HRDC rebuffs Muluzi on talks to stop Malawi airport shutdown

Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has rebuffed former President Bakili Muluzi on his call for a meeting to discuss the coalition’s plans to hold anti-Ansah protests at the country’s ports of entry.

Mtambo: HRDC has no time to engage in dialogue that lacks clear direction

HRDC has planned to hold protests at the country’s borders and airports from August 26 to 30, as one way of forcing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign.

Former president Muluzi wrote HRDC that he was against the planned protests, arguing they will paralyse the country’s already fragile economy.

In his letter on Monday, Muluzi first sympathised with HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo whose house in Lilongwe was petrol-bombed by unknown assailants last week, before he delved into the impending protest.

The former leader proposed that the meeting should take place on Friday or Saturday this week, before the planned protests scheduled for next Monday.

Reads the letter in part: “For the sake of this country, may I propose another meeting between your team and myself to find solutions to this impasse. We should endeavour to work at finding solutions that will keep our country together.”

But  Mtambo, while thanking Muluzi for sympathising with him on the arson at his home, said the HRDC has no time to engage in dialogue that lacks clear direction, saying after engaging Muluzi last month, they expected him to report to the country on the meeting which he held with President Peter Mutharika so that the citizenry is aware of what transpired.

“We are not going to have any dialogue with him [Muluzi] until he gives us a feed back of what he discussed with Mutharika,” said Mtambo.

“We will not waste time with any form of dialogue that has no direction. We are not going to dialogue for the sake of it,” he added.

But Muluzi said  he wants to use the meeting to tell the HRDC what he discussed with Mutharika.

A  political and administrative studies lecturer at Chancellor College Mustafa Hussein has said the HRDC is justified to snub a meeting with Muluzi, suggesting that the former president must bring together all players-Mutharika, Ansah and HRDC.

The HRDC has been holding demonstrations since the announcement of the May 21 presidential election results to force Ansah to resign and pave the way for investigations to identify and prosecute those who supplied Tippex used  to alter elections figures.

Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, has dismissed calls for her to resign for allegedly mismanaging the presidential election, saying she would only step down if the court hearing an elections petition case found her leadership to have failed to discharge its duties.

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Tariq
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Tariq

Fire Jane Ansah and everything returns to normal. Simple.

Neno
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Neno

Muluzi thawi yako yinatha iwe palimbe chomwe chanzeru unganene kutundu wa aMalawi

BIG P
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BIG P

Mjomba Che Bakiri people lost trust in you long time ago & after all you’re the one who gives those thugs a key to rule us so leave us alone we will handle those thugs our selves the way we handle you with your third term plan idiot

braveheart
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who did this foreigner Mtumbo and his friend vote for?

Ineyo
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Ineyo

Do you have proof that he is a foreigner.

braveheart
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will prove it.Watch this space and now can u answer who did he vote for?

HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
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HRLGBT/LGBTIQ

Ntambo ndi anthu ake amachuluka ndi achinyamata Akulu sikwenikweni.Simudabwapo enanu China Chake pa zaNtambo ndi anthu ake . Ena ochepa akuzidziwa. EAQUAL DEAUX Malawi mudziwako zina kumeneko .

HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
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HRLGBT/LGBTIQ

Simukudziwa enatu, department ya Obama ndi mwamuna mnzake uja,Michelle(Mike Obama) ndiye ya achina Ntambo Ku SATANIC ambendela ya RAIN BOW.Ena mukukaika yanganani EAQUAL DEAUX Malawi

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Za ziiii

Chirima
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Chirima

I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THE POLICE, ARMY, COURTS AND PRESIDENT SHOULD ALLOW THIS NONSENSE TO HAPPEN!!! IF THE PRESIDENT ALLOWS IT, HE MIGHT BE ALLOWING A COUP TO HAPPEN TO HIMSELF!!! PLEASE STOP THIS USELESS DEMOS FROM HAPPENING!!!

Kotakota mtalamo
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Kotakota mtalamo

U’re son of senior cadet

Anti-Demos Vigilante
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Anti-Demos Vigilante

Buddy take solance in the fact no matter high a bird flies it will land at one time. These demo organisers are talk of the town today but la 40 lizakwana and they will remember the pleadings to stop the demos many Malawians are posting here and else where. Nzako wadzina ndi uyu amabwebweta zatipex lero akuti tipex sanagwiritsidwe ntchito pobera mavoti. How can any sensible man, a PhD holder for that matter, say that 2 votes are enough to nullify an election? Do we pluck monies from a tree like mangoes to fund these expensive elections? I can bet… Read more »

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Mtambo should be a leader bcoz he has expressed his good character and honest.He would serve us honestly.But i wonder why muluzi is busy stopping HRDC from leading Demonstrations?.Doesn’t he know who is causing these chaos? If he is the knowledgeable person, he should consult Mutharika to Fire Ansah but failing which, HRDC won’t stop organising Demonstrations till this Bitch called Ansah resigns.

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

Iwe ndi chintumbuka China chakuthengere chofuchirira eti.

Nyini ya Jane Ansah
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Nyini ya Jane Ansah

Choka iwe zagalu zodya madeya inu, manyazi mulibe did you see any northerner feeding on maize husks? Umphawi uli thooo nkumatako komwe simungazimvere chisoni? Chinkhalamba chanu chopanda manuchi chidabera and chiona sichinati. Chaonderatu ndi maganizo zimafupa mmasayamu zachita kutulukira. Nonsense!!!

FOOLISH QUESTIONS ARE QUESTIONS
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MULUZI IS A THIEF — JOYCE IS A THIEF ‘— PETER IS A THIEF — ANSAH IS A THIEF — THESE PEOPLE ARE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S SKIN —- BE CAREFUL MALAWI — HRDC GO GO GO !!

Botomani
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Botomani

arrest these thugs. asking them for discussions makes them feel important