Fears of unrest as Malawi’s civil disobedience movement plan fresh protests

A new movement has emerged underground  to lead a series of mass demonstration and civil disobedience in a bid to force the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairwoman Jane Ansah.

Demonstrations over fraudulent elections target Malawian president Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission chair Jane Ansah
Relentless protests

The fresh protests comes after  a string of demonstrations which have often been broken up by police firing tear gas and governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadres  have attacked demonstrators on a number of occasions.

Gift Trapence, of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition  (HRDC) which has been organising the protests, said they will work with any movement or grouping who subscribes to their  agenda for electoral justice and  defence of human rights as well as good governance.

A  member of the movement under the hashtag ‘Osaopa’  told Nyasa Times that  it was time to throw off “the yoke of bondage” of DPP.

“We want to be our own liberators and be our own solution. Malawi needs to be saved,” he said.

But government claims the opposition is behind a plot to cause instability in the country.

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi said the opoosition parties and the civil society orgaisations have recruited thugs to cause anarchy.

“Their plan has been put in place in order to create chaos in the country and instill fear with the ultimate objective of making Malawi ungovernanble,” said Dausi.

However, Dausi, who claimed the government knows the masterminds and the thugs, will not arrest the suspects this time, saying doing so would be turning them into heroes.

The demonstrations have turned violent too at times with stores being looted and cars torched, particularly in Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The organisers regretted these actions but blamed people’s anger on authorities for trying to stop the protests.

Some rioters also vandalised property belonging to ruling party politicians and engaged in opportunistic theft. The police have arrested over 200 people in connection with these crimes.

On past occasions, governments in Malawi have used the pretext of violence to prevent protests. However, even after the police publicly said they lack the capacity to manage the demonstrations, the courts insisted that people’s right to protest should not be denied due to the incompetence of the authorities.

The election was marred by allegations of fraud, including that many results sheets were altered using typewriter correction fluid called Tippex.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima  have challenged the vote outcome in the court.

President Peter  Mutharika, leader of the DPP, held onto power by narrowly defeating Chakwera of the MCP in the presidential vote.

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Peter
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Peter

We will see soon if Peter Jackson and Gwalidi didn’t harvest! Am sure you do not know anything about this case. That’s why u keep talking like stupid.

CULTURE
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CULTURE

We know it is the same Mtambo and his team. You are trying to approach in a different way. Mtambo you are already killed, we are only waiting for your burial day.

Bamusi
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We have been patient for long time, this Malawi is ruled by a group of thugs, who don’t care about Malawians, let me warn you, there will be civil war in Malawi.,and I mean it. We are tired very tired, let the battle begin.

Nabetha
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Nabetha

VIVA MAMA MALAWI with Genesis 27 verse 40.

Samuel
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Samuel

KULUZA NKOWAWA ZEDI. MVULA IKAKUONA LITSILO SIKATA. TIYENAZONI MUTIUZA MMENE ZITHELE.

Mzeedi
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Mzeedi

Ma protest anuwo muzipanga malo a modzi osamayenda mseu blocking anthu Ali pa ulendo. Muziona azanu mayiko ena amapanga demo pa open square that’s why there is no temptation to loot

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Guest

Clear Gondolosi leadership from our midst

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

The kicks of a dying horse!!!!The art of opposition as an alternative after finding out that Peter Lackson Chimangeni,Gwalidi and the like have proved failures and would harvest nothing in the case kkkk.Zosatheka izi kkkk.Koma udindo a Chakwera anaufunitsitsa kkkk!!

MCP siidzalamulira mpakana kalekale kkk!

Mzozodo
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Mzozodo

Ok

Ndife
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Ndife

Ask John Tembo. You don’t get a position just because you want it. You have to be qualified.

Frank
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Frank

I think u are stupid and empty headed

Machendekhwepe
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Machendekhwepe

Tizikumana komweko

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Guest

Eeeh kuti ukapwanyidwe bwera, ife Democrat will fight up to the teeth to get rid of DPP

I just hate mulhako

Haluna
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Haluna

Kwachema ku Malawi osaopa tiyeninazo