HRDC accuses government of protecting DPP cadets

Tempers flared up at a meeting between the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and officials from the office of the Attorney General held at UNDP offices in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

The flare erupted when government side lead by the office of the Attorney General was apparently failing to write in their commitments that police will arrest Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets caught violating other people’s rights during the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations.

The bone of contention was failure by the Attorney General’s side to include a clause in their commitments that DPP cadets will be arrested if they cause mayhem during the demonstrations.

Members of HRDC who turned furious and threatened to leave the meeting room, said it is disheartening that government appears to have too much respect and protection over the DPP cadets.

The meeting which was initially planned to be held at Kamuzu Barracks for security reason, was shifted to UNDP office after the side of Attorney General opted for the new venue.

Despite some disagreements during the negotiations, but the two parties have come up with a number of positive points that have been shared.

This was the second meeting between the two sides after the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered them to hold discussions and agree on security modalities aimed at preventing incidents of violence and crime during the demonstrations.

The two parties are yet to announce the next course of action.

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