Demos postponed this week: HRDC says August 6 will be another ‘day of rage’ to demand Ansah resignation

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have postponed nationwide demonstrations initially planned for Tuesday, to pave the way for strategies for the mass action on August 6 when they will stage another round of protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly presiding over a flawed electoral process.

HRDC press conference: We are going ahead with protests on August 6

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leadership announced the postponement of the demonstrations during a news conference in Lilongwe on Monday.

During the briefing, HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said besides the styled ‘Ansah Must Fall’ protests, the grouping will engage other gears to ensure she resigns.

“Will we stop the demonstrations? Clear answer: No! We are going ahead with protests,” said Mtambo.

He, however, said the protests have moved to August 6 to allow organisers work on strategising for massive demos to happen in three regions to be dubbed as ‘One million march’ where they expect one million marchers from each region.

Mtambo said people from the northern region will be expected to hold one demo in Mzuzu City, those in the central region will march in the capital Lilongwe, and southern region convergence zone will be Blantyre while Zomba will be for the eastern region.

He stressed that when they will go on the streets on August 6, they won’t come back until Ansah is fired or resign.

Apart from strategising, Mtambo also said that they decided not to hold demos this week to allow people to mourn Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa of the Lhomwe people.

Addressing the issue of the letter Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, Rodney Jose, sent HRDC ordering them to stop convening demonstrations in the country, Mtambo said the correspondence was addressed to wrong people.

“We’re surprised they are addressing the letter to us instead of the Commander in Chief who can beef up their capacity. Or they should have asked President Peter Mutharika to fire Jane Ansah,” he said.

HRDC leadership, nonetheless, applauded Malawi Defense Force for professionally handling the demonstrations and said we want the police “to borrow a leaf.”

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TOSH
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dont worry mtambo we are going to turn in large, even nditakhala ndikugona kundizutsa ku tulo ndikhoza kupita ku ma demo

Jamax
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Jamax

Almost like witches!!!! they have no mercy for any human kind?????????

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Oh here you are, wake up you cadet. We are building our Malawi not your tribe foolish!

Pido
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Pido

Building by destruction? Fool

Matcheso
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ONLY TRUTH JUSTICE RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL SET MALAWI FREE SOON AND VERY SOON !!!

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

A hrdc which malawians are you representing? I have always said give me a list of these people if whatever purportedly you say you are fighting for is indeed genuine. Otherwise mtambo, trapece are not genuine leaders.He, mtambo is saying hrdc is going to have a one million match, ife we are going to have a two million match against hrdc. Please amtambo be prepared and after that I am going to damp my children at mtambos office because my business has gone down because of these demos. Please I want to take a radical way of populists azungus that… Read more »

Lego
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They are representing you stupid fool

Kaitano
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Kaitano

You can say that again

Wisey
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Wisey

A Mbwiye, munthu akatopa watopa basi. Inu mukudya nawo you are happy but most Malawians want change, they voted for change but it was stolen from them, why dont you address such issues. Since 1992 when massive demos happened have you ever seen anything like that again. Why today? You need to ask. Also look at the world today. Look at Hongkong, France there was the yellow vest, Greece, Sudan, Egypt, do you think these people are stupid. Inuyo tamangodyani amati wanva mmimba ndiyemwe amatsegula chitseko. If what the HRDC are doing was nothing to go by, it would die… Read more »

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

YOU CAN JUST SIMPLY CAN’T YOURSELF OUT, WE DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU!!

Pinifolo
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Pinifolo

Bambo ako amagwira ntchito yanji? Amatsogolera ma demo ntaunimu!

Ankolo
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Zopusa, tamva kale mwalandila ndalama

Mwini. Dimba
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Mwini. Dimba

Mtambo will die a very miserable person shortly.

Lego
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That is your wishful but by GODS grace he is fighting for the voice of the voiceless who can not be heard.

Acapulco
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Acapulco

Hrdc should stop telling us how and when they should exercise their right to protest. Hrdc must stop acting as a guarantor of the constitional. Must stop interfering with our constitional right!

Lego
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Do you know the Malawian constitutional yourself?

hlupo sibande
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hlupo sibande

mbuzi ina iyi

Demo Kayende
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Demo Kayende

The current developments are a wake up call to our religious leaders not to be openly partisan. In the past, religious leaders should have volunteered to mediate the current impasse. But for the partisan way they conducted themselves during the campaign period, they are ashamed even to put themselves forward because they know they cant be trusted across the board. We are finished really!

Lego
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The problem is,the CATHOLICS are supporting Peter Munthalika because he is one of their members instead of fighting for justice.The muslim brotherhood can’t stand for justice either because ATUPELE MULUZI is part of this corrupt DPP Government.Things are abit tricky now because the ones who were fighting the just for us are supporting this corrupt regime

Pido
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Pido

Crazy. Peter Muthalika is a catholic? Go back to school and write while informed

mimu
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mumawaopa a MDF wo ukuziwa angakukazingeni,thats why ukuwapanga applaude.but muziwe kuti MDF and Police ndi 1 organisation..are both working to provide security to the nation.come 6 august yo…u will never say that again.mark my words…..