Sanity has prevailed in the capital city of Malawi Lilongwe after soldiers from the Malawi Defense Force were deployed due to riots between vendors and police just before the start of bussiness in the morning

Sanity has prevailed in the capital city of Malawi Lilongwe after soldiers from the Malawi Defense Force were deployed due to riots between vendors and police just before the start of bussiness in the morning

Our correspondent who witnessed the whole drama say the Malawi Police Service MPS turned the streets into a battle field when the beat up vendors as one way of removing them from the streets.

Lilongwe City Council officials with the help of the law enforcers were trying to remove vendors plying their business in the streets than their designated places.

In retaliation the vendors started stoning the officers while others looting and stealing different goods in Chinese, Indian and Nigerian shops.

The situation turned worse as the police increased in number and were beating everyone they come across, leading into violence that police failed to contain.

Later Malawi Defense Force came in after four hours of the fracas to maintain peace and order in the capital.

Lilongwe Police Publicist Kingsly Dandaula told JFM that police made several arrests with them pressing

Some of the vendors who were severally beaten and the police refused to give them police report to access medical assistance at closest hospitals.

For instance a minibus conductor who was severe beaten by the police was lying unconscious along Kamuzu procession road, it took soldiers and journalists’ hand for him to see the corridors of the Bwaila District hospital.

Unfortunately upon reaching the hospital they were informed that the medics are not working and those on duty have knocked off but the soldiers and journalists managed to get an ambulance that carried the victim to Kamuzu referral Hospital.

The misunderstanding between the Vendors and Lilongwe city council started last year when the Head of State Dr Bingu WA Muntharika said that the vendors are his children and can sale their items anywhere without boundaries.

This is the third time for the vendors to crash with the police on same grounds.

Rebecca Chimjeka

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