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Demonstration organisers call out Lazarus Chakwera

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Organisers of Mangochi anti-government demonstrations have given President Lazarus Chakwera seven days to resign over socio-economic challenges facing the country.

Human Rights Ambassadors (HRA) leaders said this Thursday when they delivered a petition to the Mangochi District Commissioner (DC)’s office.

HRA leader Kingsley Mpaso said Chakwera pledged to resign if he failed to deliver on campaign promises he made in the run-up to the June 23 2020 court-ordered presidential election.

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He said they were surprised that the President was yet to live up to his word, considering challenges people were facing in the country.

“He has failed to give the country clear economic direction, among other things.

“If he is not going to resign, we will continue to demonstrate and hold vigils at his office. He is a beneficiary of demonstrations, such that he should not underrate our decision and action,” Mpaso said.

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During Thursday’s demonstrations, which started from Mpondasi Market to the DC’s office, people raised a number of concerns through placards.

Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police Service personnel were on the spot to check unruly elements.

After receiving the petition, Mangochi District Council Principal Administrator Bisaih Mtayamanja said he would present the petition to the Office of the President and Cabinet as is the procedure.

Government spokesperson Gospel Kazako could not be reached on his phone for a comment.

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