The Malawi government has now released compensation money to the families who lost their relatives during the 20 July anti-government demonstrations.
The releasing of the money comes after the families threatened to hold protests over the delay by government to give them the compensation money as promised.
Confirming the development, the families’ lawyer Leonard Mbulo said the government has given them 31million kwacha to be shared among 10 families.
Mbulo further said that the families can now afford a smile but lamented that the money is not enough as they were expecting a bigger compensation.
“We have seen a cheque of our monies which we have been asking the government to give us since soon after the demonstration. The bereaved families can now smile for releasing of the money though it has cost them too much time and money,” confirmed Mbulo.
Over 20 people were killed by the Malawi police during the July 20, 2011 nationwide demonstrations as people were protesting against the then leadership led by the late Bingu Mutharika who was being accused of failing to lead the country.