Various stakeholders have calling for the unconditional release of Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative-CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa.
Namiwa was arrested yesterday at parliament building in Lilongwe, during vigils he organized to push parliament to explain how a K93 billion loan authorization bill found its way to the House.
Youth and Society (YAS) through its Director Charles Kajoloweka has described the arrest as unreasonable and a grave attack on civic space.”
“We wish to stress that the right to demonstrate is NOT subject to approval by the district commissioner or any public authority. The law (Sec 96 of Police Act) obligates the conveners to only notify the authorities ( Not seek permission) – which CDEDI satisfied,” states Kajoloweka in the statement.
Kajoloweka adds that the move is also tragedy to building an accountable and democratic Malawi.
Also adding on the calls for Namiwa’s release in the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) condemns the arrest arguing that it is dictatorial in nature.
The two stakeholders have both called on the authorities to release Namiwa and others as the arrest is illegal.
The Malawi Police Service has given the public assurance Namiwa’s safety and wellness.
In a statement, National Police Publicist James Kadadzera, has indicated that Namiwa is in good health and has not been harmed in any way as some social media reports are portraying.
Kadadzera, further indicated that Namiwa will soon be taken to court.