Some traditional leaders in Rumphi District are reportedly planning to stop the anti-Jane Ansah and ‘Quota Must Fall’ demonstrations from taking place in the district.
The development comes after recent demonstrations turned out violent—leaving shops looted, police and teachers houses destroyed and a number of businesses affected.
The district’s demonstrations coordinator Moir Walita confirmed yesterday that he was summoned by the chiefs to stop the demonstrations.
He claimed Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe and Senior Chief Mwankhunikira separately summoned him. He said the two expressed dissatisfaction over the demonstrations, citing destruction of property.
“However, the demonstrations cannot stop because the issues we are protesting against concern Rumphi as well. For example, Rumphi is one of the districts most affected by quota system,” said Walita.
But acting Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe, Mtima Gondwe,said he was not aware of the issue and refused to comment on the matter.
However, Senior Chief Mwankhunira confirmed engaging the organisers and the district council to put an end to the demonstrations.
He said they, as chiefs expected the demonstrations to be peaceful, but the protesters damage public property and loot shops.
“Innocent people are affected by the demonstrations and they should stop forthwith,” said Mwankhunira. He added that chiefs have since initiated a meeting next Monday with several stakeholders to present their stand on the demonstrations.