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Riots erupt in cities in neighbouring Malawi

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    Riots have broken out in cities in Malawi as opposition groups protest against President Bingu wa Mutharika's government. At least one person has died in the northern city of Mzuzu and protesters are burning barricades and looting property in the capital. The authorities have banned live broadcasts of the riots. The trouble started after a court ruled on Tuesday the protests, called against the high cost of living, were illegal.

    'Running battles'

    Northern Region Police spokesperson Norah Chimwala told the BBC that one person had died in the unrest in Mzuzu, some 300km (185 miles) north of the capital, Lilongwe. But she could not confirm if he had been killed by police. A nurse at Mzuzu Central Hospital told the Associated Press news agency medical staff were treating people with gunshot wounds. "We have more than 10 people in the hospital right now, some are in a serious condition," she said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    There have also been reports that the property of a government minister has been attacked by demonstrators in the city. The BBC's Joel Nkoma in Lilongwe says the situation is also tense there, where angry crowds have been shouting, "Let him [Mr Mutharika] go". He says police have fired teargas and have set up roadblocks to prevent protesters from entering the city centre, where all shops are closed and streets deserted.

    The riots are taking place in three townships near Lilongwe - Biwi, Kawale and Nchesi, our reporter says. "There have been running battles between the police and demonstrators, Malawi Human Rights Commission spokesman Mike Chipalasa told the AFP news agency. "People are angry. The situation is tense," he said. A shop owned by an MP from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and a warehouse belonging to a businessman allied with Mr Mutharika have been looted, our reporter says.

    AFP reports that the homes of three policemen have also been set alight in Lilongwe. Police have also confiscated the camera of a photographer covering the protests, correspondents say. The owner of Malawi's private Capital Radio, Alaudin Osman, told the BBC the authorities had ordered the station to stop live broadcasts because they were allegedly aggravating the situation. "Rather than being shut down all together, we have decided to comply with the regulation," he told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

    Aid row

    On Tuesday, DPP supporters, armed with machetes, smashed the vehicles of two private radio stations in the commercial capital, Blantyre. They roamed the streets of the city, threatening to deal with anyone who took part in the protests, correspondents say. But thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Blantyre on Wednesday, despite the threats. High Court judge Chifundo Kachale granted the injunction that the nationwide protests - organised by a coalition of civil society groups - were illegal in a late night ruling on Tuesday.

    The demonstrations were called to protest against rising fuel prices, a shortage of foreign exchange reserves, alleged bad governance and poor international relations. Last week, the UK cut direct aid to Malawi after a diplomatic spat with Mr Mutharika's government. The UK accused Malawi of mishandling the economy and failing to uphold human rights. The government recently passed an austerity budget, raising taxes to reduce dependence on aid. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 75% of the population living on less than $1 (60p) a day.

    BBC News - Malawi riots erupt in Lilongwe and Mzuzu


     
  2. AirTanzania

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    Bado Tanzania kumtoa Mkoloni Mweusi a.K.a Vasco Da Gama II au Zee la Anga
     
  3. EMT

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    You think so. Ingekuwa nchi nyingine, kwa tatizo la umeme tulillo nalo mbona ungekuta tayari? Tanzania ni nchi amani na utulivu.
     
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    Tanzania ni nchi amani na utulivu. with all the chaos going on in countries that neighbour Tanzania i think you can appreciate Tanzania's amani na utulivu
     
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    Hata hivyo tunaelekea sio kuzuri... saizi hali hapa inchini imekua mbaya mno!!
    katika kila sector... hakuna kwa kupumulia, maisha yamepanda - vitu basics...
    nauli, matibabu - sijui niseme nini?? On top of that kuna issue nzima ya UMEME...
    Hali ni tete - na wananchi hawajawahi kua na interest with what is happening inchin
    toka since kipindi cha Uhuru... kama ilivyo sasa... that interest is growing.. with an intensive hate.

