HRDC demands arrest of police officers over demo violence

Few days after violent demonstrations in Blantyre, organizers of the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations have demanded the arrest of police officers who invaded and fired teargas at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, killing a young boy in the process.

Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders said this on Monday in Lilongwe at the announcement of the next round of anti-Jane demonstrations slated for Tuesday to Friday.

The HRDC leadership also disclosed that one it’s members Billy Mayaya who was hacked in the last week’s violent demonstrations in Blantyre is still unwell.

They said events that characterized the last week’s demonstrations are regrettable and undemocratic.

HRDC member Reverend MacDonald Sembereka said it is sad the Malawi Police Service instead of providing security during the demonstrations, they invaded queen Elizabeth Central Hospital with tears gas that resulted into chaos at the referral hospital and the death of an innocent child.

During the press briefing, the civil society organizations (CSOs) also confirmed that unlike in the previous demons, this week’s demonstrations will be held only in the capital city.

HRDC has also condemned President Peter Mutharika’s speech at just ended United Nations General Assembly where he said the post- election violence is being engineered by the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

The CSOs also reminded the president that they are non-partisan and that no political party is sponsoring the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations.

During the press briefing, Sembereka also revealed claims that some members of parliament are pocketing money amount to K2.5 million in order to vote for the confirmation of Police Inspector Duncan Mwapasa whose appointment has come under criticism.

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