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HRDC cancels Karonga protests

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Karonga Chapter has shelved demonstrations which were scheduled from Wednesday to today in honour of Justin Phiri, who died during anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations in September in the district.

In a letter addressed to Karonga District Commissioner and Police Officer-in- Charge dated November 5 20I9, HRDC says the law enforcers have responded positively to the human rights activists’ grievances.

HRDC Karonga Chapter Treasurer, Chifundo Kapesa, said the police gave them back a public address system and Hyundai 1.5 tonne pickup which they confiscated from the group.

“You might be aware that some people who were arrested in September were released on bail but police was reluctant to give them police reports. Now after several meetings, a consensus has been reached. The police reports will be processed,” he said.

Private pathologist, George Liomba’s post-mortem indicates that Phiri, who was among 18 people who were arrested for allegedly causing violence, died due to assault while in police custody.

The bereaved family is demanding K150 million from the government over Phiri’s death.

Northern Region Police deputy spokesperson, Maurice Chapola, said HRDC’s leadership decision is a positive development.

HRDC is, today, expected to announce dates for its next wave of anti-Ansah demonstrations scheduled for Mzuzu City.

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