Mutharika silently tours the July 20 destruction
No sirens but a heavily fortified presidential convoy quietly snaked into high density locations of Lilongwe where President Bingu wa Mutharika inspected what physically became of the bottled anger of the people of Malawi with regard to his style of government administration.
The president inspected structures in Area 23 where he saw what remains of what used to be an First Merchant Bank-FMB, some shops belonging to Chinese business persons and Farmers’ world. He also visited Kawale where a PTC shop and a Chipiku shop were torched to ashes.
The incidents were a-spill-over of street mass demonstration on July 20 in which civil society had laid down a list of complaints for presentation to and addressing by the government. The issues included, but were not limited to, scarcity of fuel, forex, drugs and good governance.
The presidential tour also took him to Chinsapo another high density township in the capital Lilongwe where looting and demonstrations continued until July 23, 2011.
President Mutharika inspected places in Area 23, Kawale, old town and went as far as Chinsapo in Lilongwe.