HRDC postpones Tuesday demo to Thursday: Analyst says organisers should have high sense of maturity

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has  announced the cancellation of  the Tuesday demonstrations, but will instead hold them on Thursday.

Munthali: This gives room to speculation that perhaps they have been compromised

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo made the announcement Monday afternoon at a news conference held at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe

“We delayed to serve relevant authorities with notices of our intention to demonstrate to state residences and we also need to change routes and add numbers,” Mtambo said

Commenting on the cancellation, governance expert and commentators Makhumbo Munthali said it is unfortunate that HRDC leadership delayed to announce the postponement of the demonstrations.

“This does not reflect well on them and often gives room to speculation that perhaps they have been compromised,” Munthali told Nyasa Times.

Besides, Munthali said the delay is also contrary to  the Commission of Inquiry of July 20 2011 demos report which clearly recommended  that organisers of demonstrations must strive to provide timely and effective communication to the public in event there is postponement or cancellation of demonstrations to avoid causing violence

“It is therefore important for HRDC to always realise that while they are providing leadership to these demonstrations they must always be mindful that they are doing this based on trust with the majority of Malawians who are of the view that the elections was compromised.

“As these are issues of public interest, and as such they need to always be transparent and accountable to the people in the manner they are discharging such a leadership including providing constant feedback to the people,” said Munthali.

The governance expert advised HRDC to  always demonstrate a high sense of  maturity and responsibility,” and must always strive to be consistent with their script while of course being flexible where necessary.”

During the news conference,  the HRDC leaders vowed not to pay for any damageof  property destroyed during the June 20 nationwide demonstrations, arguing that they are not responsible as the duty to protect citizens and their property falls on the Malawi Police Service (MPS).

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Ndife
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Ndife

1 million dallaz is finishing little by little. Malawians just follow things without being sceptical. Wake up Malawi.

Anti-Demos Vigilante
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Anti-Demos Vigilante

These Mtambos and friends will soon hit a deadwall. The economy has started biting and people are slowly realising the demos are partly to blame because businesses have slowed down. Everyone in the streets is now saying “zatopetsa” and the numbers will drastically dwindle next week as people stay at home to follow the election case through the radios in comfort of their homes. Anthu timanena izi sizaJane Ansah, siizi mwayamba kuonjezera maina aanthu: munayamba ndi Jane Ansah, kenako ma commissioners, pano mwaonjezera Afred Chanza (BCC CEO). Tikudziwa komwe mukufuna kuthera koma mwauponda. Pano ndi two months APM akadali pampando… Read more »

A. Marula
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A. Marula

HDRC you have got to get your act together. By constantly postponing and canceling demonstrations you look disorganized and you are losing momentum. People will lose trust in you and will lose interest in these demos if you keep acting so disorganized.

Nyasa jè Malawi
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Chilima and Chakwera, tsegulani mmanso basi. Look sharp please

Nyasa jè Malawi
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Shupit, I think a-Malawia tiyambe tokha kuzimenyela ufulu not achina Mtambo
.. don’t take us for granted.. shupit and who are you Jane pa anthu 17 million ? shupit

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

ZAlowa chibwanatu izi. Anthu mudziwazunguza chonchi ngati chibwenzi cha ku bala. Lero bwetu izi ayi koma mawa. Be mature. Nanunso mungokhala ngati a Mutharika amene bwanji?

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