Anti-government demos blocked, four arrested

The anti-government protests organised by Bon Kalindo, which were scheduled to take place on Friday in Blantyre, were blocked by police before the demonstrators took to the streets.

The organisers and their followers, disregarded the rain showers and gathered at Midima Court round about in Limbe, ready for the match.

But a high ranked officials from the police, who were accompanied by a heavily armed group of law enforcers, stopped the demonstrations from taking place.

According to the police, the demonstrations couldn’t proceed because the organisers failed to comply with section 96 of the Police Act, which compels them to notify the District Commissioner and police before taking to the streets.

Lead organiser of the demonstrations, Bon Kalaindo, did not show up at the venue, leaving senior members of his grouping to negotiate with the police.

But drama ensued when police started chasing the organisers, their followers and the journalists from the venue.

Four senior organising members were arrested on the scene and were taken to Limbe police station where they were released later on the same day.

The members are Levi Liwemba, Kingsley Mpasu, Edward Kambanje and Jonathan.

One of the members, Levi Liwemba, told journalists outside the police station that at the time of the arrest they were accused of a conduct likely to cause breach of peace but surprisingly they have been released without being charged.

“Our arrest is a sign that government is afraid of us,” he said.

According the Liwemba, the demonstrations will take place on January 18.

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