Peter Mutharika back to Lilongwe


By Macdonald Thom:

There were running battles in Lilongwe between the police and some people who were marching towards Biwi Triangle.

According to a source, the people wanted to block President Peter Mutharika’s entry into the city.


The eye-witness said the people were coming from the High Court after the adjournment of a case in which Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima are challenging presidential election results of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Ironically, national flag poles were erected on some sections of the road from Biwi Traingle, through Mchesi, Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout to Parliament roundabout.

“The people were coming from the court. They passed through Kamuzu Procession Road and reached Lilongwe Girls Secondary School. When they reached there, police officers started firing teargas canisters at them and people fled. But when they saw that the police officers had gone, they put branches of trees on the road and burnt some tyres,” the source said.


The source said the road was blocked at Lilongwe Girls Cemetery near the entrance of Lilongwe Girls Secondary School.

According to the sources, the police fired more teargas canisters around the area to disperse the people.

Mutharika, however, made it to Kamuzu Palace. When entering the city, he used the Lilongwe-City West bypass on his way to the palace.

Presidential spokesperson, Mgeme Kalilani, Wednesday said they travelled well from Mangochi to Lilongwe.

“We have travelled well. We were on the convoy; we wouldn’t know what was happening elsewhere. We are just seeing those things on the social media. In fact, I started seeing those things after we had reached the palace,” Kalilani said.

This is Mutharika’s return to the city after the elections. Friday, he is expected to preside over the official opening of the 48th Session of Parliament.

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