HRDC set to meet the Attorney General

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Written by Jane Kaonga

 

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) is emphasizing that it will not compromise on its demands for the resignation of the Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah even when it meets the Attorney General (AG) on Friday.

A dialogue meeting between the AG, the leadership of the HRDC and other stakeholders such as the police and the Malawi Defense Force is expected to convene tomorrow morning at the civic offices in Lilongwe.

A similar meeting failed previously when the HRDC demanded that the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) first reverses an application for an injunction aimed at stopping their airport and border vigils against Ansah.

The Supreme Court of Appeal however issued a 14 day ban on the protests in order to facilitate meaningful dialogue.

It ordered HRDC officials to engage the A.G and other involved parties to discuss security matters relating to the protests within the period.

This has led to the cancellation of the planned three-day protests, which were expected to start yesterday.

Commenting on the issue, a member of the HRDC, MacDonald Sembereka stresses that they will only focus on the agenda from the Supreme Court.

And Pilirani Masanjala who speaks for the Ministry of Justice has told Capital FM that the meeting will indeed take place.

“The meeting will be held in Lilongwe at the Civic offices at ten in the morning as it is in compliance with a court order for the AG to meet with the Human Rights Defenders Coalition,” Masanjala added.

When contacted, the National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera feigned ignorance on the matter.

 

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