HRDC calls off demonstration

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By Raphael Sambalikagwa Mvona

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition-HRDC has cancelled nationwide Anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations planned for today and tomorrow.

Thousands of people participated in the protests yesterday in Lilongwe and Blantyre but the demos got tainted in the Capital after two journalists were attacked and their gadgets seized.

After the protests, HRDC officials had told protesters that they would have to meet the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale on issues relating to the 14 day moratorium issued by the Supreme Court. 

Lawyer for the coalition, Khwima Mchizi has told Capital FM this morning that the demos planned for today and Friday have been called off.

“I have spoken to my clients, they have told me that there will be no demonstrations and what I know is tomorrow we will  be appearing before the court following an application for an injunction that A.G Kaphale made to stop the protests,” said Mchizi.

The protests were initially expected to continue today and Friday.

However the team returns to the Supreme Court to report on the resolutions made during mediation and dialogue between them (HRDC), the A.G and security agencies towards achieving peaceful and violent free demonstrations.

The final appellate court gave the stakeholder a 14 day moratorium which ordered the HRDC not to hold protests within the said days.  

Meanwhile, HRDC Southern Region Chairperson, Masauko Thawe advises the public that the coalition will communicate on the dates for the next protests.


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