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Ex-Malawi Young Pioneers evicted

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By Faith Kamtambe:

Malawi Police Service chased former officers of the defunct Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) from the memorial tower in Lilongwe Thursday morning.

The ex-MYPs have been camping at the tower since last year with the aim of forcing the government to pay them K1.6 billion for the loss of their jobs.

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There were initially about 2,800 people but some of them received their dues after being forcibly retired.

Their leader, Franco Chilemba, said, at around 4am, 60 police officers invaded the premises and chased them.

But the ex-MYPs have threatened to camp at Capital Hill.

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“Someone has initiated this because we heard that the Inspector General of Police (IG), [Rodney Jose] received communication from President Peter Mutharika [to the effect] that we should leave this place. We shall gather again and, on a chosen day, we are going to Capital Hill. We are also going to conduct a vigil at the Ministry of Finance where our money is,” he said.

Central Region Police spokesperson, Norriete Chihana, said they chased the people because the government gave them their dues.

“We take that [vigil] as a security threat because those people have been camping there for over a year now. They said they were waiting for [the] government to give them their money. So now it is becoming a security threat because some criminals are taking advantage of the situation. They go there so that they can go to residential areas surrounding that place,’’ she said.

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