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Airports, borders earmarked for vigils

WELL ATTENDED— The demonstration in Lilongwe

By Faith Kadzanja:

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said the next target for vigils would be the country’s airports and borders as it presses for Malawi Electoral Commi s s ion (Mec ) Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah’s resignation.

Addressing people at the end of the one-day vigil at Capital Hill in Lilongwe Wednesday, HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said, considering that Ansah had not resigned despite repeated calls, they would now be holding vigils in strategic places such as borders not to allow people to enter or move out of the country until Ansah resigns.

“We are not going to relent; we are exploring other powerful means to put pressure on [President Peter] Mutharika’s government to fire Jane Ansah. We are exploring the option of closing all the borders, staying at the borders, to have our vigils at the borders. That will mean no one goes out, no one goes in. We have a big problem to solve and we need to focus on our problem. We do not need to be moving up and down,” he said.

On Wednesday, business came to a standstill in the capital Lilongwe as many government offices and private companies were not opened for business. Filling stations were closed at City Centre while government offices at Capital Hill were also closed.

The demonstrators were given food and drinks in the afternoon before they left the premises.

HRDC has been organising demonstrations in a bid to force Ansah to resign, arguing that the May 21 Tripartite Elections were marred by irregularities.

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