HRDC vows to go ahead to seal State House  despite arrests

Officials from the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) say they are not intimidated by the arrests of two of their leaders, saying the rights activists will go ahead to  shut down State residences on March 25 to force President Peter Mutharika fire Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners and assent to Electoral Bills recently passed in Parliament.

Luke Tembo: We will not be intimidated

The grouping also wants the President to appoint a new commission to manage upcoming presidential election.

HRDC’s spokesperson  Luke Tembo said this after the police on Sunday arrested grouping’s  vice chairperson Gift Trapence and member MacDonald Sembereka.

The coalition chairperson Timothy Mtambo has gone into hiding after learning that the police were looking for him.

“We will proceed with the demonstrations. Arrests are part of the game. We will not be intimidated,” said Tembo.

Before going into hiding on Sunday, Mtambo said the HRDC will not be intimidated by what he described as nonsense.

“Threatening each other will not work. We are against the impunity. We are fighting for a better Malawi and a better Malawi is commenting,” he said.

HRDC is forcing President Mutharika to fire the MEC commissioners following recommendations from the Constitutional Court and the parliamentary Public Appointments Committee who accused the pollster of incompetency to handle another election.

On February 3, the High Court sitting in Lilongwe as the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) annulled the presidential election, saying they were marred by a plethora of irregularities. The court therefore ordered Parliament to make provisions for holding of fresh presidential election within 150 days.

Parliament passed the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Amendment Bill which has set fresh elections to be held on May 19. The Bill also provides for the holding a run-off election 30 days later if no candidate gets 50%+1 of the votes cast.

Procedurally, the President is supposed to assent to a Bill within 21 days from the date of its passage in Parliament. This means Mutharika is remaining with less than 14 days to assent to the Electoral Bills if MEC is to conduct fresh presidential elections based on the new law.

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Old timers
8 months ago

Opinions matters, they are bad and good options depends on were you side. To be honest HRDC has driven our poor economy backwards, and to be certain HRDC is acting like a political party, why are they one-sided that’s the question to ask, does it mean HRDCs Job is to call for demonstrations to satisfy their political affiliates, try to be neutral and solve matters on a round table that will really help Malawians, they are so many political parties in Malawi, invite them and hear there views, church organisations other neutral NGOs etc definitely you can come up with… Read more »

POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
8 months ago

Kulanda boma ndikomwe kulipo

wa Nyau
wa Nyau
8 months ago

vuto ndinuyo a APM ,munafatsa mopusa.Anyamata amenewa amafunika kuwaonetsa nyekhwe chaka chatha chomwe chija.lero ndiizi akulowani mu kabudula

Feston grido
Feston grido
8 months ago
Reply to  wa Nyau

Big up

Wamapesiiiii
Wamapesiiiii
8 months ago

Anva nkhwangwa ili mutu. Kodi iwe tembo ulibe arrest warrant?

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago

It’s impossible to stop change regardless of whatever tactics employed.

Lincoln
Lincoln
8 months ago

More fire…

We will douse the idiotic and divisive nyekhwe.

Absolute pathetic DPP gang. We well fight to the end.

Banda
Banda
8 months ago

We do not want to see or hear HRDC thugs again.

Mandado@147
8 months ago
Reply to  Banda

Sorry you will always see them regardless they have others before and will always be after these ones!

Namboti
Namboti
8 months ago

Arrest all of them. HRDC yatitopetsa. Just look at the names: Mtambo, Temnbo, Trapence etc.

POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
8 months ago

Ikufuna kulanda boma motumidwa

bake
bake
8 months ago

mungoziipisila mbili kokutha ithaitha pa 19 may mugwa bwanji mukunjenjemera

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