People in Mzuzu on Thursday 16 April 2020 demonstrated against a 21 day lockdown that government issued as a measure to prevent Covid 19.
Through placards and banners they carried, the Mzuzu concerned citizens expressed their anger saying if the lockdown is to be effected, government should distribute food to people throughout the lockdown or else people are going to defy the order.
The demonstrators walked from Mzuzu city to Mzuzu City Council Offices where they intended to present asking president professor Arthur Peter Mutharika to reverse his decision.
Speaking to helplinemw.com one of the demonstrators who is a businessperson said he don’t know how he can survive throughout the 21 day lockdown as he depends on his day today business for survival.
This lockdown will not happen here in Mzuzu, maybe in other cities but not here in mzuzu”, he said.
In a separate interview with helpline.com, Public Relations Officer for Mzuzu City Council McDonald Gondwe confirmed that the demonstrators came to their office but did not present any petition.
“The demostrators came but they did not deliver their petition to the council, so we do not know the way forward”, Gondwe said.
He further said the Mzuzu City Council cannot take any action as the demonstrators did not present any grievances ahead of the lockdown.
Minister of health Jappie Mhango on Tuesday evening 14 April 2020, announced that Malawi will be on a 21 day lockdown from 18 April Midnight to 9th May 2020 with a possibility of an extension.
Meanwhile, Malawi Police Service and the Malawi Defence Force MDF has announced to intensifying security to ensure the public adhere to the lockdown measures.