Following a bomb scare which shook last Friday’s meeting between the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and the Attorney General (AG) at Crossroads hotel, aimed at determining a manner in which incidents of violence and crime can be prevented during the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations, the two parties will meet at Kamuzu Barracks today.
The meeting follows a recommendation from the Supreme Court of Appeal which ordered the two parties to hold negotiations to map the way forward on the matter.
Last Friday, HRDC chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, asked the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) to provide security during such meetings following the incident at Crossroads hotel in Lilongwe, whereby unidentified man was allegedly attempted to launch a hand grenade aimed at bombing a car belonging to one of the coalition members while the two parties were holding a meeting.
Following the attempted criminal act, Mtambo said the coalition has lost trust in the police personnel and therefore called for MDF intervention.
Mtambo further said the security of HRDC members is at risk and he was of the view that “the government is playing double standards.”
During the previous meeting the Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale and HRDC lawyer, Khwima Chizi, agreed to share notes before going into full discussion today.
HRDC in collaboration with Malawi Congress (MCP) and UTM parties have already held five series of demonstrations across the country calling for the resignation of Justice Jane Ansah for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 election results.
Meanwhile HRDC, opposition parties and political commentators have faulted President Peter Mutharika for emphasizing that he sees no reason for Jane Ansah to step down because according to him “the elections were fair and credible.”
Mutharika made the remarks during an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation’s Emmanuel Eguya on Monday.