News / Africa

Malawi Protest Chairman Resigns Amid Bribery Allegations

Malawi President Joyce Banda (2012 photo)Malawi President Joyce Banda (2012 photo)
x
Malawi President Joyce Banda (2012 photo)
Malawi President Joyce Banda (2012 photo)
Lameck Masina
— The chairman of a national protest movement in Malawi has pulled out of planned demonstrations amid accusations he has been bribed to call off the event.

The national protests are aimed at Malawi President Joyce Banda’s economic policies and currency devaluation, which have resulted in higher costs of living.

But in a surprise move, McCitings M’doka told a news conference he is pulling out due to pressure from some politicians.  He also says he fears he will be arrested because police have not given permission for the demonstrations.

“Actually, I had an intention that my fellow colleagues will have an intention to pave way for the dialogue with the government.  I did not expect that there is a time limit for this dialogue.  Surprisingly, right on the press briefing is when I have realized that the time limit is over and we can not venture for any dialogue as well,” M'Doka said.

M’doka’s move comes amid reports he received money from the ruling People’s Party to cancel the demonstrations.  M’doka said he met with party publicity secretary Hophmally Makande, but denied having been bribed.

“Makande met me and it is true.  But he did not give me any money.  And I really assure you that there is not any politician who has driven me to go out from this group,” M'Doka said.

Executive Director John Kapito of the Malawi Consumers Association, which is supporting the protests, described M’doka as unprincipled and not to be trusted.  

“He is also aware that the job of us is not also to provide security and to calm the people, and what he is now asking from us are things that are really out of context, which means there is something that is sinister he had in mind.  And indeed to cut the long story short, Mr. M’doka would have talked to me before he came here,” Kapito said.

Kapito says the protests will be held, despite M’doka’s pullout.

Malawi Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu denies the government has bribed organizers to suspend or cancel the January 17 protests.

Earlier, Kunkuyu told VOA the Banda government would not undermine the constitutional rights of the organizers.

“That is what the government cannot do.  Buying people off their plans to exercise their democratic rights is an infringement on the law itself.  We cannot stop them by bribing them, no,” Kunkuyu said.

It is uncertain if the police will provide security for the planned demonstrations.  National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo was unavailable and Deputy National Police spokesperson Kelvin Maigwa refused comment on the issue.

You May Like

Reports of Mass Murder on Mediterranean Smuggler’s Boat

Boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569 More

Video New Thailand Hotline Targets Misbehaving Monks

Officials say move aims to restore country’s image of Buddhism, tarnished by recent high profile scandals such as opulent lifestyle, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as child sex abuse More

Study: Dust from Sahara Helped Form Bahama Islands

What does the Sahara have in common with a Caribbean island? Quite a lot, researchers say More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Astronauts Train in Underwater Labi
X
George Putic
July 25, 2014 7:25 PM
In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid