Malawi police beat up schoolchildren mercilessly: Road to Chileka Airport blocked

Malawi police on Wednesday were  heavy-handed  on protesting  learners in primary school  beating up the schoolchildren mercilessly who were on the streets demonstrating against the nationwide strike by their teachers.

Schoolchildren continue protests in Blantyre

The protests have entered a third day in Blantyre with pupils from  Kachanga primary School in Chileka blocking the road to Chileka airport and smashing some vehicles.

Despite beating the protesting learners, police arrested three who were  taken to Chileka Police Station where they are being kept.

Chileka police spokesperson Grace Mwale confirmed the arrest of the schoolchildren.

In a statement released Wednesday, national police spokesperson James Kadadzera  condemned  “shameful act” by the learners  and urged them to follow proper procedures to present their grievances

He strongly warned protestors from taking the law into their own hands as solution to have their voices heard.

He further said police believe some criminals took advantage of the rioting pupils to steal from unsuspecting passers-by.

“We believe rogues hiding behind the pupils blocked the roads, stoned motorists, interrupted traffic flow, demanded money from motorists, which are all illegal and criminal acts.”

In the statement,  the Police remind parents, guardians and teachers that the safety and security of their children is important.

”The pupils should be greatly discouraged from taking to the streets to advance the agenda of other quarters. Anything may happen on the street including being run over by speeding vehicles,” the statement said.

Kadadzera mentioned that investigations have revealed that some individuals with their own intentions possibly aimed at discrediting the government are coaxing pupils to go to the streets.

“Let these individuals be warned that once found relevant charges will be leveled against them,” he warned.

The riots by pupils started on Monday in Blantyre, Ntcheu and Balaka districts.

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sandram
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Zobela ndi mmenezimakhalira, apa zikusonyeza kuti mtsogoleri si wakuno kwathu.
If that could be so, action could have taken already.
Kodi si emweyo amati ambiri ndife mbuli amalawi?
Thats why tikufuna achinyamata kulamulira dzikoli.
Zakhalamba izi zikulowesa mavuto ambiri mudziko muno.

tadala
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Children need to learn from last time they matched to sanjika to try and topple the govrrnment..that one day things could get worse..the country will even run out of freezes and jigies ..and that will be their chance to burn petrol stations and break cars and houses ..at the moment they need to go home

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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The demonstration by pupils in primary schools in Blantyre, Balaka and Ntcheu should be taken seriously by the authorities. The earlier they pay outstanding leave grants the better as it will enable not only teachers but also pupils to go back to schools. However, the manner in which leave grants are paid should be reviewed. Yes the policy should be reviewed. I believe pupils in Soweto in South Africa are looking at school pupils in Malawi with interest because in South Africa the police came hard on them, partly because they opposed the Afrikaans language which was introduced alongside English… Read more »
johnnexmimu
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za zii mukusiya kumanga chaponda adapezeka ndi ndalama zakhanikhani.amalawi mkumazuzika but look your busy arrest young students. shame on you malawi police. we will see 2019

solace
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That’s rediculious plz everyone work to get what he needs dpp to hell gave their grant

pathfinder
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kkkkkkkk mbuli zokha zokha baasi zachita comment apa. wanzeru ndi rift valley ndi ine baasi

watipa
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Am happy all this is happening in the southern region. God is in control, northerners keep on praying. DPP expect more problems to come as long as you are fighting with the northerners.

watipa
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Am happy all this is happening in the southern region. God is in control, northerners keep on praying.

Norbert
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its shameful to a school child

Hatton
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Hon. LOVE LEADS, musatiliritse potikumbutsa the Dark Period of 1964 – 1993. This dark period saw a cabinet crisis presided over by an invitee leader who was given the mantle by the humble late Orton Chirwa. The period saw the brutal butchering of the Chisinza’s and others. The period saw the ruling party officials of that time addressing people at Queen Elizabeth hospital mortuary while standing on Yatuta Chisinza’s dead body. The period saw Chipembere, Kanyama Chiume, the Orton Chirwa family and many more others running away from Malawi. The period saw Chiefs being beaten up in the north during… Read more »

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