Ex- MYP workers hold protests: Malawi Police on high alert

The Malawi Police Service were deployed to tighten security at Capital Hill in Lilongwe after members of the disbanded para-military wing of the former ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) the  Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) converged at the Office of the President and Cabinet to meet the authorities following their outstanding gratuities and pension.

The group earlier threatened to stage demonstrations against what they termed as lack of commitment by the government to address their concerns putting the security forces on high alert.

Spokesman of the group,  Grey Chisale, said they also want the government to address other issues since former MYP members have been living in destitution as they were never paid their compensation.

Malawi Young Pioneers - July 21, 1968. Photo credit Flicker

“We will not retreat  until our demands are met and we are paid what is due to us,” said Chisale as the group numbering over 300 protested at Capital Hill.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports reaching Nyasa Times indicate that authorities have resolved to release about K300 million to be given to over 4,000 members of the group.

The MYP was founded in 1964 soon after dictator Kamuzu Banda and the MCP assumed power to end British colonialism.

It was initially established to impart skills among the youth. But in later years a section of the wing was trained in military tactics and espionage.

The group was disarmed and disbanded in 1993 by officers of the Malawi Defence Force during Operation Bwezani at the height of the political transition in December 1993.

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