    Malawi is one of a peaciful country... watu wao wanaendana kidogo na TZ...
    Ndio huwa wanakua na maandamano ya hapa na pale but in most cases peaciful
    Nilipoisikia hii habari.. hapo hapo nikafikiria Tanzania yetu ambayo tumekalia
    bomu liwezalo kulipaka wakati wowote.. au likawa dysfunctional kutegemea
    saaana na utawala wa sasa utasolve vipi haya mambo.... Sad...
     
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    Sisi swahili mingi no vitendo.tuta endelea kula vumbi
     
  7. EMT

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    Agree but we still have a very log way to go. Isuue ya umeme, though ni cause of other associated problems, sidhani kama italeta mwamko b'se ni asilimia chache sana ya Watanzania wenye access na umeme. Wengine hawajawahi kuona hata nguzo ya umeme. Kwa hiyo ukimweleza shida za umeme sidhani kama atakuelewa. Kutokana na culture tuliyojijengea it will take time.
     
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    Issue ya umeme EMT is one of the major for "instance case"... Umeme tuna waze
    sema Vs Mafuta ya taa (maana ndio alternative ya umeme in most cases)...
    mafuta ya taa sasa hivi ni from 2000/= to 2100/= a litre!!! Huyu mwananchi
    wa chini kabisa ana kipato gani cha kuweza sustain use of Paraffin????

    Wale wasiokuwa na umeme wanaungua kwa mengine yalo yamsingi na muhimu pia... kama sio maji,
    basi ni zahanati, kama sio shule basi ni kilimo (mara sijui vourchers zimefanya nini... Dah!)...
    ama vyooote!! Majority are feeling the pinch ya maisha in one way or another....
     
  9. EMT

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    Nadhani Watanzania tumekuwa wapole sana kwa serikali yetu. Serikali imejaa kibri na inajiona inaweza kufanya lolote kwa wananchi na bado inategemea kuwepo madarakani. Watanzania tunakuwa kama hatuna namna ya kuiwajibisha serikali yetu. Nadhani pia tatizo moja kubwa ambalo linatukabili ni kuwa tumekubali matatizo yanayotukabili kuwa part ya maisha yetu. Matokeo yake tunaishia kulalamika tuu bila kuchukua concrete action to eradicate the problems. Inapofikia hatua ya watu kama hao hapo kwenye picha picha kuyakubali matatizo kuwa part ya maisha then, there is nothing you can do about it.

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    I am Lmao with this pic!! Are these guys seriously serious??? Dah! Wangekua wanafanya
    kitu productive at least i would have understood.... Drinking in such an evironment???
    Sasa hata kama kweli Serkali imetuweka pabaya... do have to worsen it kijinga hivo??

    Kuhusu uoga kwa Watanzani ni suala liko wazi na ni kweli… Majority have so much they
    feel is at stake! Anaona akijihusisha saaana ataishia kua a GRAIN OF WHEAT (By the way
    that book – inaonesha not all grains produce) Na hata viongozi as much as wana confidence saizi…
    they have never been in such a pressure as waliopo saizi… hawana raha in their own kind of way…

    Nakubali kua bado ni mapema BUT things like this anything can happen… hatuwezi jua…
    hii kitu ikiendelea kwa mwendo huu infintly…. Do you sincerely believe Most watakua na a
    ‘NO CARE'attitude?? I don't think so… Si umeona uharibifu ulofanywa Mwanza juzi kati hapa
    in the name of Machingaz… wakaharibu hadi mali za wanyonge wenzao… that in the past ten
    years would have never been possible! Kama nilivo sema tumekalia bomu ambalo hatujui lipo hali gani…
     
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    Yep, that picture was taken recently kwenye zile mvua za hivi karibuni Dar. Dah! Umenikumsha mbali na "A Grain of Wheat" akina Karanja, Mumbi, the loner Mugo whose life was ruled by a dark secret, Gikonyo, Kihika without forgeting John Thompson, the fisadi of our days. Whether I believe most people don't care anymore, sure many believe things have fallen apart and that "It is no Longer at Ease" like it used to be. Some still believe "A Man of the People" will come around and rescue them. There are also those who believe that "The Beautiful Ones are not yet Born". But I believe the majority are afraid of "The Petals of Bloods" ndio maana tunasizitiza amani na utulivu.
     
