Mzuzu residents demonstrate against lockdown

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.

Some of the demonstratorsThe 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.

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