Malawi protestors break into First Capital Bank, loot shops

Protesters clashed with riot police in Lilongwe on Tuesday, breaking into the First Capital Bank (formerly First Merchant Bank) and  smashing its windows in what clearly was a violent post- election demonstration.

The ugly side of the violent anti-Jane Ansah protests
The ugly side of the violent anti-Jane Ansah protests
The ugly side of the violent anti-Jane Ansah protests
Counting the cost of looting damage
The ugly side of the violent anti-Jane Ansah protests
The ugly side of the violent anti-Jane Ansah protests
First Capital Bank damaged by protestors
First Capital Bank damaged by protestors

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) organised the fresh round of protests   in the streets of the main cities to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for what they accuse  her of helping rig an election in favour of President Peter Mutharika.

The disputed May vote has sparked four previous demonstrations and is being challenged in court by the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the UTM Party.

Previous protests have turned violent and the government has said the police lack the capacity to manage them.

On Tuesday after court refused to grant an injunction to Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale to stop the feminist rations, protests turned ugly as people in the streets  looted shops and break in the First Capital Bank where some cash has been cleaned.

Several police cars and houses were torched.

Business persons said the demonstrations will have a huge economic effect since most of the property and good have been damaged.

Several business, including Kenyan Airways and pay-TV company MultiChoice, closed on Tuesday and will remain closed on Thursday, when the case against the election result will be heard.

The crisis has sparked volatility in the kwacha, the local currency, and led to the stagnation of an already fragile economy.

Malawi has a nominal income per capita of $380, making it one of the world’s poorest countries.

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Malemu Daniel Phiri Wa Muthali.
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Malemu Daniel Phiri Wa Muthali.

this was the work of DPP to make demos look bad, genuine demonstrators would not go as far as demolishing Kamuzu’s mausoleum.

Barnaba Sila
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Barnaba Sila

Ambuye akukhulukire. What evidence do you have kuti ndi a DPP?

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

DPP imaziwika ndi kupwanya komaso kuotcha zinthu

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

I have seen the Demon himself in our courts, is this what you wanted Mr Judge????????? now you are happy??????? GOD IS WATCHING YOU

cadet
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cadet

That question should go to jane ansah and not the Judge…you must be very stupid….keep quite!!

Evange
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Evange

Ndipo wamuyankha bwino. Kodi oyatsa moto, ndi moto, cholakwa ndichani? Would you blame fire for destroying a thing leaving the one who started it? Put all your queries and blames to Jane Ansah. Why is she not resigning?

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

the devil is in peter and Jane,ngati anawina zoona bwanji osangonena kuti tiyeni tivoteso monga muja anapangira Joyce Banda?and chifukwa chani Jane Ansah akukakamira pa mpando?

Cashgate1
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Cashgate1

Will call this “the cost of impunity”

13th Cheque
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13th Cheque

SHOOT TO KILL NOW!!!!

Bwampini
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Bwampini

Mbuzi iwe. Ndizamalamulotu izi. Do you know crime against humanity. Solve the cause and not the symptoms

Le Senor de Los Cielos
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Le Senor de Los Cielos

This is totally unacceptable and must be discouraged at all costs. Yet we should not take all this at face value. We should try to apply our minds and decide whether what we read in the papers (print / online) or see on television is as straight-forward as it seems. Their are usually a lot of shenanigans going around. It has been known since time immemorial that governments under siege world over will always have some people planted in such type of situations. These people are simply meant to destabilize the peaceful protesters so the political machinations can turn around… Read more »

MarkomX
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MarkomX

m**** yako awa ndi ma supporter a MCP

Le Senor de Los Cielos
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Le Senor de Los Cielos

Wow! I thought you knew how to read. Definitely not. The comment was not supporting nor castigating anybody sir. By the way, I am far far away from Malawi earning big bucks as a top notch software engineer (while you are wallowing in misery). The only thing you know is swear? Sorry man. And yes – ndine mTumbuka wa ku mpoto ku Mzimba ku Enukweni for that matter (in case you are wondering) – because I know that will be your next line of attack. Read between the lines dude.

