Lilongwe for business not demos, vendors hold anti-HRDC protests

About a hundred protesters, masquerading as Lilongwe vendors, took to the streets protesting against Jane-Ansah Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) sanctioned demonstrations.

Lilongwe vendors in Malawi on Wdnesday took to the street over the ongoing demonstrations against Ansah
Lilongwe vendors in Malawi on Wdnesday took to the street over the ongoing demonstrations against Ansah
Lilongwe vendors in Malawi on Wdnesday took to the street over the ongoing demonstrations against Ansah
One of the placards

HRDC and opposition political parties Malawi Congress Party and UTM have been organizing demonstrations to force Ansah, a judge at Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal,  to step down as MEC chair.

The demonstrators have been violent, assaulting people but also also torching and looting shops and destroying public property. Vendors have suffered the worst damage.

Tired of being innocent victims of the demonstrations, the vendors demonstrated on Wednesday. They complained that the HRDC and opposition demonstrations are disrupting their businesses and negatively affecting their daily lives.

However, HRDC officials said it was evident from the start that the protests were organised by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which has come under intense political pressure because of the post-election violence which includes the protests.

They noted that demonstration was full of DPP cadets and ruling party sympathisers who carried quite expensive placards against the Jane Ansah demonstrations which among others read;

“No politics after elections”;  “Vendors say no to mademo” and “Lilongwe for business not demos”

The demonstrations were organised to detail with own security personnel apart from the 20 or so police officers who controlled the crowd.

The protesters marched from Lilongwe community centre ground to Civic offices at city centre where they presented their petition to Lilongwe city council chief executive John Chome.

They said they would be holding a vigil at the civic offices should the anti-Jane Ansah protests continue.

The HRDC demonstrations have also affected large scale, formal sector businesses. The protestors have damaged and looted banks, supermarkets and government offices.

They have also torched private houses.

Last week, 25 people whose businesses have been destroyed by the demonstrators filed a compensation claim of K524 million from HRDC.

The bill is expected to run into billions of kwacha as more victims are still making assessment of the damage they have suffered. The formal sector businesses are also yet to file their claims.

The Police Act and bye-laws of Malawi city councils stipulate that when anyone organizes or convenes demonstrations that result in destruction of public and private property and injury or death to people, they shall be held responsible for the loss or damage.

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Mbwiye
Mbwiye
1 year ago

We are going to resoond to hrdc anytime. Mtambo and his friends are stupid.

VYOTOKA
VYOTOKA
1 year ago

So instead of opening shops the so called Vendors spent their time doing demonstrations themselves?If running of Government business is left to the much compromised Charles Mchachas,Dausi, Getrude Muthalika of this World,i can tell every body without fear or favour that Malawi will be a roughing Nation. By the way, all Malawians including all Vendors not only DPP Vendors voted on 21st May 2019.If the so called Vendors belong to the President that others claimed was assisted by Jane Ansah to rig the elections then they should keep quite because business environment does not operate in isolation,rather it operates in… Read more »

jonas
jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  VYOTOKA

Join the discussion…IWE ndi galu sukumvetsa ungokuwa

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago
Reply to  jonas

Galu ndiwe, moti sukuona kuti akudzitsutsa okha agalu azakowo?

THE APOSTLE
1 year ago

DESPERATE TIMES CALLS FOR DESPERATE MEASURES. DPP HAS BOUGHT SOME IDIOTS TO PRETEND AS VENDORS FROM LILONGWE ……I DO NOT SEE AN LL VENDOR HERE THEY ARE ALL DPP MERCENARIES

MUNYA MUONA …..DAUSI, MCHACHA, NTABA, NANKHUMWA, HELL IS WAITING FOR YOU GUYS.

BLACK THUNDER WITH HORNS WILL STRIKE ALL OF YOU …MUFA MULI CHOIMA

Iantana
Iantana
1 year ago

My tax mxiiiew..

Vendor
Vendor
1 year ago

You think these are masquerades? Wait and see what happens today. Tionetsana!! Try your stupid demos you will see

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago
Reply to  Vendor

Tapangatu ma demonstration, ndiye mutani tsopano? Zitsiru zobela anthu m town inu, you don’t have business. Fotseki! !!!

Malemu Daniel Phiri Wa Muthali.
Malemu Daniel Phiri Wa Muthali.
1 year ago

You vendors are saying you don’t want Demos but business yet you are busy DEMOSTRATING in the City instead of doing business to the point of threatening to hold Vigils, are you not contradicting yourselves?

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
1 year ago

This is chichewarising: Inu ma venda simikufuna ma demo ….

THE APOSTLE
1 year ago

MY BROTHER I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU…HOW CAN THEY SAY THEY DONT WANT DEMOS YET THEY ARE DEMONSTRATING, SANAKANE BWANJI ,,,,,YESTERDAY AMAYENELA KUPITA KU BUSINESS NOT KU DEMO COZ SAKUFUNA MA DEMO

MBAVA ZA DPP MUNYA SIMUNATI AGALU INU

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

DPP funded

MASUSU PA THAKU
1 year ago

NDALAMA MWAGAWANAZI MAMEMBA
ZIKUTSAMWANI —MALAWI IS MOVING FORWARD —BACKWARD NEVER !!

Chumba
1 year ago

How much is chombe tea? I need some tea. Or I just join the demos!

Kapado Chimulirenji
1 year ago

Those that have sent you things will not succeed. In fact they are on the verge of leaving State House.Do you think that will mean anything to HRDC? Mufera u Cadet womweo.

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