Malawi federalism demo ban attacked as ‘censorious’

Malawi human rights groups have condemned government authorities for criminalising peaceful demonstrations, describing the move as worrying, aggressive and censorious.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (Cedep) have condemned government for its stand in banning pro-federalism demonstrations slated for 28 September, 2014 organised by the Karonga Youth for Justice and Development.

“We have learnt with great shock the government’s decision [through the district commissioner] to “bar” a certain local grouping from holding a peaceful demonstration.

Gift Trapence :  Ban of demo is abuse of human rights

Gift Trapence : Ban of demo is abuse of human rights

CHRR and CEDEP said they view such a decision as not only retrogressive but also” a complete departure from the democratic path which Malawians chose to pursue since 1993.”

The rights campaigner believes that such decisions are clearly a reminiscent of the old DPP regime which used to derive satisfaction on tramping on the citizens’ freedoms of assembly and expression as evident in the build-up and during the July 20 demonstrations.

CHRR boss Timothy Mtambo and CEDEP head Gift Trapence are asking the ruling DPP to seriously guard against this abuse of human rights.

“The right to hold peaceful demonstration, freedom of assembly and expression are clearly spelt out in both the Republican constitution under the bill of rights chapter 4 as well as in other prominent international human rights instruments which Malawi is party to including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). As such, it is incumbent upon the government let alone any government official to embrace such fundamental human rights and freedom, and vigilantly work towards the protection and promotion of such,” the rights campaigners said.

The groups  believe that determination of the validity of issues or reasons behind one’s proposed demonstration should never be used as a scapegoat to bar the citizens from freely and peacefully exercising such fundamental freedom.

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24 thoughts on “Malawi federalism demo ban attacked as ‘censorious’”

  1. Uchindami says:

    Amalawi tisayiwale ichi: uyu mayi yemwe ndi DC wa boma la Karonga ndi mmodzi mwa ma DC omwe boma la DPP lidawatsitsa pa maudindo (demotion). Apa akudalira chiletso chomwe anzake ena adakatenga ku bwalo la milandu. Ndiye pothamangira kuletsa ziwonetsero akufuna kuti mwina bwana pulezidenti asinthe maganizo.

  2. Francis kamanga says:

    Why do u still need us, not allowing people to demonstrate and express their anger?
    Mukubokora wana kugomezga vinthu ivyo wanyinu walinavyo.

  3. THE DEMONSTRATION FOR THE DEMAND OF FEDERALISM MUST TAKE PLACE ON 28 SEPTEMBER 2014 WITH/WITHOUT THE GOVERNMENT PERMISSION. WE ARE GOING TO HOLD DEMONSTRATION IN OUR OWN REPUBLIC OF NYIKA NOT IN SOUTHERN REGION WHERE PETER HITLER MUTHARIKA IS FROM. WE’RE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SLAVES OF THIS MULHAKO MANIACS. PLEASE POST YOUR VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE.COM FOR THE WORLD TO SEE HOW BRUTAL THIS GOVERNMENT IS. THAT IS THE REASON PEOPLE OF NYIKA WANT TO GET OUT FROM THIS UNION. PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO HOLD A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION BUT THIS FUNDAMENTALIST AND TRIBALIST GOVERNMENT DOMINATED BY MULHAKO MANIACS WOULDN’T ALLOW THAT. WE MUST HOLD THESE DEMONSTRATIONS AND WE ARE PREPARED TO DIE FOR OUR MOTHERLAND, REPUBLIC OF NYIKA. IF THEY KILL OUR PEOPLE ON 28 SEPTEMBER NYIKA PEOPLE WILL DECLARE THEIR MOTHERLAND AS A REPUBLIC. ANY MALAWIAN ARMY OR POLICE SHALL BE TREATED AS AN OCCUPIERS. THIS WILL BE THE BEGINING OF THE WAR TO LIBERATE OUR BELOVED NYIKA. ALLUTA CONTINUAAAA! NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER.

  4. Wakufuna kwabwino says:

    Emotions at work!

  5. Zomba Simeon says:

    We dont put our trust in CHRR or CEDEP.Ngati amakondadi dzikoli muwafunse za quota system.atumbuka nonse siwolakwa,analakwitsa ndi makolo anu omwe amakonderana pomalembana ntchito.Izi a ma regions ena anazindikira mwacangu.Concho ndikovuta kuti tizakhale ndi president from north.Kukondera inu!!Southerners will never accept that.You are the 1st ones who brought nepotism in Malawi.

    1. wish you well says:

      Two wrongs don’t make a right!!

  6. trouble says:

    Koma penapake zaonjeza….kodi timatcha mpaka liti why don’t we get into sense of humanity and use negociations steps

  7. patriot says:

    Ma demo anatha ndi JB.
    Awa AKUPHANI

  8. Peter Benga says:

    Can the organisers of demos not seek for court’s injunction? Otherwise this is clearly seen that their rights have been infringed

  9. John says:

    The demos will go on….!!!! You can’t silence the truth! Ndalama mungogawana nokha nokha choncho anthufe ngumafa ndi njala inu nkumapasa ma 24 million, Mulli Brothers pano mwawigayila 1billion! zoona zimenezo?

  10. mmihavani says:

    But this gay Trapence ndi anzake amatinyansa nazo ija ndi kukamwa kwaoko. We know you are poor you just want funding. Why cant you start doing something concrete and respectable. Paja ntchito anakuchotsani mu MRA mutaba ndalama za msonkho..shame.

    1. Wolira says:

      Koma umakomesedwa ndi Triza Namathanga Senzani ndiMuli. Si choncho?

  11. WOCHI says:

    Nkhalambazi Zitipwetekesa ZIKUWONEKA KUTI IWOWO PALIBE CHOLUZA KWAWO KWATHA !! Akungopanga Zinthu Mwaganyavu Basi !!

  12. Tozer Tsono says:

    Take them to court – right away. The CHRR and CEDEP ought to overturn the ban in court immediately.

    The Government of Mutharika needs to deal with the unfairness raised by several individuals. Abolish the deceptively premised and ill-labeled so called”Quota system”. The Central and Southern people of Malawi have never been enslaved nor discriminated against by Northerners. To suggest that the Quota system in Malawi, is similar to the one in United States, where the Quota system was created to counter gross injustice for many years (like lynching, beatings, false imprisonment, rape, false accusation, enslavement, discrimination/segregation, and bias in all institutions of government), is a lie from Devil.

    The North has never lynched, imprisoned wrongly, enslaved, discriminated against, raped, beat up people from the Central and South. Some people might cite the Ngoni rampage as an excuse but Ngoni’s are in Lilongwe, Ntcheu, Thyolo, Dowa, Mchinji/Chipata. Besides the North is not just inhabited by Ngoni but Nkhondes, Tumbuka, Nyachusa, Tonga, and many other tribes. If we have to use the Ngoni excuse, what did these other tribe do to the central and southern people?
    Deal with the unfairness but do not imprison anyone nor ban free people from their freedoms. I hope well meaning people from the South and Central of Malawi will join the northerners in ridding the unfairness that has made the celebrations of 50 years of Independence a laughing matter.
    Today, one quirky individual, wearing the badge of president of Malawi, can subject 12.5 million citizens to sanctions and untold economic hardship with no punishment. Not even one president of Malawi (currrent or past) has been hurt by sanctions nor decided to forgo their salaries due to corruption under their noses. When a CEO bankrupts a company or mismanages, he or she is fired. Chilima knows that, and so too Mautharika and many Malawians. Why are citizens being asked to pay more taxes when they did not cause sanctions and the tax dollars will be stolen or pay cases that are due to inept governance?
    Federalism will cushion the weak and upright from sanctions and poor governance, by getting rid of corruption at high levels. 50 years is enough.
    Besides, funding from donors will continue for the any region under federalism, that manages available resources well. Federalism wins at every level of decision making and argument for or against. What did people from Mchinji or Ntchisi or Chiradzulu or Chitipa or Mzimba or Dowa, those old poor villagers do to deserve sanctions? Unity is required to create Federalism for each region and decentralization within each region, down to the district. Unfairness, corruption, and re-current sanctions are the main reasons for Federalism. Long live Federalism!

