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Court to rule on demos Wednesday

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal in Blantyre has set September 25 2019 as the day to give its verdict on the Attorney General(AG) Kalekeni Kaphale’s appeal to stop Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from organising Anti- Jane Ansah protests.

In August, the same court gave a 14-day moratorium of no demonstrations to enable negotiations from both sides on how the demonstrations can be carried without incidents of violence.

However, the demonstrations resumed Wednesday after the talks between the two parties failed to come up with a tangible solution.

In an interview Friday, lawyer representing HRDC Khwima Mchizi said the court will make a ruling Wednesday.

According to Mchizi, the court also dismissed a fresh application made by the AG asking the same court to stop demonstrations.

“Basically, the court removed the recent application made by the AG. The court did not proceed with it. So, we basically just told the court what transpired from our meetings with the AG. So the court, after looking at everything, will make its ruling on the original application that was made earlier,” he said.

The meetings were in compliance with the court order which gave the moratorium on the mass demonstrations, asking concerned parties to discuss on how the right to demonstrate can be exercised without violence and causing damage to public and private property.

The moratorium expired on September 11 2019.

HRDC has been organising nationwide demonstrations to push for Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Ansah’s resignation for allegedly mismanaging May 21 Tripartite Elections which Malawi Congress Party and UTM are challenging in court.

HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo complained that since the commencement of the post-election protests in May 2019, he and his team have been receiving threats from what he called political enemies.

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