Citizens to hold demos in Mzuzu, say Tonse not for Tonse

Mzondi Lungu

Some concerned citizens from the Northern Region have organised peaceful demonstrations against what they call the "Malawi Congress Party (MCP) government."

The poster which has gone viral on social media shows that the demos slated for this Friday in Mzuzu City will  start at 8 am from Katoto Ground through the Highway to Civic Offices.

The citizens under the banner Concerned Partnership Citizen say they want to petition President Lazarus Chakwera to stick to what he promised Malawians during the campaign that among others he will end issues of regionalism and nepotism.

Tonse not for Tonse

One of the organisers of the demos, Mzondi Mkandawire, claims it is no longer the Tonse Alliance administration but rather it is the MCP that is running the affairs of the government. 

Mkandawire alleges that most government appointments are either coming from the Central Region or from the MCP.

"During the campaign time the word we were talking was the Tonse Government. After winning the election, today it's MCP government. Then we have been seeing that a lot of appointments the government is favoring only those people who are coming from Central Region maybe they are Chewa or the MCP die hards. Recently, you can even cross check with the recent promotions which have been conducted in government institutions.

"So as a concerned partner, not as a partner for UTM, no! Not as a partner for Afford. But as part and parcel of those parties who did the campaign, part and parcel of the citizen, we really concerned with what is happening to Tonse Government. So we are saying no no no government, president we want to tell you that look, somehow we are losing direction," he says.

MCP Spokesperson, Reverend Maurice Munthali is yet to comment on the matter.

The Tonse Alliance administration has a total of nine parties including MCP, UTM, Aford, PP and Petra.