MCP Wants CAMA to Call Off January 17 Protests
Main opposition Malawi Congress Party on Tuesday called on the Consumers Association of Malawi to call off the protests and go into dialogue with government.
Mr. Lingson Berekanyama, MCP Director of Research said Malawians are not ready to experience bloodshed as was the case on July 20, 2011 when 20 people were killed during mass protest against the DPP regime.
“We think that going on the street, members of the public will benefit nothing. Dialogue is the key here not demonstrations, “said Belekanyama.
He confirmed that CAMA has valid reasons to call for the protests but said negotiation should always replace confrontation.
“Some of the reasons are valid but I am looking at how people look at demonstrations. . You know even in the last demonstrations people had valid reasons but people were killed. So we don’t want that to happen again” said Belekanyama.
A local youth organization, Youth Watch Society has cautioned young people in the country to be responsible if they decide to participate in the January 17 demonstrations.
The organization, which was among the organizers for the July 20, 2011 mass protests, has not yet committed itself if it is part of the January 17 protests led by the Consumers Association of Malawi.—Zodiak Online