Tensions remain high in Malawi

Tensions remain high in parts of Malawi after protesters took to the streets against President Bingu wa...

Demonstrators in Mzuzu allegedly torched this vehicle belonging to the ruling DPP. Picture: Malawi Voice

Tensions remain high in parts of Malawi after protesters took to the streets against President Bingu wa Mutharika and his government on Wednesday.

Human rights groups had organised nationwide demonstrations over Mutharika's decision to reverse the hard fought democratic gains.

Protesters went on a rampage when the Malawi courts banned the demonstration.

It is understood several government houses and vehicles were torched and police used teargas to disperse crowds in Mzuzu and Lilongwe.

A concerned group of Malawians living in South Africa said they are planning a similar demonstration at the Malawian Embassy in Pretoria this week.

Suleman Chitera said people are being denied their human rights.

"My government is under fire. There are huge taxes where the government gets the money, there is not freedom in schools, there is no freedom of the press- everything is tough," he said.

Meanwhile, Malawi's Human Rights Consultative Committee said it appears police used excessive force during the violent anti-government protests in several cities.

One person was killed during the demonstrations.