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HRDC to continue with demonstrations

Timothy Mtambo

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said it will soon announce dates for fresh nationwide anti-Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jane Ansah, demonstrations.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, said this Tuesday following the expiry of the 14-day moratorium which the Supreme Court of Appeal in Lilongwe gave HRDC and Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale to discuss the AG’s security concerns during demonstrations.

Mtambo said, as long as Ansah remains Mec Chairperson, Malawians should expect new dates for demonstrations.

“The question is, ‘Has Jane Ansah resigned’? No. So, as long as Jane Ansah remains Mec Chairperson, Malawians and more especially the government, should expect a fresh date for anti-Mec demonstrations because our goals have not been met,” he said.

On August 27 2019, on the eve of another round of demonstrations, the Supreme Court of Appeal stopped the protests.

HRDC and officials from the AG’s officials have been holding the proposed talks. HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, said the coalition’s demands still stood.

“For us, we held the discussion because courts ordered us to do so. We told them our demands and we hope that they will take note and act on them,” he said.

During the meetings, HRDC demanded that the police should start arresting suspected Democratic Progressive Party Cadets who would be trying to foil the demonstrations.

On the other hand, the AG’s office demanded that the protesters should be demonstrating unarmed.

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