HRDC set to proceed with ‘Ansah must fall’ mass protests

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said it will proceed as planned  with  mass protests pushing for the resignations  of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah despite Attorney General seeking a court order to stop the same.

Mtambo:  We will proceed with the mega demos Tuesday and Wednesday

HRDC national chairperson Timothy Mtambo told reporters at a news conference on Sunday that their position remains that if Ansah, who is accused of presiding over a flawed electoral process in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, does  not resign, they will take to the streets again.

He said the fresh rounds of demonstrations will take place  on Tuesday August 6 and Wednesday SAugust 7 2019 in  Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu.

Mtambo said the demonstration will spill over to Wednesday in Lilongwe where they will hold a two-night vigil between Parliament Building and Capital Hill but  in Mzuzu and Blantyre  it will only be held on Tuesday.

But the High Court in Lilongwe is expected on Monday  to rule on an application by Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale asking the court to order against the mega demos or that if they hold such protest marches, the organisers should pay a deposit  of K2 billion to cover damages  incurred during the protests.

Mtambo said HRDC will not pay anything as demanded because it is unconstitutional.

“These are enemies of progress who would want to stop Malawians from exercising their right to demonstrate,” said Mtambo.

He stressed that it is the constitutional right for all Malawians to express dissatisfaction.

Commenting on the K2 billion surety,  HRDC’s Solomon  Phiri faulted  Attorney General for attempts to curtail people’s rights.

“We are in the streets because it it our constitutional right. The issues that are in court are different from what we are demanding. There is no need to attach some monetary aspect to the demonstrations and the constitutional right does not require people to pay surety when they demonstrate,” he said.

HRDC plans to mobilise a million demonstrators to participate in the cities for Tuesday and Wednesday marches in a bid to force Ansah and her commissioners to reign.

Malawi Law Society recently asked Ansah to “deeply reflect” on her holding on to MEC post when the country continue to be torn apart.

Ansah spoke once and said she would not resign as demanded by HRDC as that would be tantamount to pandering to the whims of a mob and that she too is waiting for the election case  at the Constitution Court that UTM leader Saulos Chilima and MCP president Lazarus Chakwera  have filed asking for the nullification of election results.

Commentator George Kasakula writing in his  ‘Hitting the Nail’ column published in Malawi News, pointed out that Ansah must ask herself  of it is  worth it not to resign  just because she thinks she is right and waiting for the court case.

“What will it take for her to resign? After all, she will still be Supreme Court justice. This arrogance is tearing the country apart. We all know she is a Supreme Court justice and well versed in arguing her case but her action in staying put at Mec is holding the country to ransom,” wrote Kasakula.

Kasakula, who is also Editor-In-Chief of the Times Media, said Ansah’s  position at MEC  is untenable “as none on the opposition side will participate in an election where she is chair of MEC  as they have lost confidence in her.”

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Charie
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Charie

Mulungu akuyang’anire .koma wazeru amaopa ziwawa koma kuthandiza akulu

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Pple who r supporting Ansah to remain put r just showing how ignorant how much revenue the govt is losing since the demos started in this country bola iwo akubabe ndalama zathu bt the Kwacha is going down so too investors loss of security as well tourists shying Malawi.

THE APOSTLE
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GO KONKO………WINA ALIRA WINA AGWA NDI BP

khafi
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Za ma demos sizitithandizapo apa aaa momwe mwayambila kuyenda musewu munja chikusitha ndichani , think ena alemera ma demo omwewa pamene ena silipasi yitha ndikuyenda pasewu malo momapanga zoti zikuthandimzeni apa

Bwabwalala Mlakho
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Bwabwalala Mlakho

DPP sympathiser.

Businessman
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Businessman

Tikakumana ku nseu konko. The police and army have told you that they cannot protect your thuggery any more. Now we will protect our property ourselves. We are ready for you thugs and your Mtambo. We will now target both the organizers and the thugs. Mufera zaini mmawa. Tomorrow is the day your mothers will tell you not to go to demos again. You will use the 5,000 and 2,000 for hospital transport. Let’s go!!!!

Joloza
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This one is a mother of demos. After this one you can go ahead and hold magogo of demos. The truth of the matter will still remain the same. Jane is innocent. If the mother and magogo of demos fail to remove Ansah, ask me I will advise you another way of demonstrating. Do like the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Start cutting yourselves so that you can bleed. May be she will resign when she sees your blood kkkkkk. As far as I am concerned the mother and magogo of demos can’t remove Ansah. May be the one… Read more »

Gang'a
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Gang'a

Chitsiru chinanso ndi ichi kkkkkkkk mmutu mwadzadza mamina okhaokha ngati hule lanu Jane Ansah

Joloza
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Its only the opposition court that has found her guilty of election mismanagement. We are waiting for another verdict from the constitution court. Therefore no need for her to resign. She can’t even be intimidated by your so called demos. She is innocent to date though condenmed by the opposition court.

Natty Prince
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Natty Prince

Amalawi mbava zikuyendetsa bomali osazisiya mpaka zichoke Malawi simunda wa andale akuba ayi tikufuna Anthu okonda dziko lawo ndiamene azilamulira osati awa okonda kuba ndi zachinyengo

KHARUPA
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KHARUPA

Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interests. REMEMBER THAT!!!!

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Where in the world have you ever heard of demonstrators paying surety prior to demonstrations?????? Do not be blinded by patronage or the love of the establishment. It has never happened anywhere & it will never happen in Malawi because it is unconstitutional.

M'Malawi
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M'Malawi

The mother of demos.