Anti-Jane Ansah protesters assault journalists

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By Clement Msiska

Demonstrations turned sour in Lilongwe as angry protesters attacked some journalists covering the event.

Malawians on Wednesday returned to streets in nationwide demos demanding the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jane Ansah.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) led the marchers in the major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu.

Capital FM reporters on the ground reveal that some journalists have lost valuables as they were attacked by angry protesters for taking pictures during the protests.

Nation Publicans Journalist Golden Matonga and Gladys Thenda of have been assaulted.

Media Watchdog MISA Malawi has since condemned the incidents.


In a statement signed by its Chairperson Teresa Ndanga, MISA further disclose that  the demonstrators tore Nthenda’s clothes and also stole a mobile phone and a wallet belonging to Matonga, accusing the two journalists of being government spies.


MISA describes the incident as very unfortunate that the demonstrators continued the assault despite the two producing  ID.

“Creation of a hostile environment for journalists by demonstrators is uncalled for and the organizers of these demonstrations must decisively deal with such barbaric acts,” the statement reads.

MISA has however applauded the MDF for rescuing the two.

The HRDC has not yet commented on the assault of the two journalists.

Meanwhile the protests are expected to continue on Thursday in Blantyre, while uncertainty however lingers on the whether the demos will continue in Lilongwe.




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