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Friday, 6 January 2012
CIVIL SOCIETY WARN THE INVOLVEMENT OF ACTIVITIES IN CIVIL DEVELOPMENT
Soldiers provoke a major row between civic activists and city authorities after riots.
A major row is brewing between civic activists and city authorities after soldiers of Malawi defence force were called in to put down a riot by street vendors in Lilongwe.
The police arrested several vendors in the Malangalanga area of the old town by the police who opened fire and used tear gas.
But the army was ordered in after it appeared that the police were failing to contain the situation.
It is no clear who ordered the soldiers in.
But activists are warning against involvement of the military in civic developments and questioning the legitimacy of military operation.
Wapona kita is a lawyer who is raising such questions.
He says that the trend indicates the Malawi Police Service is incapable of handling operations whose domain remains in police.
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