As part of the commemoration of Human Rights Day, Youth Association for Democracy in Malawi (YADEMA) interim chairperson Wapona Kita led the participants at Saturday night public symposium at Chancellor College in a candle lightening ceremony in remembrance of July 20 protests victims and Kingsley Misi, a third year law student who died in a car accident earlier in the day in Chikhwawa.
Eight people died in Mzuzu and further ten people died in other parts of the country during the two-days of protest in July when police used lethal force to quell during what had been a peaceful protets.
Demonstrations were arranged by civil on 20 July to protest against the leadership of the president, Bingu wa Mutharika. Shortages of electricity, foreign currency and fuel crisis.
This brief tributes ceremony was conducted at the very onset of the public symposium which was held in the Great Hall at Chancellor College. In Zomba
The aim of this public debate was primarily to explore ways of how the youth can be empowered to meaningfully take part in the democratic processes with particular emphasis during times of elections, demonstrations and economic and good governance crises.
Lawyers Ralph Kasambara, Bright Theu, and other two students from Chancellor College were part of the people who directly participated in the candle lightning.
Some of the notable figures who patronised this public debate included human rights lawyer Habiba Osman, law professor Edge Kanyongolo, journalist Kondwani Munthali, political science professor Blessings Chinsinga.
The United Nations’ (UN) Human Rights Day is annually observed December 10 to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The event was covered live on Zodiac Broadcasting Station.