The Munawwarah Islamic Organisation has asked Malawians to appreciate that government has opened its doors to dialogue amid the Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) January 17 demonstrations.
The organisation has since asked Cama to exhaust all dialogue channels instead of demonstrating.
Speaking at a news briefing in Blantyre on Sunday, the organisation’s chairperson Erick Jaffali Ali said demonstrations will not solve the challenges the country is facing.
“Much as we appreciate the indisputable fact that the country is badly hit by devaluation of our currency which has propelled price rise on various essential commodities, we must also accept that our economy has been fragile due to several factors ranging from poor political and economic governance by the previous administration,” said Ali in a statement he read at the conference.
He said the current administration is listening and responsive to issues affecting citizens, citing the withdrawal of the appointment of Vice-President Khumbo Kachali as an overseer of the Electoral Commission.
Meanwhile, Vendors in the Northern Region have called on organisers of the January 17 demonstrations and people who will participate in the protests to avoid bloodshed and loss of property.
The vendors made the call during a news briefing on Saturday where they distanced themselves from the demonstrations. The vendors said they, too, are affected by high cost of living, but said demonstrations are not a solution.