Group to counter HRDC  ‘Malawi airport shutdown’ with ‘demo for peace’

A group of civil society organisations under the banner Civil Society Joint Platform on Good Governance has organised a new series of demonstrations termed “demonstrations for peace” to counter plans to shutdown airports and border posts by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

Addressing reporters from left to right: Luther Mambala, Bright Kampaundi, Phillip Kamangira and Portia Chiotcha

HRDC announced at a news conference in Lilongwe on Tuesday that in their relentless quest to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign, they will shut down the country’s major airports  and border posts.

The five-day shutdown is slated for August 26 to 30 2019.

But at a news conference on Thursday morning in Lilongwe, Civil Society Joint Platform  and Governance ‘s spokesperson Phillip Kamangira said their  demonstrations have been organised to counter ‘violent’ anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations that HRDC have been leading.

“We can’t sit back and watch violence, plunder and destruction taking place in our country. Attacks on innocent citizens, law enforcers and businesses can’t be condoned anymore,” said Kamangira.

He said the planned demonstrations for peace will start on 23rd August 2019 and will go on until order is restored.

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo told journalists in Lilongwe on Tuesday that organisers of mass demonstrations will not relent.

He said: “We told them last time during mega demonstrations that we will hold demonstrations at the airport. Instead of leaders listening to Malawians, they are intimidating us; we will not stop holding demonstrations until she resigns.”

Malawi Police Service (MPS) spokesperson James Kadadzera said the law enforcers expect HDRC to follow right procedures to hold demonstrations and vigils as planned.

According to HRDC, the protests will be held at all border posts in Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Mchinji, Dedza, Mangochi, Mwanza and Mulanje districts as one way of expressing dissatisfaction over Ansah’s decision not to resign despite several calls that she should do so.

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TOSH
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YU HAVE TRIED SEVERAL TACTICS BUT HAS FAILED, IFETU MADEMO ATHU SITIPEREKA NDALAMA THATS AMAKHALA VERY POWERFUL AND SUCCEFUL BKOZ WE DEMOSTRATE WITH OUR WILLFUL HEART NOT WITH MONEY,

SMM II
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SMM II

That’s how wars break. Watch out

TOSH
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wakutumaniyo akupweteketsa anzanu akhala akulimbana ndi achina MTAMBO alephera tayeserani tiwone ngati mungapitilire

Nambuma Girl
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Nambuma Girl

Musavutike nawo awa alandira K2 Billion kuchokera ku DPP ndalama zomwe zili misonkho yathu, pamene anthu muzipapatala akufa chifukwa chosowa simple medication just because a few greedy DPP people wants to keep on holding their positions, shame on you.

Hatton
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Hatton

Tikufuna Mtambo, Trapence, Chilima and Chakwera akakhale ku Mulanje kuti akaone Chinameta nkhanga mpala.

Gerald
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Gerald

Bwanji gululo lipite ku Karonga kapena ku Lilongwe likapange zotsustsazo?

Nzika
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Nzika

It is these counter-demos that spark off violence as your counter-demos are not done in good faith. You always aim at out-shining the other group & this results in violence where you always put the blame on HRDC while it is your own making. It clearly shows you have been hired & sponsored!

Chirima
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Chirima

HRDC DEMOS ARE MERE USELESS!!!

Ineyo
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Ineyo

Useless like your empty brain

Dan
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Dan

Kodi ku Karonga mukakhalakonso nanu?

Independent Observer
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Independent Observer

Good governance and democracy do not come for free, some people like the mighty Timothy Mtambo have to sacrice just like late Chakufwa Simbi ya Moto Chihana and Catholic Bishops did in 1992.We cannot all be Phwiiiiii! and just eating tax payers money..no no no

TMAN
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fools prevail in the streets aimlessly,the likes of Chilima boys,mwagwanayo

Sahara
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Sahara

A pumbwa inu odya misonkho yathu. It is sad that you are a one region party. You can only counter – demonstrate in the Southern region. Come to the central region if you have some guts. As someone already said “musanza ndrama za misonkho yathu ma cadet inu!”

Amos wa pickup
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Amos wa pickup

Abale tiuzeni komwe kumakhala ma kape amenewa. Ife za ku airport sitikwanitsa tipita kwao konko amufunse Ras Chikomeni, tinamukwerera minibus from Blantyre nkukamupa pa mzuzu pake pompo. Mwachepa. Dikirani muona minister wina tithana naye pompano