By: Happy Arnold Soko
Reports reaching The Malawi Star indicate that the Malawi government has paid thousands of Kwacha to Mzuzu Youth Association (MYA) leaders to cancel the 14th march demonstrations demanding solutions to the current social-political crisis affecting the country.
According to a source close to this publication, the youth leaders namely Harris Kanyeremuka, Robert Banda and Mervin Zumayo held a close discussion with Presidential Advisor on Civil Society Organization, Mavuto Bamusi and Vuwa Kaunda to cancel the demonstrations.
“Youth leaders met with Bamusi and Kaunda on Sunday the 13th where they were given money to cancel these demonstrations. They later went in different media houses claiming they have canceled the demonstrations and that the government is responding to their petition. This was after they had been given money”, revealed the source.
The development did not go well with other members who went ahead with the vigil from Katoto School Ground with a coffin covered with DPP colors.
In a telephone interview, Bamusi concurred to have met MYA leaders but refused dishing out money on them.
“The allegations that on Sunday I met the mentioned people are totally untrue. They are a mere fabrication coming from disgruntled youth who are, actually, being used by opposition political party agents,” he stated.
Meanwhile Police in Mzuzu have apprehended some members of MYA for going ahead with the demonstrations.