Lilongwe City Council blocks HRDC demos: Analysts say open State Houses for vigils

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has blocked Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from holding demonstrations in the capital and subsequently presents a petition at the gate of President Peter Mutharika official residence, Kamuzu Palace.

HRDC, the human rights watchdog , leadership told no vigils at State House

The chief executive officer for LCC, John Chome said in a letter seen by Nyasa Times that the HRDC could not hold protests at State Residence.

“Kamuzu palace is a state residence and therefore a protected area. The council would not allow you to demonstrate to the state residences in violation of section 103 of the Police Act,” says the letter.

HRDC planned to hold protests and vigils at all State House residences in Blantyre, Zomba, Mangochi, Lilongwe and Mzuzu is Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Janrs Ansah refuses to step down for allegedly presiding over a flawed election in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Meanwhile, political analysts have told State House to open all state residences for peaceful protesters, saying it is not only their right to demonstrate in such places but the residences belong to them.

P political analyst George Phiri of the University of Livingstonia said it was the right thing to demonstrate right away at the home of the president.

“Innocent people have lost property yet the targets are safe,” said Phiri.

Another political analyst Ernest Thindwa from the University of Malawi said Malawians have a right to protest right away in the fence of Kamuzu palace and other state residences.

He said the buildings’ owners are Malawians themselves.

HRDC vice chairperson Gift Trapence said the protesters would ignore the Lilongwe City Council advice on Thursday.

He said the peaceful protests would go right into the fence of Kamuzu palace.

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Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
2 years ago

Both George Phiri and Ernest Thindwa are atumbuka with no substance in the skull.

Omakaka
Omakaka
2 years ago

Ena Ake ATI kunalibewo.Mukumangonena ndi kuchita nchimbulimbuli eti.Constitution ya democrassy 1993 muno analemba ndani?

Circle of Fools
2 years ago

There is a reason why we are all created in the image of God. But with different levels of criminality.

Naluso
Naluso
2 years ago

Info from inside sources, please note that the DPP ( Dausi and Mchancha) have given Cadets 250 guns to fight MDF in the demonstrations tomorrow and disturb demonstrations. And also DPP have paid judicial staff to strike and push for resignation of Chief Justice for siding with opposition parties. They plan to strike and paralyze the courts for 3 weeks so that the electoral case can be delayed and MEC can do their maneuvering. Abale anga a Army and opposition, be on the look out, these thugs will stop at nothing to cling to power.

DRAKE
DRAKE
2 years ago

Let Mtambo, Trapence, Sembereka and Mayaya first organise their wives, brothers, Children and Relatives to go o the State Residences to demonstrate and if succesful then they can take others. State residences,Army Barracks, Hospitals are some of the protected places that one can easily loose his life if you try to harass the security there. Military personnel guarding that place are under strict instructions to protect the Head of State.

Tiyeseni Phiri
Tiyeseni Phiri
2 years ago

Political Analysts fueling demos?

Ignatius
2 years ago

Mtembo is being funded by satanic people to bring chaos in the country and even his face is clearly showing kuti munthuyu ndi wa ku midima

Mr Truth Pains
2 years ago

Kkkkk nawoni amene a kukhala ku state residents think they are above the law, they are the one misleading the president.

They need also to feel the heat as well , block them , they mustn’t come out of all state residents for a week. Block all the entry , I really support this idea than just breaking innocent peoples stuff in Towns .

Malawians are appointing authority of those in state houses so if they failed to work according to the requirements Malawians want then evict all of them.

Analyst
Analyst
2 years ago

HRDC wants to be the investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury! They have self imposed legitimacy as ‘representatives’ of the people. Their fuel is attention. MSM should turn the cameras elsewhere. We are tired of this addition to attention.

Timve ziti
Timve ziti
2 years ago

Gender activists wailed and marched saying Jane Ansah is a woman, a mother etc. Where is her mother’s heart then? She can see the peoples anger, the whole country being affected, other mothers’ children being beaten up and yet she is not moved at all. Where is her mother’s heart. ??

Moyo
2 years ago
Reply to  Timve ziti

Why should Jane Ansah and President Muthalika resign? You seem to have nothing to do. You are fighting a losing battle. You failed to conquer Muthalika at the poll, now you want to use force, ndiye zikuvutanitu!!!

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