Malawi protesters present petition against govt impunity, corruption: Many fear to join CSOs demo

The much anticipated “day of rage” demonstration staged in the capital Lilongwe to demand an end to impunity failed to pull a crowd as many Malawians feared to join the protest with vivid memories of the fierce crackdown in the normally peaceful nation by law enforcers when 18 people were killed in an anti government protests July 20, 2011.

Civil Society Organizations demonstrate against impunity and corruption inLilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Marching to parliament to present petition

Some protesters carrying placards

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Centre for Development of People (CEDEP), Youth and Society (YAS) and Church and Society (Livingstonia Synod) decided to stage the demonstration to demand transparency and accountability as well us fighting corruption without discrimination and end the practice of the rich to hold stockpiles of undeclared cash.

Despite the hyped publicity and warm reception by Malawians on social media, only few people turned up to join the civil society organizations a clear sign of how Malawians regard demonstrations.

The CSOs pledged not to hold general strike because it would cause economic disruption but the turn up in Lilongwe was not impressive.

There are. plans to hold a seven day mass protest from April 28th that are to be joined by opposition parties calling for “last push” of the government if it will not address their concerns.

Some Malawians commenting on social media regard the demonstration as waste of time and money, claiming now Malawians are no longer willing to fight battle that only profit few individuals.

Mvuto lake aMalawi anazindikira kuti izi nzopanda ntchito izi zimalemetsa kagulu kochepa zedi (The problem is Malawians no longer want to be taken for granted knowing such demonstrations benefit only few individuals),” commented Kelvin Sulugwe an entrepreneur.

Sitho Wa Seleman commented: “Mwabaiba uko mukufuna mphawi akuthandizeni zionetsero a police amushute zanu zkuyenda…anthu otembereredwa inu ,,azimu akuoneni powabera (you want a poor man to help demonstrate and get shot by police why you are enjoying the stolen money all by yourselves. May Holy spirit clean your souls”.

Of late demonstrations against government have been receiving low patronage following the shooting of innocent Malawians on July 20th in 2011 under late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration.

Journalist George Mkandawire questioned the motive of the demonstration, saying “This is part of what is in constitution which our fathers fought for in 90’s. Praying for peaceful protests and outcome. However my concern is only on the characters of people organizing the protests, very questionable human beings who are somehow bitter that they no longer dine with the royal family.”

But despite low turn up, organisers   have delivered to parliament a petition in which they are demanding transparency, accountability and an end to corruption, impunity, nepotism, electricityas well as water shortages.

“We want government to be more vigilant in dealing with corruption, there are some corrupt allegations against some ministers which have not been tackled. So we want corruption to be dealt with at the highest level,” said one of the organisers Billy Mayaya.

The CSOs say they are concerned with what they call “lack of willingness” on the part of government to implement recommendations by inquiries into the dubious purchase of maize from Zambia among others.

A joint parliamentary committee which investigated the maize saga recommended, among others, that the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) Board should start disciplinary proceedings against senior managers who were involved in the maize procurement deal from Zambia.

It also recommended a review of the Public Procurement Act to provide the pre-procurement approval by the Secretary to the Treasury and the Attorney General for procurements by parastatals and state owned companies beyond certain thresholds.

Elections are not due again in Malawi until 2019.

Malawi, which gained independence from Britain in 1964, is among the world’s least developed nations and UNAIDS estimates there are 920,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here.

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12 thoughts on “Malawi protesters present petition against govt impunity, corruption: Many fear to join CSOs demo”

  1. waputa mabvu says:

    ma demo m”mapangira maro olakwika.ma domo ayambireni pa lilongwe community mudzaona kutabwera anthu ambiri kukuthandizani koma komwe mukuyambirako iwalani za anthu ocholuka .nex start your demo at coms

  2. Major Pen says:

    Mademo ndi amenewatu zipangani nanga ikamakwana seven days padzakhala patasala agalutu. Vuto lanu ndi dyera akanakupasani ma scorn sibwezi mukukayenda, ndipo mumayenda ndicholinga chokhutisa mimba zanu. Mwachoka makwanumo mutamwa tea WA cremora, madzira pamenepo, bread WA pinati butter, bread WA sunner, Toilet yanu ya flash, mukuchoka kwanu pa BMW ya keyless, Mungobwitsirana Muli pheee, Aircondition mu galimoto. Ife zonse tilibe Ndiye muziti tiyeni tikayende pa nseu, chamba eti?. Malo moti zikalondera chimanga changa, akanakuitanani Mutharika ku state house mukanatiudza kuti ndikuperekezeni? Mumazikonda ife Ndiye Ayi manyi anuyo mudzipanga nokha ndi Ana anu. Ife ku Malawi tikangokolora basi president ameneyo Ali bwino zinazo a schoolnu zikanganani mutoonamo cholowa. Nanu achakwera mademostration anu Ali liti? Zipangani mutopedzamo kanthu ine Ndiye nsete zimenezo handingayese.