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    Unajua the thing is not kukata tama only TIME will tell… kuangalia kwanza mambo
    yapo vipi na watu wawe wazalendo hizo Grains of Wheat ziendelee kupandwa – with
    time tutapata what we want… Tatizo kubwa kuliko lolote hapa nchini ni ile kukosa Uzalendo….
    Hii ni major, major problem!!! Mimi shida saana inayonifanya nikate tama ni ukweli kua the
    future is bleak… whether waje magamba or waendelee magambales…. Viongozi woote wa
    vya vyooote wako ki Siasa mno… no ukombozi hapo… Watanzania wasitegemee kukombolewa
    na Serkali… Hapa na quote Mario Puzo… (I Love this writer… Leo nimepata kitabu chake
    nimetafut for very very long – FOOLS DIE)… My weekend is going to be Great!!!

    "I don't trust Government to protect us, I have no intention of placing my
    fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed
    to con a block of people to vote for them." - Mario Puzo
     
  13. SHERRIF ARPAIO

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    Sasa AshaDii mbona mnatuchanganya na kutuzengua sisi tuliopo ughaibuni? Mara twaambiwa mrudi, mara the future is so bleak bakini hukohuko so which is which?
     
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    Sherriff usiogope bana.... Come back toa tu taarifa na nitakupokea...
    Vigezo na masharti ya signature yako vitazingatiwa dhidi ya viongozi....lol

    He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a wise man, emulate him.
    He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fo:hail:eek:l, shun him.
     
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    KUmekucha! Yale ya Tunisia na Misri yameanza Malawi. Maelfu ya watu wameandamana kupinga serikali ya Bingwa wa Mutharika. Mapambano makubwa yametokea. Watu 8 tayari wamethibitisha kufariki....Habari inaendelea!
     
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    • [​IMG]A protester burns vegetation in a street in Lilongwe, Malawi, Wednesday, July 20, …



    BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Violent anti-government demonstrations have left eight people dead, a local hospital said Thursday as angry protesters gathered for a second day in major cities around this southern African nation.
    A nurse at Mzuzu Central Hospital said the victims were shot with live ammunition and that many others were wounded. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not permitted to speak to journalists.
    The demonstrators have been protesting against persistent fuel and foreign exchange reserve shortages. President Bingu wa Mutharika is scheduled to address the nation later Thursday.
    Police said protesters had attacked businesses belonging to the president's political allies. Eyewitness Patrice Banda said looters in the capital of Lilongwe also had targeted shops belonging to ruling party officials.

    Mutharika, a 77-year-old former World Bank economist, was re-elected to a second term in 2009 in a landslide victory. Presidential elections are not due here again until 2014.
    Malawi's political woes have prompted former ruler Britain to indefinitely suspend aid to the impoverished country. British officials expressed concern about economic management and a crackdown on human rights.
    Opposition politicians and several local journalists told The Associated Press on Wednesday they had also been assaulted by police. Police confirmed that several civil society leaders were briefly detained for questioning during the unrest.
    On Wednesday, Madonna, who has adopted two children from the country and plans to build schools there, said she hoped Malawi would find a peaceful way out of its troubles.
    "I am deeply concerned about the violence today in Malawi, especially the devastating impact on Malawi's children," the superstar told The Associated Press. "Malawi must find a peaceful solution to these problems that allows donors to have confidence that their money will be used efficiency.
     
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    Kikwete soma alama za nyakati
     
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    sisi tz tunangoja nini? Huu ukondoo lazima ufe.
     
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    siku sio nyingi sana,
     
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    ikitokea bongo wakwanza kufa kwa stress nadhani ni mimi na ni stress ya kuona mabadiliko..
     
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