Vendors clash with police in Malawi capital city: Fire tear gas

Malawi Police fought running battles with vendor on the streets of the capital Lilongwe, dispersing them from Lilongwe Town Hall as they occupied the land, including the pavements, claiming they had been given an okay by the City Council to turn the area into a market place.

Police teargas in Old Town, Lilongwe

Police teargas in Old Town, Lilongwe

Several people were hurt in the police action to disperse the vendors

Several people were hurt in the police action to disperse the vendors

A huge number of vendors busy putting up their stands near Lilongwe River and Town Hal

A huge number of vendors busy putting up their stands near Lilongwe River and Town Hal

Police had to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of vendors who went on an angry rampage after their stalls were dismantled.

The vendors also went as far as across the Lilongwe River and occupied every piece of land available around the Chinese Wullian Super Market, all the way up the river bank to somewhere opposite the Lilongwe minibus terminals.

The vendors claim the City Assembly allocated the piece of land to them so that they stop plying their trade along the streets.

Vendors Clyton Lawani, Denis Chikanda and Everson Chisulo, who are part of the group setting up benches at the controversial site, concurred saying the place was allocated to them by the city authorities and vendos’ chairman, a Mr Namponya.

But when asked bring the chairman for an interview, the vendors found it difficult to locate him.

For months now, the City Assembly assisted by the police has been engaged in running battles with the vendors who trade along the streets as opposed to their dedicated places.

Reacting to the news, Lilongwe City Assembly, through its Director of Commerce, Genscher Mbwabwa, said they have not allocated any place to vendors and that those preparing the land between Town Hall and Lilongwe River are doing it illegally.

“The City has not allocated any land to the vendors. We told those vendors who are selling fruits such as bananas to stop roaming in the streets and settle at Lizulu market along Old Town – City Centre Road, but apparently the others have taken advantage to take the space which they were not given,” explained Director of Commerce, Gemsley Mbwabwa.

Mbwabwa continued saying: “Most of those vendors illegally plying their trade along the streets have benches for trading at the designated markets but they say they don’t sell enough because they think they are far away from where people pass by.”

He said most of them such as second hand clothes and shoes sellers have their proper places unlike fruit sellers such as banana sellers, and that is the reason city wanted to allocate a small piece to the fruit sellers a piece of land at Lizulu market opposed Toyota Malawi, along Old Town – City Center Road.

He however admitted that the city is lacking enough space to accommodate as many sellers as possible.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 75% of the population living on less than $1 (60p) a day.

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clement
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Ok, achewa mwayamba kuyerekedwa? Mukuiwara kuti anthu akumwera omwewo ndi amene akuipanga Lilongwe kuti ioneke bwino.Ngati izi muipitiliza tisamutsa likulu kupitanso ku Zomba or Blantyre ndipo nzotheka.Kukumangirani parliament,Stadium,presidetial villa etc mukuona ngati mwafikapo? Mbole zanu mwamva.Mwaila kuti Kamuzu amakakamira kumwera chifukwa chokongola Bt + Kuchawe.Mudzakalira tsiku lina.

ulendowu ndi watonse
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tsakulaninso ma besi ajatu kuti enawa akaphuzire maluso osiyanasiyana aja ndi kumapeza chochita . kodi nanga aliyense akakhala venda malo ake achoka kuti , bola kubesiko asakagwirenso mifuti ayi .but the idea was good.anthu koma adangokhala osakhululuka mumaona ngatikuti chilichonse amapanga KAMUZU chinali choipa komatu Ulendowu ndi wa tonse

Agalu Pa Mpando (APM)
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Agalu Pa Mpando (APM)

Shaaaa ma venda akwa goliati bwererani mundichitsa manyazi pilizi. Ma venda a ku machinga kapitani kwa kapoloma. Kuno ndi kwa chakwera ndi abale ake a chewa ndi atumbuka

Chatty Man
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Just give them fines if found on street selling items thats all, they will stop all that rubbish!

victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
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victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
No vendors cannot just occupy places anywhere they like. It’s illegal. But Lilongwe city officials do even worse things. The occupy plots all over for personal buildings or for eventual sale. Investigate the two friends – The Director of Finance (Mr Sibande) – A plot in Area 25, another in new Area 49, another in Area 43, two in Area 47 (one annexing old grave yard near Chigoneka Community Day Sec. school, another one along the same branching road, where he stays, just to mention but a few). The his friend the Chief Executive (Mr Hara) – Oh! plots everywhere… Read more »
Mzika ya Lilongwe
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Ambiriwa ndiwobwera kuchokera kumwera kosowa zochita. Kuba ndiye kwawo. Geni ya ma sweet usiku kuba.

gaba
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mbava zachoka kwa goliati
kumadzavutitsana ndi apolice kuno ku lilongwe.fwetseki

zangazokha
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Anthu akwagoliati wawo ndi ulimi ndi ma ofice basi, kuima misewu kumabela anthu amaona zotaisa nthawi. Mlesi nchewa kwake nkuvina gule basi akatopa ndi gule nkumabela wanthu ntwn, Nate ntumbuka xul ikamukanika kuthawa Ku kaya nkuzapisa wanthu mmatumba musova!

Chimwamowa
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Azikuphulitsani Chomcho Mukuzolowela

Mashon chimta
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Tinapumulako tear gas

Fathi Alshdhaab
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pAja amapita ku chibvomezi or landslide ndi mfuti!
mavendof enawa si an hto ama bwanaku office..kale evdn ma line a mhc panalube zifha.ndala zogulitsa second cloghes or makala or mandazi etc zinali boo zinthu ndi a ngaazi hkb

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