations want to hold peaceful protests against governance, transparency and accountability issues in government.

DPP Regional governor (South) Charles Mchacha told the CSOs not to conduct the protests in the South, claiming that Malawians were tired of demonstrations

In a statement, the party says the council has granted it to hold its march in some streets in the city.

A BCC letter dated August 22 2018 and signed by chief executive officer Alfred Chanza, the ruling party will also hold rallies at Chitawira ground and Chichiri Upper Stadium.

It reads: “We are pleased to inform you that permission is hereby being granted for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to hold a Blue Day from Kristwick on the Masauko Chipembere Highway to Chitawira Primary School ground via Chichiri Roundabout, Moi Roundabout through Kenyatta Drive to Chitawira on Friday 7th September 2018.

“This permission also covers the DPP public rallies at the Upper Stadium (Chichiri) and Chitawira Primary School ground on the same day as per your request. Please note that the permission is granted on the condition that the parade and the rallies shall take place on the stated date, locations/route and venues.”

Vice chairman of the Defence for Human Rights Forum Gift Trapence said the CSOs are not surprised with the move by the DPP.

“They have always wanted to block Malawians from holding lawful protests. They should have chosen another day for their walk. DPP should not take Blantyre as their city,” said Trapence.

“We will not be intimidated by this impunity. We were the first people who informed them,”he added.

However, he said the CSOs would be meeting council officials to see how best they can handle the situation, saying same meetings will take place with councils of Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba.

“We will be meeting the council officials on Tuesday so that we find the way forward on the matter but the protests match are on on September 7,” he said.

According to an earlier communiqué from HRDC, among the issues to be raised in the upcoming demonstration is government’s failure to address worsening corruption in the country.

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LEGO
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The counter demos that the DPP are organising will make other parties more popular than ever.They shall be bloodshed come that 7th September.It is another MZUZU scenario.And to Mchacha,this is politics one day you shall dance to the tune of others.Do you not show yourself that you are above everything with your stupid secretary Wa Jeffrey.

tizanka
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tizanka

So in peoples wisdom everyone has freedom of expression apart from the DPP. Freedom of expression is a birthright for all, including DPP supporters.

Educated Northerner
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Educated Northerner

Tizanka! Freedom of expression can’t be done on the same day your friends booked! Thus barbaric way of living. Only thugs can do that.

che nnungu
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Bingu died because of these same things

Girl lady
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Girl lady

Eish Bad koma a President athu akuona and kuvomeleza zimenezi??? am Cadet koma zinazi BIG NOOOOOO!!!

Baxtet
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Baxtet

How long should my comment wait for moderation?

SONG OF THE DRUNKARD
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SONG OF THE DRUNKARD

DEAR DPP FIELD MARSHALS –WHERE ARE OUR TRACTORS AND HARVESTERS BOUGHT FROM INDIA USING TAX PAYERS MONEY?

Nzika ya Malawi
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Nzika ya Malawi

BCC ndi DPP mulandira chilango. Ndinu anthu opanda nzeru ndi odzikonda. Bwanji osawapatsa tsiku lina? Mukuyambitsatu nkhondo!

Baxtet
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Baxtet

The issue is about freedom of Assembly. What DPP has done is to organize rallies in the city of Blantyre. What other activities have been organized by other citizens of the republic is not for DPP to keep guessing. There are institutions which have been given the mandate to regulate activities of this nature. CSOs have been booking in the media instead of seeking mandate from relevant authority. The only remedy is for the CSOs to shift the date of their meaningless demonstrations where they are asking for reversal of the parliament approved Jose as IGP,among many petitions.. In real… Read more »

LEGO
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You should not just hand crap everything from DPP,the freedom of expression is there but this 7TH Sep is A DAY organised by CSO’s,so how can BCC grant permission to two organisation on the same date and venues?All what the the BCC has done is to create war and violence come that day.And on your point,let me just tell you this,between the two the one who is organising a useless and stupid march is DPP.Above all it will be the BCC who will be held accountable for any loss or damages may be caused at that particular day.

Kape
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Kape

I support DPP koma za usavage izi Mchacha mmmm uzanani mabwan

Central
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Central

Mchacha why the panic? Kodi anthuwa ndi mbuli chonchi? Do they know the implications of this? Kukula mtima kumeneku ndithudiiiiiiiiii kukhoza kubweletsa imfa zina kuposa 20 ya ku MZ. Chifukwa chiyani mumakonda zolimbana? Koma “democracy” mumaimvetsa a mchacha!! Kwa amene amamudziwa mchacha kodi mkuluyi school analekela pati? Umbuli ndi matenda oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopsa heavyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!

Your actions Mchacha are seriously showing that DPP is afraid, has lost true integrity and up in arms hiding some sinister issues!!

Mchacha, whether you want it or not this is the best way of campaigning for opposition parties!! Keep it up Mchacha!!

Awize
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Awize

Poor decision making is very costly. July 20, 2011 Mzuzu scenario will not be forgotten. Taxpayers lost K3.1b as compensation to other parties and they are also claiming additional K8b on the same. This is costing the taxpayer a lot of money. Lives were lost on July 20, 2011 and compensations are yet to be paid. Now, these careless decisions by Blantyre City Council to grant DPP permission is a worrisome development. We need to be decisive on issues of national interest. Things change anytime, by God’s grace. Mr Charles Mchacha, chonde chepetsani liwiro, chonde, chonde. Kunjaku kuli Mulungu, zinthu… Read more »

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