19 October 2016 Last updated at: 9:13 AM

Malawi civil society condemns arrest of Mayaya over blackout march

Civil society groups in the country have condemned the arrest of the organizer of Tuesday’s blackout protests Billy Mayaya, saying his detention was unconstitutional.

Mayaya was arrested at Area 18 roundabout on Tuesday morning where the protest march against persistent blackouts and water shortages was supposed to kick off.

Billy Mayaya

Billy Mayaya in the hands of police.

The police rounded up Mayaya and two others, bundled them in a police vehicle and whisked them away as other protesters were insulting the law enforcers.

However, speaking in a telephone interview with Malawi24 from Area 18 Police Headquarters, activist Dan Msowoya who is a protest organizer said Mayaya and his team followed the law to the letter before taking up to the streets and wondered why the law enforcers arrested him.

Mayaya could not be reached for comment but on Monday he said he had duly given notices of the march to Lilongwe City Council and the police who advised him to cancel the protests demonstrations because they had another assignment.

National Police headquarters spokesperson James Kadadzera said Mayaya and the two other people who were arrested together with him have been charged with holding a demonstration without consent.

Mayaya organized the demonstrations at a time Malawi is facing unprecedented blackouts with some parts of the country going 20 hours a day without electricity.



50 Comments On "Malawi civil society condemns arrest of Mayaya over blackout march"

  • mumutulutsiretu apo mbe tiona kut titani nanu

  • Agalu okudya masanzi anu omwe… wht do u mean mukati civil society?????? Asamasulidwe galu ameneyu amazimva too much….. no sense

  • Iam confused is that the spelling of match or march ?? Please put the correct spelling

  • Can i talk to civil societies? Pls ur fools .becz he has ryts to do so . Since ur sold u cnt feel hw tax payers are feeling. People under operation are dieng in various hospitals. Yet ur there blaming mayaya. Are u stuped cnt u see? Wht is ur doings now?

  • Ndiye ma Demo atatha magetsi akuyaka full time tsopano?

  • Wen tym was right for ths so called escom, they were busy buying expensive cars for their bosses, spending money extravagantly on Chrismas parties instead of investing in putting measures for crisis tym lyk ths!!! Weather the water table in lake Malawi is lowering, whether Shire river is drying I strongly put the blame on unvisionary greedy people we cal our leader & Escom!!! Sometymz I wonder if really ma Engineers & technicians aku Escom ma degree ndi ma diploma awo re real….

  • Dominic Lapukeni Banda ndi azako samaleni ndithu ngati ku Escom kuli abale just shut your mouth than provoking public wrath

  • Tigwira bwanji ntchito magetsi mutazimitsa iwe amene ukuikila kumbuyo bomawe uli ndi vito you are just defending.

  • I wish I could hear that him has judged fast to prison because he is stupid. His office is to defend people not to lead them on stupid things. The majority doesn’t march, him has closed the office individually, what for?
    He has broken his constitutional office and maintain the political constitution, then the political constitution has grabbed him.

  • Iwe ndi mayaya nose zisiru

  • mbuz iwe tambala ngat aa aboma sakuva umat tichite kuwonesa malisechu mbuz agalu,tokhwetokhwe,nyani akhwere enieni inu

  • Anachita bwino kumumanga Mayaya, ndi inuno amabungwe ndi otsutsa boma amene mumapangitsa jealous imakuchulukirani. Simufuna kugwira ntchito limodzi ndi boma, pamaso mumakhala ngati anthu koma muli mimbulu. Mumazemba kupita kumakumana ndi akulu-akula amakampani ndikumawauza zoipa, pambuyo nkumati boma likulephera kuyendetsa dziko mtima oyipa. Ngakhale inuyo mutakhala pampandowo, palibe zinthu simungaziyendetse bwinobe nthawi inatha.

  • mpezeleni ntchito nzanu vuto yamagetsi ndi mwana yemwe akuidzi

  • Kodi magetsi ayamba kuvuta panopa?bwanji zaka zonsezi simumapanga ma Demo pena pake tisamalowese ndale pa mavuto akuchitikawa anakankhala ozindikila mayayayo anakapita ku Escome kuti afufuze kuti vuto ndichani ndichomwe chikufunika kupanga ndi chani nde ayitenge nkhaniyo kupita nayo ku Boma osati zopusa akupangazi ma Demo awadziwa lero chani zozionera kuukulu basi

  • Sanalakwe kupanga organise the protest.kungot ku Malaw munthu akat alankhule chilungamo amakhala oyipa

  • Malawi ndi anthu ake kkkkk koma

  • Civil Society paja ndi chani?
    Wina andibwereke power bank

  • BREAKING NEWS!!
    In Malawi, blackout has claimed one man’s freedom of demonstration; more updates to come.

