Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe (August 27, 2019)

Location: Nationwide

Event: Demonstrations are planned nationwide tomorrow, August 28, 2019 and may continue until Friday, August 30, 2019. Currently, the U.S. Embassy is scheduled to remain open for normal operations.

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 in:

  • Lilongwe – from Area 18 traffic circle to Lumbadzi via Kanengo.
  • Blantyre – from Kamuzu Stadium to Chileka traffic circle via HHI/Magalasi Rd, then back to Blantyre town via Chirimba/HHI/Magalasi Rd.
  • Mzuzu – from Luwinga close to Mzuzu University into the town via the Shoprite traffic circle to the clock tower then to Civic Offices.
  • Rumphi – from Boma grounds to Rumphi trading center to Rumphi District Assembly office.
  • Karonga – from the Karonga traffic circle to Karonga District Assembly offices.

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

  • 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.