Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have postponed the demonstrations on Thursday and Friday to call for the sacking of Jane Ansah as the head of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to pave way for court sanctioned mandatory peace talks with the government.
HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo has confirmed the protests will not take place Thursday and Friday “with exception of Karonga who still holding vigil.”
He said:“Today [Thursday], we will be preparing for the meeting at the Supreme Court, some of us will be travelling to attend the meeting on the 14-day moratorium.”
He said Friday is the actual day of the meeting between the HRDC and the Attorney General at the Supreme Court to find best ways of holding the protests peacefully.
“People could have gone to the streets on their own but we feel we should always be with them, we should not leave them alone, they need our leadership in such situations,” said Mtambo.
The HRDC held protests on Wednesday which were generally peacefully apart from the incidents when some journalists were beaten up by demonstrators.
Protesters demonstrated in the capital in the capital Lilongwe, in the commercial centre Blantyre and in the cities of Mzuzu and Zomba.
They demand Ansah to step down as MEC chairperson over her handling of the disputed May presidential elections.
According to the official results, President Peter Mutharika secured a slim margin of victory over opposition chief Lazarus Chakwera.
Gift Trapence, vice chairperson of the HRDC said they had presented a petition to Parliament.
Official show Mutharika won 38.57% of the vote to Chakwera’s 35.41%, with former vice president Saulos Chilima third, on 20.24%.
But the two opposition leaders said there had been irregularities in the vote-counting process and both have joined some of the subsequent protests.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :