The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has called upon the new government to ensure that those who committed crimes including the looting of public funds and orchestrating violence should face the law.
The coalition made a call in Blantyre when, together with other local election observers, held a press briefing on the progress of the election.
Some of the crimes to investigated that HRDC cited including the death of Issa Njauju, an officer at the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) and the torching of UTM office in Lilongwe where about three people died.
The other organizations that attended the press briefing are Women’s Legal Resources Center, Yoneco, CCAP Synod of Livingstonia and Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement.
HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence thanked Malawians for coming out to peacefully cast their votes in the presidential election.
He said Malawians have endured hardship for the past 12 months and that they have fought a good fight through demonstrations and court proceedings.
“The coalition calls on the next president to make sure that all those who committed different crimes in the past regime should be held accountable,” he said.
Unofficial results of the presidential election have already shown that Dr. Lazarus Chakwera of Tonse Alliance has won the election but urged Malawians to remain calm and wait for official results from the Malawi electoral Commission.
“Accountability is the way forward for those who looted must account for their actions because we believe that money belongs to taxpayers of this country, we want to end this kind of tendency,” said Macdonald Sembereka who is HRDC Executive member
He added that it must serve as a lesson to the incoming government to exercise its duties in a responsible manner.
The organisations have assured Malawians that their votes are safe and that they will not rest until final results are announced.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.