Government critics behind pupils’ protests, Police claim

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Malawi Police Service says some individuals sponsored primary school learners’ protests which erupted in two districts on Monday and Tuesday.

Learners in Ntcheu and Blantyre went to the streets in protest against government’s failure to pay teachers their leave grants for the 2016/2017 fiscal year which has caused the pupils not to be learning.

James Kadadzera

James Kadadzera says the pupils were being sponsored to riot.

Primary and secondary school teachers working in public schools in the country have been on a nationwide strike since last week as a tool of forcing government to vomit their money.

According to a press statement issued on Wednesday by National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera, investigations conducted by the Police on the matter have revealed that some individuals are behind the violent protests with the aim of discrediting the Peter Mutharika administration.

“It has also to be highlighted here that investigations have revealed that some individuals with their own intentions possibly at discrediting the government are coaxing pupils to go to the streets.”

“Let these individuals be warned that once found relevant charges will be leveled against them,” reads part of the statement.

Police shoot primary school pupils

The police further claim that during the demonstrations, criminals took advantage of the protests to block roads, stone motorists, interrupt traffic flow and demand money from motorists, which are all illegal and criminal acts.

Meanwhile, the law enforcers have asked pupils and other people involved to use proper channels of delivering their grievances other than going to streets.

Blantyre Pupils

Blantyre Pupils were in the streets rioting.

“Police once again appeal to teachers and pupils to channel their grievances to proper offices using rightful channels for redress and not taking to the streets illegally,” concludes the statement.

Meanwhile, government has claimed that money for the teachers has already been sent to District Councils to finalise the payment processes.

This is happening as there are only days remaining before the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations are administered and teachers have threatened that they will not invigilate the exams if they will not get their money by Friday this week.

Education activists and Members of Parliament from the opposition benches have since faulted the Mutharika administration’s negligence on the matter.

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