Human rights committee condemns minibus drivers’ riots

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The Malawi Human Rights Consultative Committee (MHRCC) has faulted riots by minibus drivers and conductors who were protesting against implementation of new road laws in the country.

The commercial city of Malawi, Blantyre, on Friday wore ugly scenes as minibus drivers and conductors took to the streets to show their discomfort on the implementation of the laws.

Minibus operators cause havoc in the streets. (Image credit : Sharon Chirwa)

Police units and vehicles were torched by angry protestors in some areas such as Machinjiri, Zingwangwa and Ndirande.

A police officer is also reported to have been beaten and his rifle broken by the angry residents in Blantyre.

Reacting on the matter, MHRCC has faulted the riots arguing ‘dialogue’ could have been a best action.

MHCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba disclosed in a statement that the conduct by the protestors was “retrogressive” as millions of property was lost in the fracas.

Protests, over the same issue of fighting against the implementation of tough road laws, were also reported in Mzuzu as minibus drivers and conductors took to the streets on Saturday.

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11 Comments

  1. Ife Okwera Wa Are Also Planning Another Demo Mogwirizana Ndi Ma Shotelio Why 2nt We Carry A5okg Bag? Kuonetsetsa Apa Ma Driver Amamenyera Ufulu Anthu Okwera Now Tingogwirizana Nao Basi

  2. Zausilu zimenezo …inu mumalandira ndalama osazivutikira pomwe amnzanuwa evry day they need to on the road kut adye..
    Do u know that if the minibus owners opt to reduce buses owned many will b unemployed ….
    they know the beat of poverty n unemployment better than u do…
    Dont condem one side ,condem who spark the matter

  3. za ziiiiiii, analankhula ndi ndani human rights uli ndi minibus osamaona nkhani zomwe mumalimbana Nazi zaufulu wa anthu malo motion muone kuti zoonadi ufulu wa anthu okwela sulibwino inu mukuchita blem ngati munatumiza ma bus any kuti anthu akwele, kumamvesa zinazi zoona mwana wa munthu akamangidwe kamba kachifukwa kochepa mukatelo mupeze chochita muziti human rights anthu angomangidwa inunomwe mukhe Angelo inuyo? oyela ndi mwana wa mulungu basi tizingozunzana tokhatokha kudikila tsiku LA chiweluzo basi.

  4. Thats the consequence of stupid decision of bringing in decentralisation. kugulitsa ma company onse including all public transport now now eni ma min-bus ndi awa akuyerekedwa chonchiwa…