HRDC justifies move to call off demos

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says the reason for calling off Thursday’s and Friday’s anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations is for them to prepare the uplifting of the injunction which bar them from holding the protests in airports and border posts, among others.

The cancellation of the demonstrations comes barely a day after the coalition held another protest and announced their plan to demonstrate for three days.

HRDC Vice Chairperson, Gift Trapence, confirmed the development saying they have seen it important to do away with all the unresolved cases.

Trapence said: “Our leadership is meeting its legal team to discuss how we are going to uplift the injunction which prevents HRDC from shutting down airports and border posts and also to resolve the case about our dialogue with the Attorney General as directed by the court, which is slated for Friday.”

However Ntambo did not disclose dates for the next demonstrations but said “Malawians will be formally communicated.”

Despite calling off the demos, people in Mzuzu and Karonga went into the streets to continue with the demonstrations.

In Mzuzu, the Malawi Defense Force Solders had to disperse protesters who gathered at Katoto secondary school ground.

Business stood still in the city as tension was still high.

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