Malawi Police block Land Bill demonstrations

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Police in Lilongwe have told organisers of the Monday Land Bill protests to refrain from holding the planned demonstrations arguing that the law enforcers are too engaged to provide security.

Billy Mayaya

Mayaya: this will not push us back

The development comes at a time when human rights activist Billy Mayaya organised demonstrations to force President Peter Mutharika not to sign the bill arguing that it will set the country on fire.

Earlier on, Mayaya disclosed that they were to hold the demonstrations despite the police not coming clear to provide security during the march.

“This will not push us back, Police Act demands that we should notify them on any demonstration that has been planned in the country,” said Mayaya.

However, Lilongwe police spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula has told organisers to make a u-turn on the protest on Monday arguing that police officers are “too busy” to provide security.

According to Mayaya, they organised the protests because some sections of society feel the bill should contain a clause which should empower government to take away land snatched by colonialists from locals especially in tea growing areas of Mulanje and Thyolo and give it back to the people.

He also added that the bill has diluted the powers of traditional leaders on land issues, a development that Malawi as a country should not take in the pipeline.

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41 Comments

  1. Hey peter what did malawians do wrong to you,fees must fall,land bill must fall,hospital fee must fall,walking fee must fall,you will surely follow your brother in ndata

  2. Kodi anthu inu mukumangoti chilichonse malawi police nde kuti iwowo zikuchitikazo sizikuwakhuza mwachinmtsanzo land bill yo mesa iwoso azizalipira tisaiwale kuti iwowo ndi ntchito yawo kutetedza anthu komanso katundu mong mwa ntchito yawo ine sindikuonapo vuto ayi kwa apolice chifukwa akugwira ntchito yawo

  3. Malawian common people are now peeping from under the Polician’s stinking armpits, and we will never be allowed to decide our fate. It is so sad that we have accepted to be turned into puppets in this multiparty democracy.

  4. Apolice enjezelani malo osungira anthu chifukwa ndiye mutimanga ambiritu chifukwa sitingalore kt tizigura malo otisiira azigogo athu pokhapo sizitheka,
    ADpp angati apangira zimenezo ndicholinga choti ma china apeze mwai opeza malo kuno mosavuta alephera ndipo alemba madzi

  5. Almost most Malawians are fools.The protest organisers will lead the demos but won’t get hurt,the other protesters or followers are the ones who do most of the action and the ones who get hurt most and still more they know that nothing will change,The big fools are the police,they are not well paid and still more they threaten people all because someone up there who is not concerned with them has forced them to do so and the biggest fools and devils are th people in power,they impose laws yet they know that people cant abide to them.Where do they expect Malawians to get money to pay for their evil imposition if they don’t pay them well……. Malawi wafikadi pauchitsiru bola kumugulitsa……. F***k thepoliticans,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a

  6. the bill has already been passed & u r protesting? a mayaya mukungofuna kuphetsa anthu za zii. will your sons.daughters. your mum & dad be there 2? if not guys lets not take part. ive never seen a peaceful demo in Malawi

    • thats how the police are: and ukudziwa? kungopita kumeneko ndiye kumachitika shoot to kill ndiye paja mwezi wake ndiomwe uno wa july anthu 20 adachitindwa chandamale ku mzuzu palibe kompazetion iliyose mpaka lero kumabanja awo tiyeni tizangoona izi, yendani maliseche basi tidzayenda, aliyese asadya basi tidzakhala, nose muzindipatsako ndalama tidzapeleka kufikila mu chigonjetso chomaliza thank you do not fear policeman pachilungamo