[ ] DPP CAR: Torched

marchers in the capital Lilongwe have torched offices of billionaire businessman Mr Leston Mulli and the business offices of Information Minister Mr Vuwa Kaunda.
The angry protestors burnt the offices of Chombe Tea owned by Mulli Brother and torched two buses of his National Bus Company.

Mulli, the rapidly rising star of the business community, with a multitude of blossoming investments in goods and passenger transport bankrolls the ruling DPP.

Vuwa auctioneers company’s offices were also set on fire.

Protestors also torched two police houses and two government vehicles.

“The situation is very bad here. They have been running battles between the police and
demonstrators. Police have been firing tear gas while the marchers have retaliated by setting on fire two police houses and two government vehicles,” said Mike Chipalasa, publicist for the Malawi Human Rights Commission.

“People are angry,” said Chipalasa. “The situation is tense.”

He said a shop belonging to Adams Vinandi, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic Progress Party, was also looted. Meanwhile, power blackout disrupted a public lecture by President Bingu wa Mutharika at the New State House.

The President however went on speaking as millions were in the country’s streets chanting that he must step down.

Earlier lawyer Mr Mathews Chidzonde obtained the injunction on behalf of Mr Chiza Mbekeani, a Lilongwe resident stopping the demonstrations.

Mbekeani said he did it “in good faith and to save a life or two because I feared deadly crashes between the two rival

The protest had been called by a coalition of human rights groups to “express alarm regarding the current economic and democratic crises facing Malawi”

Wa Mutharika, who received praise in during his first term in office for transforming the country’s agricultural sector and bringing about “a unique green revolution”, now finds himself facing widespread dissatisfaction locally and bilaterally.

The country’s petrol stations are now characterised by long queues, and civil servants have gone for months without salaries and economic experts now warn that Malawi may be exhibiting the signs of bankruptcy. @ Democratic

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