Businessmen faults police on crowd control

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Businessmen of Asian origin in Mzuzu have faulted the Malawi Police for repeatedly failing to control situations that involve angry crowds in the city.

The traders made the remarks on Friday after police tussled with bicycle taxi operators who had refused to stop plying their trade within the city’s central business district (CBD).

According to the shop owners, the police usually fail to control the crowd when there are running battles which they say only worsens the situation and consequently leads to many people getting injured.

“Today, the situation was simple that people wouldn’t have gotten injured. The problem is that our Police always believe in using force to calm situations. Usually this only turns out to worsen the situation,” said Muhammad Patel, owner of PSB containers.

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Police officers get the blame.

Another business owner, Osman Salim blamed the cops for using teargas in order to calm down every chaotic situation saying that sometimes the gas makes people get violent.

“I remember on 20 July in 2011, people got more violent because the police tried to scare them with the same teargas. The result was that people started to brave the teargas and began breaking into our shops. We believe this wouldn’t have happened if the police were professional.”

“Once people get used to these things they will never fear the police that is why you see them pelting stones at them. Today’s situation was not worthy of teargas,” he said.

The traders also claims that they were tensed up with the situation considering the fact that on 20 July, 2011 another chaotic situation resulted into the looting of their shops.

 

They urged Malawian cops to use skills they gained during their training in controlling the crowd in times of chaos.

On Friday, part of Mzuzu city turned into a war zone such that one Police officer was reportedly beaten by the angry bicycle taxi operators.

The Kabanza owners went on to disturb business of the day because they blocked most of the roads leading in and outside of the city. As if this was not enough, most shop owners closed their shops fearing that some people will start looting.

In interviews after the riots, the Kabanza operators complained that the cops treat them like animals.

“We don’t know the reason we are being chased like dogs in our own city. We try to operate Kabanza as one way of avoiding to be thieves but when we come in town we are being chased as if we are dogs. That is unacceptable to us as citizens,” said Samuel Jere, one of the Kabanza operators in the city.

Another one, John Zimba, told our reporter that the police are already keeping hundreds of bicycles they seized from other Kabanza operators and they are failing to provide valid reasons for subjecting them to such unfair business environment.

“We thought with the going away of officer Nyondo we would have some relief but they are still on our neck. Why such treatment? Do they want us to turn to thieves? This is unfair,” complained Zimba.

Several attempts to get the other side of the story from police publicist for the northern region Maurice Chapola proved futile because he failed to pick up our calls.

However, calm was restored in the late hours of Friday across the city by fully armed police officers who were seen in their vehicle moving around the city.

Last year, the police were also blamed for failing to control crowd trouble at a football ground where they ended up shooting fans with live bullets.

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  1. Falken stupid malawians ,vetserani,Malawi ndidziko losauka ndiye sionse amene angakhale ndimagalimoto ai komanso kuli misewu yoti idapita kumamidzi kumaphedi koti galimoto silingapite alekeni anjinga azipeza kangachepe kuthandizira mabanja awo njala yavuta paMalawiyi ,magalimoto apampanje ndinjingazo

  2. Vuto akumpoto inu umbuli sunakutheleni vomelezani njinga mu town ayi,mataxi ndi minibus basi kodi Mzuzu kukhala city zidacitika mwangozi?.Osamatero tikuchita manyazi muliyendamuno.

  3. mkut amakuchititsani manyazi mwawachitila chiyani chot azipezela ndalama? kuyendesa njinga ndi maganizo abwino mmafuna akayambe umbava dere z no sweet without sweat akudya thukuta lawo leave dem alone ndife osauka bas even mtawachosa stngalemele

  4. Kukamba mokonda Malawi, tiyeni tiwone maso pa ulimi. Anjinga ambiri nditapanga kafukufuku, amasiya makolo kapena akazi awo womwe sangakwanitse ntchito ya kumunda. Kwacha ikugwa, BWANJI TONSE TIPEZE MPAMBA WOYAMBIRA BIZINESI? Zipindula?

  5. Ku malawi ndiye zilikotu tizingokhalira kunena kuti dziko ndi lathu pomwe tikusaukira saukirabe pomwe obwera akulemera taziwa bizinesi chifukwa cha anthu obwera omwewa chomwe tin’kadziwa ndi ntchito yolembedwa kumalandira salary pa mwezi pa 27 tiziwayamikiraso obwerawa osati kumangonyoza amatukura dziko tikhalira zomwezo.zoti pampanda kukhala grocery mun’kadziwa inu? Koma ma burundi adatiphuzisa pafupi fupi mpanda uliwonse pali grocery kkkkkk ko ku mw.

