Muli plans on meeting HRDC to end protests

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One of business people in Malawi Leston Muli is contemplating on meeting the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to discuss how they can put an end to demonstrations.

HRDC has been leading Malawians in countrywide protests demanding the resignation of the Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah.

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday in Blantyre, Muli said the demonstrations are a barrier to business hence his intentions to meet the grouping.

Muli who is one of the founders and owners of Muli Brothers Holding Limited believes engaging the grouping may bring an end to the demonstrations.

He is of the view that adding from what former President Bakili Muluzi did to engage the group in contact and dialogue has the potential of bringing peace.

Since the May 21st polls results were announced the rights defending group has spearheaded a lot of demonstrations.

Though labeled peaceful by HRDC, reports of looting and destruction of property have marred the demonstrations.

Private property including that belonging to firms like FDH Bank and government property such as schools have been destroyed.

The business mogul notes that with the violence the demonstrations have registered, business has come to a standstill.

“As a businessperson, I am condemning these demonstrations. We are not getting anything out of our businesses because of these demonstrations,” he said.

He then added that his current view is that whether his talks with HRDC will bear fruits or not, the demonstrations should stop.

Muli will be the second to try to coax the grouping into contact and dialogue after the Muluzi meeting with HRDC yielded nothing.

The quasi-religious grouping Public Affairs Committee also expressed interest in pushing for dialogue in a bid to end the political tension.

Meanwhile, the HRDC is planning to hold more demonstrations despite efforts by various entities including the Malawi Police Service to stop them.


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