HRDC says Mutharika move to use force against demo is ‘sign of impunity’

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition(HRDC) has responded to President Peter Mutharika speech directing police and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to use necessary force to stop demonstrations, saying he is not above the law and is not the law himself.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo (L), Vice Chairperson, Gift Trapence (C) and memberLuke Tembo say if Mutharika wants to declare state of emergency, he should follow due process.

The demonstrations are aimed at closing the country’s borders and airports to force the resignation or firing of Jane Ansah  as chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  to take place from August 26 to 30.

HRDC vice chairperson Gift Trapence has described Mutharika’s directives as a show of impunity.

Trapence said if Mutharika wants to declare state of emergency, he should follow due process.

“HRDC will not sit down and watch people’s rights being curtailed. We will seek legal redress to such decrees and impunity until Jane Ansah resigns. The president should know that HRDC is non-political and is not influenced by any interests other than the best interests of Malawians,” Trapence said.

Trapence says the President is not above the law and as human rights defenders, HRDC, they will seek legal means to address such impunity.

“The President is not above the law and is not law himself. Malawi is a constitutional Republic no one can curtail the rights of Malawians,” he said.

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ayaka
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ayaka

Mtambos head is good for a bullet. I pray mbuzi imeneyi atayipha. Ndizayione ili mu coffinin ulendo wakumanda

Nabanda
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Nabanda

War of words, this is killing the country.

choncho
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choncho

now ayamba kunena “legal redress” idiots. Tou said you are going to go the Airport onse, Tapitani!!! tione. Ayamba kupanga mantha, Chilima has been hit by reality now, HRDC akuona ngati when all is said and done adzakhala mu mtendere kulibe, that whole gang. Anthu akumpoto akadzakhala olamulira dziko lidzaphwasulidwa, anthu akumwera. chifukwa HRDC yayambisa chisankho choipa

Mgubani
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Mgubani

This is not about anthu akumpoto you idiot,Chisiru iwe woyambisa chisankho ndiweyo ukuyankhula zopusa apawe,have constructive ideas not just speaking hate here.

Comforage
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Ma Demo awa azakhala osiyana ndi onse becareful guys, ena akataya miyoyo yao pasikuli, Not Mtambo, not Trapence but mere people. Take it or leave it. Wakumva wamva, osamva sanamve. Olimba mtima iwe pita ukamatche.

TAMALISHA
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TAMALISHA

Comforage u r fool and udzafe ndiwe osati amalawi

mimu
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court ndilomwe litazachose jane ansah and not demostrations.a Mtambo…mlandu uli mu court.ine daily ndikumaumvera ma radio mu.patience mulibe.or kapena nanunso mwaugamula kale ngati ine…kuti a electro commission sanalakwise???kuti zisankho zinayenda bwino…nde mukufuna kuti ruling ikamazabwera inu muzakhale mutaononga kale zikoli? vuto lodalira aid money…as income ndilimeneli.umapanga zinthu zompanga please uyo akukupasa aid yo.olo atati mupange demo muli naked….mupanga….nanga mukakana aid ibwera? anzanutu tikuthamanga ndi ma business aulimi…joinery etc….sitidalira kupempha….and mukutionongera ma business athu ndi zanu zamkutuzi. Police and army plz use force to stop this.zatikwana ife.we want our peaceful Malawi back.nkhondo sitimaiziwa ife…tidabadwira mu mtendere takulira mu mtendere,tizafera mu mtendere… Read more »

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Tell the president the truth he doesnt know that he is dealing with a different malawi not that his late brother dealt with. He even cant see that his days are numbered therefore should be very careful with his directives. Police should make sure not to provoke protesters but should deal with those who wants to damage property, thats it. Theres no war in malawi that you should bring out the armies of malawi, for what? Is there job to frighten malawians or protect malawians? We want a peacefull demonstration and any property damage we condemn to hell! And we… Read more »

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Musalankhule kwambiri guys, dikilani muone mademo akutheka pa 26 pano ndipo ndipamene mukhulupilire kuti mutharika ndi mbuzi yachabechabe ndipo sali pamwamba pa lamulo.

Sona Moyo
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Sona Moyo

HRDC don’t worry about the comments made by Charie, Yasser Arafat, Alfred Minjo, Anzelu ndi Anzelu, Richie, Brave Heart, Fotseki, Abiti Cashgate, maina onsewa ndi munthu mmodzi. Akufuna kuti apange emphasize point yake yodana ndi ma demo. Utsilu wake tautulukira. Just tell your Grandfather APM to tell Jane Tippex Ansah to resign.

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

Kuipa nkhope ndi mtima womwe tazioneni pamene zakhalapo, asatana enieni

che nnungu
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Zako zimenezo. Peter Muthalika nde ndi okongola? kikiki. Tionana pa 26

Sona Moyo
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Sona Moyo

Gogo Peter Mutharika lero mmene wakalambamu nkhope ngati Nyani

TAMALISHA
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TAMALISHA

Popeza alomwe ndiye onyansa achina peter, chaponda, mwanamveka wina ndi uja wa milomo ngati kuthak…uja

Ndangodutsamo
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Ndangodutsamo

Ali ndi ulamuliro sdziwike basi