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Thousands protest in Malawi over official corruption, high cost of living

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Thousands of Malawians on Thursday, took to the street of Blantyre, the country’s commercial capital, to protest what they claim to be official corruption and rising cost of living.

The protesters made up of youths and opposition supporters chanted and marched through the streets to the Presidential Villa where they presented a petition to the office of President Lazarus Chakwera.

One of the leaders of the demonstration, Joshua Chisa Mbele from the Action Against Impunity, a network of civil rights organizations, who spoke during the protest, accused Chakwera’s government of misappropriation of funds given to Malawi to fight COVID-19, among other high profile corruption allegations.

“We are tired of a government which is stealing day and night,” Mbele said while addressing journalists.

“We have lost so much resources for the past two years. We lost the COVID money and we cannot take it anymore. We are saying that they should leave the office and go home.

“In the petition, we are saying that we want to see action. We have heard enough, we have spoken enough, we want to see action. We want Chakwera to show leadership.

“We want him to take action so that we preserve what is remaining as people’s assets,” Mbele said.

Mbele also accused Chakwera of failing to fulfill promises he made during his campaign two years ago, when he vowed to ensure food security to all Malawians and create one million jobs in the country once he voted into office.

Another leader of the protest, Rebecca Mwale, said the situation in the country was growing worse with food prices unreasonably high and medicines in short supply.

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Zambian Police to charge ex-President Lungu over ‘people will rise’ comment

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The Zambian Police says they are going to charge former President Edgar Lungu to court over a recent comment credited to him where he was quoted as saying the “People will rise,” which the police deem inciting.

National Police spokesman, Rae Hamoonga, who gave the indication that the ex-President would be prosecuted over the comment, said the implication of the statement was being assessed, and appropriate legal actions may be taken.

According to reports, Lungu had made the remark when he said ordinary Zambiand would rise if the police continued with the harassment of Patriotic Front (PF) and other opposition members.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Hamoonga said the remarks made by Lungu apparently led to an unrest at the Kabwata Police Station where his followers at the were teargassed and arrested.

He warned that a police station was a protected place by law and that any misconduct within its premises would not be tolerated.

“Today, the actions taken by Kabwata police were in accordance with the law,” Hamoonga said.

The police spokesman noted that the arrest of the Lungu-led PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanuel Mwamba, alongside three others on Monday was executed lawfully.

“The police managed to confiscate three drums used by an unruly crowd and these will serve as crucial evidence ” he stated.

Hamoonga further warned that a police station was not a playground for disorderly conduct and individuals engaging in illegal activities within its confines were liable to be arrested.

“The police are committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens,” Hamoonga emphasized, while reiterating the importance of respecting the law and maintaining order, emphasizing that a police station was not a venue for disruptive behavior.

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Nigerian govt debunks coup reports

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The Nigerian government has dismissed a report that has been making the rounds in the past couple of days of a coup plot by some disgruntled military officers, saying the rumour was not only “unequivocally false”, but “fake and heinous act of disinformation.”

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who made the denial in a statement on Tuesday, said such reports were not only baseless but mere “figment of the warped imagination of detractors, whose malicious intent was to destabilise the country and undermine the present administration.”

The Minister noted that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration would neither be distracted nor intimidated into abandoning the ongoing reforms aimed at rejuvenating the economy and creating a pathway of prosperity for the citizenry.

“It is now evident that some desperate individuals have resorted to publishing fake news to erode public trust in the government and sow the seed of discord in the country,” Idris said.

He added that the government would exercise its rights within the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s laws to contain rogue actions aimed at destabilizing national security and the nation’s hard-earned democracy.

The Minister further urged the Nigerian public to “exercise discernment and refrain from spreading or amplifying the unfounded report,” which was being strategically planted on some pliant and compromised news platforms to subvert the nation’s democracy.

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