‘Thugs for hire’ behind the attacks on protesters, torching of car

Dozens of masked, panga-carrying men on Thursday caused problems at the end of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)-led demonstrations in Blantyre when they attacked  people in a vehicle that was used in ferrying a public address (PA) system and burnt the car along the Sanjika Road in Blantyre.

The car that was used in ferrying a PA system during the HRDC demos in Blantyre was  burnt along the Sanjika Road in Blantyre.
As soon as the protests were over at around noon, Nyaphaphis attacked people in the car ferrying a public address  system

The ‘thugs for hire’, known as the Nyaphaphi gang, were ferried in trucks by unknown organisers before the demonstrations to be on the lookout on those whose conduct would have breached the peace in the city.

However, as the demonstration ended peacefully, the rough necks chased people who were in the vehicle used in ferrying a PA system, beat them up and some with pangas before torching the car.

The brazen assaults and torching of the vehicle took place near the residence of  a prominent opposition figure.

HRDC chairperson (South) Masauko Thawe said the owner of the vehicle reported the matter to police.

Thawe, however, said those who burnt the vehicle are on jealousy and full of hatred.

During the march, some protesters chanted anti-Jane Ansah songs while others were seen dancing to songs that were playing on a PA system on an open van trailing them.

HRDC national chairperson Timothy Mtambo said the human rights body had planned three demonstrations in January to continue with their demand for Jane Ansah’s resignation as Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, protest police alleged rape of Msundwe women and the stealing of minerals in Chitipa.

Mtambo said another demonstration is slated for January 27 in Chitipa to force government to act against illegal foreign miners in Itulo.

Meanwhile, Chancellor College-based political analyst Ernest Thindwa has said violent demonstrations are a function of numerous variables ranging from organisation competence of organisers and security agents, political culture and climate to intentions of participants in demonstrations, security agents and authorities among other determinants.

University of Livingstonia political analyst George Phiri and  Mzuzu-based political analyst Emily Mkamanga aobserved that the demonstrations are “still relevant.”

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mpanda
mpanda
8 months ago

Zili ndi mathero ake izi kuli mulungu kumwamba falao anavomeleza anthu onsewa akuyendayenda mumisewumu nalila kulila kwao tsiku ndi limodzi loyankha. Sizitsiru koma kubuula

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
8 months ago

How many cars have been burn in lilongwe

Atuweni
Atuweni
8 months ago

After reading about chicken s stolen at nsundwe cp farms by demonstrators, this is job well done. We need armed vigilance. The police is incapacitated by human rights laws where as MDF is not trained to deal with these kind of demonstration crimes. Whoever burnt the PA system did very good. Let the organisers suffer some losses too. Yesterday was my last attendance at a mtambo demo, I personally witnessed mtambo glorified nsundwe thugs by pausing the demos until the rough necks got released.

Wyson phiri
Wyson phiri
8 months ago
Reply to  Atuweni

Let’s encourage peace not violence.
today its someone else tomorrow it can be us
Noone wins with violence

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
8 months ago
Reply to  Atuweni

Machende ako iwe, mwana WA pumbwa, thief from Thyolo

Atokwene
Atokwene
8 months ago

Zifwamba za MCP busy causing havoc mtauni osawasiya ai 🐯. Akabweranso ku Bt gwirani otchani Trapence to ashes

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
8 months ago
Reply to  Atokwene

Machende ako iwe, who doesn’t know kuti its DPP, violent master

Lego
8 months ago

Its high time to get lead of this naughty,thug,corrupt and stupid DPP Goverment

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