Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe (August 22, 2019)

Location: Airports and Land Border Crossings Nationwide

Event: Demonstrations are planned at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, Chileka International Airport in Blantyre and at land border crossings at Karonga  (Songwe border), Mchinji, Mwanza and Ntcheu from Monday, August 26 – Friday, August 30, 2019. Currently, the U.S. Embassy is scheduled to remain open for normal operations during that time.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition has called for mass demonstrations to continue until the Malawi Electoral Commission Chair, Jane Ansah, resigns. Looting and vandalism have occurred during recent demonstrations throughout Malawi’s major cities. Demonstrations are expected to occur along the road to the airports in Lilongwe and Blantyre and at land border crossings nationwide. Expect traffic delays and disruptions along roads leading to the airports and land border crossings. The U.S. Embassy advises the U.S. citizen community to avoid travel in and out of Malawi throughout the week of August 26 – August 30, 2019.

Actions to Take The U.S. Embassy recommends that you:

  • Strongly consider re-scheduling flights in and out of Malawi during the week of August 26 – August 30, 2019.
  • Ensure you have emergency food and water supplies at home.
  • Ensure you have a fully charged cell phone.
  • Regularly check your phone and email for updates regarding the security environment.
  • Exercise caution when moving around all areas of Malawi.
  • If you see a barrier or individuals blocking your path, turn around and find an alternate route.
  • If you are unable to depart, keep your windows up and your doors locked, seek shelter if needed.
  • Avoid large crowds and always leave yourself room to maneuver.