Police, vendors skirmishes in Lilongwe

Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe on Wednesday was the scene of running battles between the police and streets vendors after the Lilongwe City Council launched a campaign to confiscate their merchandise.

Trouble  begun when  city workers  under police guard  started to clean up the streets and then impounded  goods from the vendors along the Malanganga roadside.

Traders irked with the move , mobilised themselves to hit back at the police by pelting them with stones and some cops were physically assaulted.

Malangalanga road was scene of gunshots on Wednesday

Police  officers fired in the  air but the fear of death did not move the vendors.  They overpowered most of the officers which forced the security forces to withdraw to add up their strength.

“A group of vendors threw stones at the police and smashed PTC Supermarket,” Nyasa Times correspondent who witnessed the running battles said.

Police spokesman Davie Chingwalu said “order had restored.”

The government wants the traders to move to permanent flea markets .

The development comes after  Police in the northern city of Mzuzu on Tuesday opened fire  after vendors reacted angrily with the action to by  Mzuzu City Council’s (MCC) to confiscate some of their goods near Mzuzu Bus Depot.

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