Karonga business community condemns demonstration

Representatives of Karonga business community have condemned the ongoing demonstrations, saying they are disrupting their businesses.

Ng’ambi: Demonstrations are becoming destructive

During a media briefing, Karonga Business Community Chairperson, Wavisanga Silungwe said frequent demonstrations calling for resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Jane Ansah, have become retrogressive infrastructure is being destroyed.

Silungwe asked the demonstration organizers, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), to wait for court determination on the elections dispute.

“Karonga was developed by the business community. What the demonstrations have done to it is a stab in the back. We never thought that the so called peaceful demonstrations can be this destructive. For now the demonstrations have to stop,” he said.

Karonga Market chairperson, Goodwin Ng’ambi said much as vendors recognized demonstrations as a constitutional right, destruction of infrastructure and business was a violation of other people’s rights.

“Vendors are complaining that business is slow due to the continuous demonstrations and some protestors are even threatening to target the market which is very unfair to us,” he said.

The demonstrations held recently, left Karonga structures burnt and offices looted.

Protestors want Ansah to resign for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

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