Mzuzu Youth Association (MYA) has given President Peter Mutharika a 21-day ultimatum and another 30 days to address the current maize crisis and failing economy respectively.
The association which held demonstration under heavy security in Mzuzu on Monday presented a petition to Mzuzu City chief executive officer McCloud Kadammanja to be sent to Mutharika.
The demonstration was heavily shunned by residents, but the association members went ahead to march from Katato Secondary School ground to Civic offices.
In the petition, MYA want government to quickly address the current maize shortage, arguing Malawians cannot manage to buy maize from vendors as the vendors, who are selling the commodity at more than thrice the government minimum price of K5 500 per 50 kilogramme bag.
“We demand practical solutions from the government within 21 days on food crisis and 30 days on the economy and public service delivery. The situation at hand needs to be tackled with urgency because as we are presenting this petition to the authorities now, people somewhere within our society are waiting for answers as a matter of urgency.
“We therefore give the Malawi Government seven days to respond to this petition in writing,” reads the petition.
Secretary for the organising committee of the demonstrations, Andrew Longwe said the association will convince other youth associations across the country to hold national demonstrations if Mutharika does not respond to their concerns. n