HRDC calls off demonstrations

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The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has called off its planned anti-Jane Ansah national protests which were supposed to start this morning.

The three day protests were part of a series of demonstration to force the Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah to resign.

In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the HRDC has explained that they have called off the event in respect of a court order over the protests.

The Supreme Court of Appeal put a prohibition on holding the protests until the HRDC discusses matters of security with the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale.

HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo states that it is necessary to follow the court order and engage with Kaphale.

Mtambo assures Malawians that the coalition will soon announce new dates for the protests outside the prescribed 14 days order by the court.

The HRDC has led a series of protests in the country’s major cities on allegations that the MEC Chairperson mismanaged the May 21 elections. These protests though initially planned to be peaceful have been marred by violence and looting raising concerns from the public.

HRDC members have blamed the looting on the police whom they believe have on several occasions failed to keep the crowd peaceful during protests.

This however is despite the electoral body declaring that the tripartite elections were free and fair.The HRDC has also announced plans that it will appeal to court decision.




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