  • Proposed bail conditions:
    1. To pay K20,000 cash today before leaving court
    2. Each to provide two traceable and reliable surities each at K500,000
    3. To appear once in a fortnight at Lilongwe Police station on Tuesdays at 9 O’clock
    4. Surrender travel documents to Central Region Police Headquarters
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  • Lets keep suffering foolish Malawians.When somebody wants talk on our behalf we shout at them.Umbuli watipha.Oh ok paja anthu ambiri mukuleredwabe ndi makolo nde simudziwa mavuto.Iam behind Mayaya

  • Boyd Lifa says:

    Billy! ..Billy
    Billy Billy Billy
    The great man ever

  • Amayaya wa amatitengera amalawife kuntoso.kuzindikira kwambiri iweyo?amangidwe basi waswa lamulo ma demo apanga bwanji opanda chiloledzo? amangofuna kudzetsa chisokonezo ameneyi pa demo anthu ena amabwelera kuba that’s y pamakhala apolisi.and onother thing ma demo it’s not asolution bvuto lamagetsi ladza kamba ka kusintha kwa nyengo so iweyo mayaya ngati ulinayo solution unene than ma demo akowo.mmangen basi

  • MAKOLO INU! INU!! INU!!!, CHINJALA CHOSECHI MZILIMBANA NDI ANTHU, CHOCHO NJALA INGA CHOKE PAKHOMO, UFULU OLANKHULA KAPENA OCHITA ZINTHU ZOSIYANA SIYANA ULIKO , KOMA2 MWAONJEZA. MAU ANATI, TIPEMPHELE MOSALEKEZA TINGALOWE MKUYESEDWA. KODI WAKHALA NDI ANA AKO PANSI NAYAMBA KUPEMPHELA, PAMENEPO WALUZA ZAMBILI? WINA ULENDO KWA GAYISI ( BT) , WABETSA 4N KWA MTONJANI / CHIKOKE YANI, NDI UJA WAKHALA PANSI NDI ANA AJA NAYAMBA KUPHEMPHELA, NDI UYU WABWINO NDIUTI ? KAYA MSOVA, KT AKUPASENI BELO AKUUZANI MK 40. 000, PAKOMO VUTO LINGA THE.

  • kodi abwana mumanga anthu angat tikuziwa kuti inu pano munasiya kulamula akulamula ndianchito anu

  • mwayambapo zama albino munali chete mtsxxxx

  • KODI KUSIATU KUDYA NSINA YOPHIKA MKAZI WAKO NAPANGA ULENDO WOTI UZIKADYA YOCHITA KUKU BWELETSELA MESA KUMAKALA KUFUNA, NDIYE AKULUWA ANAFUNA KT ALANKHULE IZI, NGATI AMANGIDWA PALI VUTO? MWINA KWA AKA ZI AWO, KOMA INE PALIBE CHOLEMBELAPO FUNDO YANGA APA.

  • Little by little! Malawi is likely to settle for a one party State!

  • don’t chose to deliberately misunderstand the obvious. YOU ARE LACKING DETAILED KNOWLEDGE ON HOW A GOVERNMENT WORKS…STOP YOUR EFFORTS TO POLITICIZE EVERYTHING….STOP GLORIFYING FOOLS…………… (I WITNESSED THE ARREST @ AREA 18 ROUND ABOUT). HE AND HIS FRIENDS WERE PICKED UP FOR ” LACK OF OFFICIAL PERMISSION” TO MAKE THE DEMO….. NOT FOR DEMONSTRATING TO ESCOM. (you can believe what you like).

  • Zopusa zisandkhudze.i hate cso’s

  • Amalawi zinthu mukuzitengera pa gong’o ndinthu zilizonse ma demo mulibe zochita mmakwanumo kenako muziti umphawi nanga mukasaka nthawi zanji poti mukhalira mademo zubwera mochedwa ndithudi ndaonera awoooooooooooo ndale saadya chonde amalawi phunzirani kugwira ntchito molimbika osati nsanje ndikaduka mitima yoipa

  • The arrest of Mayaya raises a fundamental constitutional question: Do citizens require permission from a government agency such as Police or City Council to hold a peaceful demonstration? Is it permission or notification that is required?

  • Kodi Amanga Athu Angati? Amutulutse Mayaya .Ngati MWasowa Zochita , Tumizani Pitala Kuchipala . dpp vomelezani kuti mwatuluka muboma basi.

  • Then therz NO Democracy in our country its DEMON OF CRAZY, thot it ws jus a pieceffull demostration!!? So how are going to express our feelings n tht shows tht we r only allowed to cast our votes but we shud shurt up n pretand tht evrthing iz ok!? Its a shame to my fellow malawians who wer sent to arrest blackout protesters bkoz thy olso feel th pain of our curent power n water problem bt bkoz thy want us to kip quaet lyk them then thy r forced to do thier zombie dutiez n pretand thy r happy, rght now as I speak my work uses 95% electricity n evrydy I go to my shop n open in d morning n cloz in d evning without working bkoz electricity goz off around 4:30am or 5am n comes bck at 8:; 30,-9 or 10pm sumtyms at 12midnite evn 2am n I woneder why thy put it onn n 4 whaat???? n it hz bcome an evrydy thing I eat, feed my family, kids go to skull eat daily olso monthend I pay rent fo my shop n house incl

  • Civil society mbuzi za annthu mayaya mbuzi Kodi ma demo ndi njira yoti magesi ayaka vuto ndiloto mukachoka kumademo kwanuko muzapeza magesi sakuyakabe ndie palibe chaphindu

  • Kaya zanu izo zimenezo ine zisandikhudze

  • Apolisi kupusa+kuzolowera moyo wovutika sazatheka basi tizit iwowo are happy with blackouts? Vuto la ntchito zolowera PSLCE+JCE ndilimeneli

  • Civil society yake iiti? Angofuna kuchuka basi,mwatha kulemelela aphawi

  • if the Malawi civil society condemens about arrested for mayaya. nde winawe ukufuna ine ndisadandaule i supposed to cause i also a citizen of this country palibe akusangalala ndi ku zima kwa magetsi dziko muno nde omwe amalemba khaniwa amafuna ma comments kuchokera kwa anthu nde winawe ukumatukwana ma comments amxako zimangosonyeza kuti ndiwe mbuli wachabechabe

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