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We will not stop demonstrations—HRDC

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said it has not backed down on its idea of holding demonstrations meant to force Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson, Jane Ansah, to resign from her position.

Addressing the press in Lilongwe Wednesday, HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, who was in the company of his deputy Gift Trapence, parried rumours that the duo went outside the country to seek asylum after threats on their lives by suspected government operatives.

Mtambo and Trapence have for the past three weeks been in the Gambia for official duties at the African Commission for People’s and Human Rights.

Trapence said the organisation will meet this week to announce their next course of action. He said Malawians should expect more demonstrations.

“We were away for the past three weeks not that we have given up on the cause. We are still fighting for the resignation of Ansah. Malawians should trust us that the journey that we started will only stop when the Mec chairperson resigns. Malawians should be assured that we are planning more protests,” he said.

He further said the duo wanted the outside world to know the real issues that are happening in Malawi hence their trip to the Gambia where they attended a conference that, among other things, focused on human rights.

“In the past three weeks, we also had to inform other international partners and other key players on what Malawians are doing and what is going on in the country because we wanted the international partners to also focus on Malawi because there are so many issues that are happening in Malawi,” he said.

HRDC has been holding demonstrations in order to force Ansah’s resignation arguing she did not ably handle the May 21 tripartite elections.

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