Airports, borders vigils on

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) say they will shut down the country’s airports and borders from August 26 to 30 to force MEC chairperson to resign.

The move follows the one million march that HRDC organized recently in the country’s major cities which was followed by a vigil in Lilongwe.

Addressing a news conference in Lilongwe on Tuesday, HRDC vice chairperson Gift Trapence said the move is one of their alternatives in forcing Justice Jane Ansah to step down.

“Today we are announcing the shutdown that we promised Malawians so we are ready to do the shutdown of the borders and airports,” he said.

Trapence said if Ansah does not resign the civil society organizations (CSOs) will hold a two million march.

“If Jane Ansah is not resigning during this week of 26th to 30th August we are going also to do another demonstrations that we call the two million march that will be done in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.”

Trapence said the coalition will communicate to all relevant authorities about the move including those from airports and borders.

Since June this year the HRDC has been holding mass demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for failure to run a credible presidential election.

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