  6. Kuba basi a police komatsondinu osauka mu manyumba anu asiye awo anjinga akusamala ana awo agalu inu muzaleka liti kubela anthu ku malawi

  7. Kulintchiti kumuzuzu….z.amama Banda bakati bagabenge mahonda kuti yavwilenge banthu mutawuni namumakomboni.kwali Honda zikuwoneka mumusumba wamuZuzu zakwa mama Banda kwali?

  8. nkhani siya atumbuka.anjinga si atumbuka okha iyai.nkhani ndiyonena kuti:mzuzu ngati city,malamulo acity salola njinga mwachisawawa. zimenezo zimachulukitsa ngozi.azikapangam’maboma osati kunyoza mtundu wina wa anthu ai tonse ndife amalawi plz.

  9. Ndalama ya kwacha ilibe mphamvu as such katundu akudula,ulova ngochuluka ft umphawi anthu kusowa means yopangila ndlama,mukamati njinga m tauni ayi. Mziwonanso ndi tawuni yake,nanga mzuzu ndi tawuni.mziwerengako magazine za mboni muwone matawuni eni eni even pa top 200 lilongwe palibe.ngati mukufuna zimenezo muwapatse ntchito anjingawo kapena mpamba ayambe bussiness ngati malo adzakhale clean.inu mamalandira K46000 koma wanjinga kupanga k60000 ndiye mwayamba nsanje.shame on you amwenye ngati mwatopa zipitani kwanu ku india inunso ma chinese tsamalani kuno si ku hongkong.leave malawi for malawians.ZOPuTSA

  10. Inde njinga mu city ayi, Mzuzu eish mwachita bwino kuwathamangitsa kwachotsa amaonga town kwambiri iwo wokha balala town yonse! ngati akufuna zimene akakhale kutaali ndi town anthu azizasatila konko! Zoona inu town yonse kudzadza ndi ma vinjinga atumbuka yoooo! pezani malo anu kutali ndi town asaaaa

  11. it doesn’t make sense kulanda njinga ndikukango pakila ku police station! it their right to do to any business. why not if it is mlandu kuyendetsa njinga mtauni mupite nawo ku court or fine them so that they should get their bicycles? kodi akuyendera malamulo ati akamalanda njinga za wanthu? kulanda njinga sikungapangitse mzinda kupita chitsogolo….. mukawalanda njingazo alembeni mayina ndipo mukawalembe ntchito

  12. Akabanza nde mumatibera eti mukudziulura pano zitsiru bwanji .vinjinga bwekabweka vikunanga mzinda mwee katiti uli kut mupulike mkapangirenge ku mzimba , karonga, nkhatabay,rumphi,chitipa, likoma mu city yayi charo chikukhozgeka soni mwapulika. Anzathu mayiko akunja amatitseka wonani zili kumalawi

  13. Eeeeiiiisssshhh,kukhala Mmalawi ndithu ndikulimba mtima kuyesera ntchito zikusowa,kuyesera uvenda mtaunimu akut ayi,chabwino ndizingopanga kabanza at ayinso,ndiye titan tsopano

  14. Eeeeiiiisssshhh,kukhala Mmalawi ndithu ndikulimba mtima kuyesera ntchito zikusowa,kuyesera uvenda mtaunimu akut ayi,chabwino ndizingopanga kabanza at ayinso,ndiye titan tsopano

  15. There’s no need for the foreigners to break the citizen’s rights. Koyenda tisowe mtendele kwathunso tisowe mtendele kumene tikamasuke ndikuti? Boma lakwathunso ndilogona chifukwa limafuna kupatsachilango anthu ake ndikumaika munkhwapa anthu obwera usaverge

  16. Ngati inu mukugwira ntchito ena ndi malova ndiye amadalira njingazo ndiye inu amwenye ngati mukudananazo you better go back to Asia this is our country don’t tell us about our police not operating effectively.don’t think wina aliyense ali ndi galimoto

    • Komanso Chimwemwe kuonjera apo kuchuluka kwaoyendetsa njingako umbava unachepa chifukwa anthu anapezachochita,akapanga masewera umbava ungayambirenso.

  17. What is the most important between keeping the shanty city clean and thousand of unemployed finding something to leave by?there are beautiful cities in the world but you find the less privilAged cycling for livIngAbusa Peter Banda Egret Kuphundasingapo.so what is so special about this forest you call town.

  18. Blame shud go 2 malawi police coz diz pple amatengela malamulo m’manja mwawo.they are 4gtting dat, dey r their coz ov us. They must b sued 2 court.

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