7 drivers arrested

Police and truck drivers

Seven drivers and top officials of the Truck Drivers Association of Malawi and Professional Drivers’ Union have been arrested.

The arrests took place in Lilongwe as the drivers and their officials held demonstrations over pay.

No official communication has been on the reasons for the arrests.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said he needed more time

Spokesperson for the Union, Paul Kachitsa said they have suspicion the arrests have been made in connection to the on-going strike by the truck drivers across the country.

Kachitsa claimed officers at Kanengo Police Station have also beat up and arrested Secretary General for the Union, Mphatso Moleni, who went to find out about the arrests.

The strike has led to fuel scarcity and hoarding of the essential commodity.

Government has reacting by proposing a fixed pay of K140,000.