Tuesday, 6 March 2012

UN concerned about Malawi

Nyasa Times is reporting that Ban Ki-moon has asked SADC to assess the fragile situation in Malawi.

Malawi has been in free-fall for a while now. Most recently, the president accused donors of plotting with the opposition and called on his followers to put down any demonstrations against him. Civil society and opposition groups insist that no demonstrations are planned.

Malawi experienced demonstrations against high food, fuel and medicine prices last year that turned violent after protesters clashed with police and government forces attempted to stop the marches. Subsequent to that, Malawi has lost substantial amounts of foreign aid and passed a 'zero-deficit' budget resulting in tax hikes on even basic goods, however no further protests have taken place. It is unclear what information caused the president to lash out at opposition groups in this case.

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