KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Residents of Karonga and Mzuzu have agreed to hold a demonstration against President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance government over the economic hardship and failure to fulfill its campaign promises.
According to the organizing spokesperson, Layton Mangochi, the demonstration will happen on two different days in November 2023.
In Karonga district, demonstrations will be on November 28, 2023, starting from the roundabout to Freedom Park ground and then straight to the council office where they’ll present their petition.
While in the city of Mzuzu, it will be on November 29, starting from Katoto ground via Clocktower before presenting the petition to the city council office.
Mangochi said all preparations are in advance and that the demos will be peaceful.
“We are not in a democratic era. No one will block us. We feel betrayed by this government. The tree fruit we planted is bearing strange fruits that are poison to people. Before it kills everyone, we need to deal with it accordingly,” he said.
He adds, “Residents are failing to afford their basic needs. Life is almost like a hell now. The demonstration which has been organized by Malawi First will also be joined by renowned human rights activist, Bon Kalindo”.
Fearless youth activist, Steven Simsokwe who is also the director of Karonga Youths for Justice and Development (KYJD) described the demonstration reasons as valid.
Simsokwe who played a big role in fighting for the Tonse Alliance government said he is also ashamed of what is happening currently.
According to him, the current government which is under the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is reminding the residents of the sins it committed during the one-party system.
“During the one-party system which was under MCP, Malawians especially Karonga residents suffered more. I was the one convincing the residents to give a chance to MCP thinking it was a changed party but what we are seeing today has proven that a hyena will be a hyena even if it stays within a human being,” laments Simsokwe.
He therefore endorsed the demonstration saying it is the only way to get their response.
Such demonstrations in Karonga and Mzuzu have never been peaceful as they end up with violence.