A political grouping, Transformation Alliance (TA), has described the ongoing pupils’ riots as a time bomb.
The group has since warned that, if not handled properly, the issue has potential to degenerate into public disorder.
Since Monday, some learners in Blantyre and Ntcheu have staged protests by blocking roads and stoning vehicles and shops in protest against government’s delay to pay the teachers their leave grants.
Speaking to journalists at a press briefing in Blantyre on Tuesday, TA national chairperson Moses Kunkuyu warned the police against using excessive force on minors.
“We saw the police using tear gas on students. We wish to remind the police that these children can turn the country upside down if they are not handled carefully… It has happened in other countries like South Africa and such cases can result in bloodshed,” said Kunkuyu.
In a related development, Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) has urged government to move with speed in addressing the challenges raised during the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) All-Inclusive Conference, saying Malawians have had enough of lip service.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Cedep executive director Gift Trapence said: “We dare say most challenges identified were also identified at a similar meeting last year. In fact, they also resonate with what we in the civil society have for times without number pointed out.” n