Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe (July 25, 2019)

Location: Nationwide

Event: Demonstrations are planned in several cities and districts throughout Malawi on Thursday, July 25. The U.S. will remain open for normal operations during that time.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition called for mass demonstrations to continue until the Malawi Electoral Commission Chair resigns. Looting and violence have occurred during recent demonstrations throughout Malawi’s major cities. Demonstrations are expected to occur along Presidential Way toward State House. Expect traffic delays and disruptions in the vicinity of City Center and along Presidential Way. The U.S. Embassy advises the U.S. citizen community to avoid travel in those areas throughout the afternoon.

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

  • Ensure you have emergency food and water supplies in your safe haven.
  • Ensure you have a fully charged radio and 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.