Malawi youth protest against President Mutharika's govt

2016-02-23 15:42
Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

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Lilongwe – A group of young people in Malawi's Mzuzu city demonstrated against President Peter Mutharika on Monday, urging his government to address the economic problems in the southern African country.

According to Nyasa Times, the youth handed over a petition to the chief executive officer for Mzuzu City Assembly, Macloud Kadamanja, in which they demanded that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government work on measures to solve problems, such as the economic crisis and the food shortage.

They gave the government an ultimatum of seven days to respond to the demands, warning that there would be more mass demonstrations if no action was taken.                                                                

"Demonstrations are going to increase in all parts of the country, and with greater intensity, until Mutharika takes action to address our concerns... We want our leaders to take the country out of its economic crisis or else they should resign and allow competent people take over," they wrote in their petition.                  

The protest came after opposition parties last week gave Mutharika and his administration three months to resign, saying they had failed the nation. 

Mutharika has since assured the country that his government was in control of the food crisis and that he would soon give a national address on the problems facing the nation.  

Read more on:    peter mutharika  |  malawi  |  southern africa

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