Mutharika billboards pulled down in Mzuzu, Malawi police arrest some vandals after demo
Malawi police said they have arrested some vandal after they pulled down President Peter Mutharika billboards and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) flags at Mzuzu Shoprite Roundabout.
The people destroyed President Mutharika’s billboard after a peaceful demonstration organised by the civil society organisation (CSOs) while chanting that the Mutharika responsible for the mess affecting Malawians.
It took police intervention to quell the situation after others wanted to vandalise some shops close to the main bus depot.
Northern Region Police publicist Peter Kalaya said they have arrested 17 individuals who wanted to take advantage of the praceful protests.
Kalaya said those arrested acted after the CSOs had delivered the petition.
“The demonstrations were very peaceful because of the coordination with CSOs. But there are some people who wanted to take advantage of this, and we have arrested them. These people acted after the demonstrations,” said Kalaya.
The protesters carried placards displaying the many challenges that the Mutharika government is failing to address and as they marched at Mzuzu Clock Tower, the protesters sad down, and symbolically cried over government’s handling of the K4 billion payout to Members of Parliament.
In the cries, they accused Mutharika of trying to compensate legislators who had helped his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime to reject the Electoral Reforms Bills in November.
“Munkhwala muvipatala tilije, vyose tikugomzga madona! Mukiba kale kufuma mu CDF, sono mwati mwibeso K4 billion, mwabankhungu imwe timalanenge namwe [We have no drugs in hospitals, we rely on donors. You already stole from the Constituency Development Fund, and now you want to steal K4 billion, you thieves! We will deal with you!],” they chanted in Tumbuka.
Others claimed in their cries that the DPP government has specialists in stealing public money
In other countries the 17 arrested protestors would not have been given bail by police. But in Malawi police the police has been reduced to nothing. Better guard wa G4S amaopekako.
Malawi is the only country in SADC that is awash with president’s billboards, masking the total failure of the country. It is shame that after more than 50 years of independence, the country is grappling with issues of food security, poverty and tribalism. Roads in Malawi are appalling but vampires around the tribalist president still hover around praising and parading him as irreplaceable leader. When will Malawians really wake up and get rid of mediocrity and tribalism? Every sector of Malawi’s government/economy is ruled by a Lomwe, simply to facilitate looting of government money, while the entire country watches helpless.… Read more »
Alamu pumani mwakalamba, mama Callista give us a signal to spot those dividing the DPP. Why not give Chilima powers, agogo kuba.