There could be no tangible business going on in the lakeshore district of Karonga after the burning down of key government agencies’ departments in the districts following the Thursday nationwide protests.
The demonstrations, orchestrated by the Human Defenders Coalition (HRDC), were goaled at ousting the present Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Jane Ansah, and her fellow commissioners for their shoddy show in managing the May 21 tripartite polls.
Ansah, a judge at Malawi Supreme Court, has refused to resign–arguing the matter is already in a constitutional court that is bonafide enough to determine her fate.
But on Thursday, in spite of the fact of HRDC chairperson urging protests participants to be nonviolent, protesters took to the streets to barricade important routes to the central business district.
Among others, the protesters razed down the district’s forestry, education, local government offices and national registration form.
They also looted the Karonga North West constituency’s water board branch–walking away with millions of unexplained wealth.