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

Turbulent Transition Imperils Tunisia’s Arab Spring Gains

Critics say new anti-terrorism laws worsen Tunisia's situation while others put faith in country’s vibrant civil organizations, women’s movement More

Burundi’s Political Crisis May Become Humanitarian One

United Nations aid agencies issue warning as deadly violence sends tens of thousands fleeing More

Yemenis Adjust to Life Under Houthi Rule

Locals want warring parties to strike deal to stop bloodletting before deciding how country is governed 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.
Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fairi
X
Brian Padden
May 29, 2015 1:27 PM
With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
Video

Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
Video

Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.
Video

Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

VOA Blogs