CSOs to hold mega vigil in Lilongwe

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says all is set for Tuesday’s demonstrations dubbed one million march in the country’s cities despite an application for injunction by the Attorney General to stop them.

Addressing a news conference on Sunday afternoon in Lilongwe, one of HRDC members Luke Tembo said the coalition will not relent but keep on fighting for the resignation of MEC chairperson Justice Jane Ansah.

Tembo told YFM in an interview that the coalition will hold demonstrations in Blantyre, Mzuzu and Lilongwe where they hold a vigil near Parliament Building and Capital Hill.

“We have changed the route, it’s longer and then we are going to vigil the way we did last time on Tuesday up to Wednesday, then we are calling them off to give room to the case that is starting on Thursday for the presidential results that are being challenged in court,” said Tembo.

According to Tembo, all concerned parties have been informed about the mass protests.

However, government through Attorney General Kalekeni Kamphale is proposing for a K2 billion bond if HRDC wants to conduct the protests to meet all the costs of possible damaged property during the protests.

But reacting to the development, Tembo has downplayed what he described as government’s tactics to infringe upon Malawian’s constitutional rights to stop the peaceful demonstrations.

“We are telling Malawians that is the intention of government to stop demonstrations and they have moved to the courts, and our legal team will be in court on Monday to try to argue that Malawians should proceed with their Constitutional right of having demonstrations on Tuesday,” he said.

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