Le Senor de Los Cielos
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Le Senor de Los Cielos

A MarkomX mumatha kuwerenga? Or pa chiTumbuka: mukumanya kuwazga? You missed the whole point of the comment (totally). Basi kutukwana (kutuka) is the only thing that comes to mind instead of engaging in meaningful conversation? Re-read the first sentence in the comment (may be twice or thrice), then continue through the whole comment. Wow!

Barnaba Sila
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Barnaba Sila

Satha kuwerengadi

I'm That I am
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you are very stupid. Chakuti chako nyani wa satana iwe. Why dont u take responsibility for ur stinking jealousy motivated demos?

yobu 13 13
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chakwela and chilima upulezidenti sapeza choncho ayi….ndipo chilima uziwe kuti to be a president simasewela ayi… osauka mmalo moti alandile chitukuko mwachangu mukuwalephelesa chifukwa cha uchisilu wanu..mmene ankabela mavoti inu munali kuti?

Evange
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Evange

Chifukwa choti upulezident sapeza mophweka nde mmati mubele? Nde mnzimenezitu, zakutsamwani. Truth and honest is easy to prove but lies are hard games to play. Why is Jane Ansah not resigning? She knows the mess her replacement is going to see at MEC. Why is Peter not simply just calling for a re-run, knowing that the pplpe who voted for him will do the same and the results will be the same as him a winner, it happened in Kenya and the same president won again.

International observer
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International observer

Malawians are too foolish to develop this country. They are destroying their own country with their bare hands and there’s surely no one who is going to come from outside Malawi to rebuild the country and move it forward. This is a country without hope. The foolish masses actually believe that there will be more food in their houses if HRDC/UTM/MCP manage to get Jane Ansah to resign or have an election re-run. And some fools especially in the Southern region actually think that the DPP-led regime will take the country in a much better direction than in the previous… Read more »

MarkomX
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MarkomX

well done fair analysis

Evange
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Evange

The destructions which are being done by the protesters are nothing compared to money destructions done by the DPP. In one way or the other, we always live in destructions. Only that the destructions by demos has hope for a new day. That most beautiful and handsome man you see, her or his mother cried when she or he was coming into this World. Sometimes good things come with pain. Lets just hope that all these losses and pain don’t go in VAIN.

Popi
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Popi

You are so stupid to call Malawians fools. Do you know why we are demonstrating?, watch your mouth!

Favour of Yahweh
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Chilima and Chakwera and their parties are a bunch of disgruntled, frustrated and confused people. What type of demo you go to loot, and destroy property. Their hearts are filled with demonic acts, no wonder they are leading the country to destruction . Mtambo , Trapence and your colonies, remember those who kill by a sword dies by a sword. You may think you are above and can inflict pain on local Malawians, because Judge Dr Mrs Ansah will not give up to your intentions. All what you are doing will affect yourselves including your families in a near future.… Read more »

Cashgate1
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Cashgate1

Lord rebuke you as well, be reminded that it’s HRDC that are facilitating these demos, and people are willingly, not being paid to express their concern how one conducted the elections….. if you truly love Malawi you’ll hate the corruption that is happening now and if someone will not stand up it’s your children that will pay

I'm That I am
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are u a judge?? what proof do u have that the elections were rigged? The issue here is that these violent demos are senseless as they are used to destroy the little this country have

Natty Prince
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Natty Prince

Kodi jane ansah munthu ophunzira ngati iwe chimene ukuopa ndichani osangotula pansi udindo bwanji?Kulephera kupeleka pepala munaulutsira lija kuti mr Tipp-ex wapambana ndi umboninso wina woti munasokoneza zisakho.Tulani pansi udindo mayi muli ndi zambiri zochita musatayise nthawi komanso kuonongesa zinthu mudziko mwamva?

Richie
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Mudzatifuna ku southern region
Don’t you wonder why no popular support for demos in the south ?
The answer :they voted DPP
Kodi ngwirizano wa a chilima ndi a chakwera
After elections.
It’s like replay after finals
No 2 and No 3 to make a select team
Zimatheka?

Bwampini
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Bwampini

Ukunama iwe. Do not generalise south, I cannot make such silly mistake empowering mbava because I come and am in the south

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

sitingakufuneni muli ndi chiyani?poti mukudalira kuba zimene zikuopangidwa ku mpoto ndi pakati