  3. bishop says:

    i said the demos is a flop cz of the calibre of organizers.. Their CV is soiled bcoz of their stand on gay and abortion rights.. Many malawians are against CEDEP for its support on gay and abortion…. So any demo organized by CEDEP shall never work…If PAC was involved or Episcopal zikanatheka…Amalawi ambiri are against gay and abortion rights..So Gift.Trapence and his friends are enemies of malawians..Though the demo reasons are valid and authentic.

  4. Manyonga says:

    We have a group of people who are fond of making sweeping sentements against a very small tribe in this country. Why are you afraid of this small tribe?

  5. Noma says:

    Sorry … Undule advised you engage with government. you missed it …seek wisdom from people like UDK and you will benefit greatly.

  6. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    Yes, you have all the same, delivered the message; but who doesn’t know that in protests, the numbers are just as important as the message itself?
    . . . Nanga, good as the course you are fighting for is; are you not surprised that not many people, not even your own shadows were following you (and yet kunali dzuwa)?
    . . . Vuto la inu a Mtambo ndi Trapence is overestimating your powers hence ability to pull crowds. Sadly, while you may have had the powers when you just came on the scene, you quickly lost it when you started kuyankhula zinthu zosadziwika bwinobwino, specifically za ma gay and other nonsenses?
    . . . Why don’t you borrow a leaf or two from Undule Mwakasungula and Kapito? These people managed to pull crowds in 2011 because of their consistency in speaking the minds of many people.
    . . . These guys were/are so wise that if an issue is not in the best interest of the masses, they would remain silent. Koma inuyo, due to your acute lack of brains, nde mumangobwebwetuka.
    …………………………………………………
    Nanga . . .
    . . . Is it not you (Mtambo and Trapence) who even dragged Ken Msonda to court for his remarks on gays?
    . . . Can you swear upon your honour (if you have any) that (in dragging Msonda to court) you acted in the best interest of the masses?
    . . . Do you now expect the same people (you fought against yesterday) to join you (as you claim that you are now fighting for them?
    . . . Are you two of sound mind?
    …………………………………………………………………………….
    You see, in many spheres of life, you have but one choice: In love, you either love a person or you don’t. In mathematics, you know the answer or you don’t. In religion, you are for God or the Devil. There is no middle ground.
    . . . Choose and be one thing. You cant fight for the people and against the same people!
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

    1. The Analyst says:

      O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
      And nnakuiwalaninso inu achita Mtambo and town rat, nzako yu.
      . . . You shall be forgiven on the basis of your short memories. Sadly, you shall be reminded.
      Kodi is it not this very yesterday when our albino brothers, sisters and friends were being hunted and savagely butchered, willy-nilly?
      . . . When it was obvious that APM is as clueless as usual, and some wise people (like Bon Kalindo and the masses) proposed a death sentence on perpetrators, what did you (Mtambo and Trapence) do, if not come in (like two mad cattle) and vehemently oppose the same? Are you sure that you acted in the best interest of the people here?
      . . . Now, if in many occasions (gay issues, death penalty for albino hunters) you are seen acting against people’s wishes, do you expect the same people to support you now? What do you take Malawians for? Fools?
      . . . You see, inuyo mitu yanu siiyenda iai as you seem not to know what you want. As such, no any sane person can follow you.
      O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  7. Shokodido says:

    Muchedwa nazo zimenezo anzanu akusungira za campaign chaka cha mawa inu busy kuchita sponsor ma demo. Zomvetsa chisoni mupeza kuti anthu 9 akupanga ma demo’wo ina ndi Mkandawire, wina Chipofya, wina Msisya, wina Gondwe, wina Kumwenda, wina Mwaungulu, wina Luhanga, wina Mwafulirwa wina Lungu. Heee dee.

  8. phyuta says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkk !!! Thre quarters of the protestors are the Tumbukas. They have been paid by JB. Zitsiru. Mukhala chooncho !!

  9. Phyuta says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk !!! Chifukwa chani most of them are a Tumbuka ?

    1. Lennick Mauwa says:

      even me am asking the same question my bra why so many Tumbukas

  10. Samal says:

    Pemphelani kwa Mulungu ndipo adzakupasani pogwira. Apa ndiye zavuta. Do not take people for granted. Do not put words into the mouth of Malawians. Malawi has spoken. The rage is for few individuals who are very frustrated and desperate about winning elections and their only option is to use back door. Days can fly. 2019 is near. God bless Malawi.

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