Chewa Heritage Foundation has embarked on a campaign in Lilongwe Rural to sensitise residents to the need to conduct peaceful demonstrations.
Speaking during a meeting organised by Lilongwe District Council, the foundation’s chairperson Lyson Banda said the campaign follows violent scenes during recent demonstrations that led to destruction of property.
He said they received reports that gulewamkulu caused chaos which put people’s lives in danger.
“We heard that gulewamkulu is everywhere, especially in traditional authority [T/As] Kabudula, Khongoni and Mtema and that head teachers, teachers and business people are being terrorised during demonstrations,” Banda said Lilongwe Rural West desk officer in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Konzi Phiri, said about 20 schools have been affected in various T/As such as Kalolo, Kabudula, Mtema, Khongoni and Njewa.
In his remarks, Lilongwe district commissioner Lawford Palani said many services have been disrupted by some people who are destroying schools, people’s houses as well as businesses in the name of demonstrations.
“That is why we invited different stakeholders from different sections so that we can map the way forward together,” he said.
Palani commended the Chewa group for the initiative.
Meeting attendees included political party members, traditional leaders, police officers and district education managers.