CDEDI adamant on demos


The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has insisted it will go ahead with its planned demonstrations in Thyolo, despite the District Council's disapproval.

CDEDI had earlier announced plans to hold demonstrations in Thyolo asking government to address land issues in the district.

However, in a letter dated June 15 2021, the District Commissioner for Thyolo, Douglas Moffat has disapproved of the demos.

Moffat, indicated that members of the group had already conducted demonstrations on the same concerns on June 10, 2021, and that the matter is in court, among other reasons.

But in response to the letter CDEDI's Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa has said everything will proceed as planned.

"CDEDI is of the view that Mr. Moffat is just trying to find an excuse to stop the peaceful demonstrations, a development which is against the principles of democracy," Namiwa said.

Namiwa further indicated that CDEDI has engaged the services of legal practitioners from Handford and Associates, to seek the court’s intervention on the matter.

The demos were slated to start at 9am, from Khonjeni turnoff, to the Thyolo district council offices today while in Mulanje the demos are slated to take place on Friday June 18 2021.