  13. Andrew phiri says:

    Che Timothy Mtambo mwapeza chochita tsopano paja munkangokhala. Inunso a boma let dem do de demos. We Malawians wil loose nothing… Let dem secede…u wil c de war wil start dere just like South Sudan north iz ful of selfish individuals. Dey wil start fight 4 positions Go to Illovo u wil find Tumbukas from Manager to Messenges selfish.

  14. Chisaù says:

    DPP has Demophobia. The authorities must provide security by providing procedures 4 the demo. Demos turn violent bcoz they are banned in the first place & that they get bad publicity from government. If the same people had a pro unity government would not ban it. This country has Tribalcracy not democracy. DPP do as David Cameron ask 4 a referendum to shame the proponents of sessesion

  15. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    wotchani nyumba za apolise omwe ayime pa mseu kukaniza demo iyo komanso kawotchaninso ya DC moyo. A chaponda avuwa kaliati musa dausi ndi pitala ndi amene amamunamiza bingu kuti anthu sangachite mademo pa 20july choncho sangasinthe khalidwe lawo lopondeleza ufulu wa anthu. Dpp sakuudziwa UFULU poti ambiri ndi matchona komanso ndi OBWERA. They have no ROOTS in Malawi

  16. hojo says:

    Zayambikatu this is the old Dpp for sure, why ban an innocent Demo. Kenako fuel shortage even sugar shortage. I don’t understand why we voted these thugs to rule.

  17. dopababi shopa says:

    DPP oyeeeeeee! You’ve a long way to cry. 1/4 system up to 2024! We r behind u APM. Dont listen to selfish tribe.

    1. Nyalugwe says:

      This kind of rubbish is what people are saying ‘no’ to.We dont need DPP in our lives.We can do without DPP.DPP doesnt put food on our table.What federalism is saying is,’ bwanji aliyense ayambe kudzitukula yekha?Thats all we are saying.Your DPP has failed this nation.Decentralise development.To a southerner,this is jargon,complete jargon.You guys know that mumabisalira kwa mitundu ina,you cant do anything on your own.Thats why mukukana kwa ntu wa galu kuti federalism isakhaleko.You have been caught unawares….mukusuzumira.Let there be federal system.Most Eurpean countries practise federalism,ndichifukwa chake ali otukuka.Ifenso tikuti,siife olodzedwa,nafe tikhonza kutukuka.Koma inu mukuona ngati anthu akukulandani power,kikiki,a rubbish grouping of the unintelligent.

  18. Mbwiye wofatsa says:

    A haman rights inu kodi zinthuzi mumapanganira nonse kapena ayi.Amayi samayendetsa bwino munali zii.Are you sure this is the best solution.Northern region demos target some foreigners in the area.Am afraid i can’t say more.BE WISE

  19. Vyachalo says:

    central,south and north let us hold hands to allow federal government. But! do villagers know this type of government? Very few and educated people knows this type of government. Civic education is needed because it will take time people to understand. Ambiri a ife ndife otsaphuzila chocho ndife tiku chita phokotso. Tiphuzitseni za fedelism tsitiku yiziwa.

  20. culture of Impunity. says:

    The culture of DPP GOVT is as it was, a hyena is a hyena though to move another mountain still is a hyena never changed its habits. we told you earlier on before elections please vote wisely look now!

  21. Carlos s says:

    let them speak thru action. Mr Ibu if u want to inherit yo brother’s system u r swiming in hot soup. let me assure u apm we’ll do the demos,this democracy did not come on a silver platter we fought 4 it in 1992. where were u idiot at that time.chindere!

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