Malawi consumers protests: Nyasa Times exclusive pictures

Thousands of Malawians took to the streets on Thursday in a peaceful demonstration against the economic hardships they are facing in the country and petition President Joyce Banda administration to review some of the economic reforms being undertaken.

Banda has been trying to rebuild an economy sent into a tailspin by late president Bingu wa Mutharika, but prices have soared since she devalued the currency on the advice of the International Monetary Fund.

The economy of the aid-dependent country teetered under controversial Mutharika, who picked fights with donors that led to a freeze in major assistance packages.

These are some of the pictures captured in Blantyre and Lilongwe.

Consumer advicate John Kapito and laweyer Seodi White were front line troops at the demonstrators.–.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Demonstrations in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.
Dress to not to kill  but protect: Police officer on alert in new gear-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Time to present the petition, Kapito flanked by Jessie Kabwila and consumers-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Police women were also on alert.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
The consumers on their way to present the petition.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Protesting in his own way-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Crying for Malawi economic hardships-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Flag carriers: Demos in Blantyre-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Some carried an old flag-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Consumers take to the streets-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Business was affected by the demos in Limbe market-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Activist Ben Chiza Mkandawire speaking in Lilongwe
Kapito posing with an admirer.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Lilongwe protestors.-Photo by M,abvuto Jobani/a blogger
Malawi Prison guards were on alert as they prevented people to trespass Chichiri Prison-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Shops remained closed-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Limbe commercial town in Blantyre was deserted-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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