Malawi Congress Party (MCP), led by its president Lazarus Chakwera, is set to hold nationwide demonstrations Thursday against ‘the government’s failure to uphold the rule of law’.
In a letter of notice sent Tuesday to chief executive officers of all city councils, copied to Malawi Police Service, MCP says they are against the attack on the Judiciary, blatant disregard for human rights and President Peter Mutharika’s failure to assent to electoral reforms bills passed by Parliament.
“Malawi Congress Party would like to point out that Mr Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party can no longer purport to have the authority to govern this country when he and his government are in breach of the social contract with Malawians,” the letter reads.
It is signed by the party’s administrative secretary, WK. Sulamoyo, and goes on to say the demonstrations will be held in cities and districts where they will proceed from the party’s regional and district offices to the District Commissioners’ offices except in Lilongwe where they will commence from Lilongwe Community Ground to Kamuzu Palace.
Blantyre City Council spokesperson, Anthony Kasunda, said he could not competently comment on the matter as he is yet to see the letter. Lilongwe City Council officials were not readily available for comment on the matter.
On Monday, Chakwera gave the police 48 hours to release Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) officials, MacDonald Sembereka and Gift Trapence, who were arrested on Sunday evening for announcing plans to shut down State residences in dissatisfaction with Mutharika’s delays to assent to electoral reforms bills.
Police arrested Sembereka and Trapence hours after Mutharika had ordered the law enforcers to deal with the HRDC leaders. HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo handed himself over to Lilongwe Police Station Tuesday.