HRDC says Tuesday peaceful demos are on despite Malawi police ‘ban’

Organisers of the anti-Jane Ansah peaceful protests, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have snubbed the police chief and the ruling party over the demonstrations, saying they are still on come Tuesday despite insecurity threats.

Demonstrations at staring point at Kamuzu Upper Stadium in Blantyre

HRDC executive member Luke Tembo said on Saturday the protesters have a right to protest as enshrined in the Republican Constitution.

“It is the duty of the police to protect the demonstrators, it is the duty of the police to protect property,” said Tembo.

Tembo’s comments came after the police Inspector General Rodney Jose wrote HRDC on Friday to stop convening the protests, saying both the rights body and the police have failed to ensure violence free demonstrations.

Tembo said the Republican constitution overrides the police Act clauses Jose had quoted as legal defense for his decision to halt the protests.

In a letter dated July 26, 2019 to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Jose also says the rights activists have as well failed to hold peaceful demonstrations.

“In view of the above, the Malawi Police Service, in exercise of its powers under section 105(1) of the police Act, demands that HRDC should forthwith stop convening demonstrations until such a time when it would be possible to convene and hold demonstrations. You are also required to convey this demand to members of the HRDC at all levels,” says Jose in the letter.

The letter says the HRDC sanctioned protests have been convened as peaceful; however, in all cases, Jose says, they have turned to be violent and have resulted injury to persons, extensive damage to property and looting.

“As you are aware, police officers have been attacked during these demonstrations making it extremely difficult for them to provide security to persons and property,” says the letter in part.

The police chief says the situation has been deteriorating with each new demonstration that HRDC convenes.

“It is thus evident that your organization is no longer able to convene peaceful demonstrations. On our part, we are unable to provide adequate protection for the people participating in these demonstrations and those affected by the same due to, among others, the hostile attitude of demonstrators towards police officers and criminal elements that have hijacked the said demonstrations,” says Jose in the letter addressed to HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo.

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Pofera salambula
Pofera salambula
1 year ago

This time ndiye tikukamphwanya Malawi yense ndipo mudziwanso.A police mapwala anu muonanso,mufa simunati agalu inu

Mundali
Mundali
1 year ago

The Malawi Police failed to contain the cadets who terrorised people and burned cars of opposition. The failed to arrest cadets who beat up innocent malawians. The failed to protect and arrest the people who killed people with albinism. the police spearheaded the demolition of MCP Headquaters after election. The Malawi police are themselves destroyers of life and property. Therefore they cannot stand on any higher moral grounds that the thugs sent by DPP to demolish propoerty and cause havoc. We who are agrieved will continue demonstrating

TOSH
1 year ago

NGATI APOLICE AKUGONJA ARE WE SAFE

Mliseche
Mliseche
1 year ago

We need banners that say:
– Jane Ansah must fall
-Tippex Government must fall
– Maliseche must fall
-Jose must fall
-Gertrude Mutharika and Mrs Chimulirenji must fall
-Muluzi give back MK1.7B

Masauko
Masauko
1 year ago

My advice to everyone Demostrating is that,keep it up,we have too many stupid leaders in Malawi who thinks they can do whatever they want even if the people doesn’t want them,we must show them that Malawi is not for Peter nor for Dausi alone,, Malawi belongs to all malawians.and we have aright to say NO to tippexellency,it’s time MEC stops imposing corrupt leaders on Malawiains.We want afair government,we say NO to Dausi’s intimidations and manipulation.we are tired of lies that government use to manipulate through MBC.ruling parties in Malawi must stop using the police as thier shied and means to… Read more »

The Patriot
The Patriot
1 year ago

Fraudsters have no place to hide, we will demonstrate until the Tippex Regime falls. No legitimacy no peace for the Tippex leader and his cronies!! Even UK knows that we have a Tippex president! Shame.

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

Go konko on Tuesday!!!.. kkkkkk!!.. wina alira! 😂😂😂😂😂 ulendo uno ndikapwanye NATIONAL BANK mudziwanso agalu inu.Ngati mukuganiza kuti zitha zokha ndiye muli m’madzi kkkkkk! ine ndisiya mademo malawi yense akapsya.

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago
Reply to  Innoxy Charles

Tikamati ndinu mbava mumakana chani?National Bank yalakwa chani? Ukhaula ndi ikavu uwona. Come to Blantyre on Tuesday.

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

ARAFAT HAMDANI ndi nkhono yopanda nzeru.Ine ndili ku BT komkuno ndipo tikumana mawali tikuonetse afana.

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
1 year ago
Reply to  Innoxy Charles

Ndiwe ugly cadet

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago
Reply to  Mmalawi

Iwe ndi chigoba Cha nyau Nyolonyo.

Richie
1 year ago

UTM and MCP
If you were really United
Why did you not make a coalition before elections
Why wasting time now
Prepare for 2024 instead of advocating civil war

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago
Reply to  Richie

Kagwere uko mbuzi iwe, fuck!!.

Ajofia
Ajofia
1 year ago

Before taking any decision on the matter, understand your constitution well which is the supreme law of the land, otherwise you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. There are 2 simple things you need to know, first does the IG of police has legal mandate to bar or ban demonstration and secondly if the citizenary of the contrary opinion have the right to confront the demonstrators with view to stop them. If the answers are affirmative to the two questions, then its rightful to do so.

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

We are prepared to teach you a couple lessons in Bt you time-waters and looters.

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
1 year ago

Kkkkk… be ready for your body to undergo panel beating by the Army, at owner’s risk

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago
Reply to  M'Malawi

MDF isadzatuluke. Kuswa kuswa. Meals ku mwala. Tatopa nanu makape. Malawi ha 18 million people my ya muona.

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

‘Time-waters’ ndiye kuti chani mbuli iwe otchedwa arafat hamdani? Kkkkkkkk!!!!😂😂😂😂😂.Sukulu yake iti kuli mbwelera zimene? Kkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!….

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