Malawi govt bans 3-day demos: Police to use force to stop protesters

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani has said government is banning three-day nationwide protests starting Wednesday this week organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

Minister of Information Mark Botomani: Government will not grant permission to HRDC to hold demos .-Pic by Daniel Namwini-Mana

Botomani, who is official Malawi government spokesperson, said in a statement issued on Tuesday, that  authorities will not grant  permission  to the HRDC to hold a three-day demonstration in all 28 districts of the country to allow people exercise their constitutional right to demand Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah’s resignation.

He said citizens should ignore any notice of demonstrations and not take part in the protests, saying the security forces will use  “necessary force” to stop the demonstrations.

“Any person who defies the warning not to proceed with the planned demonstrations and/or not to participate in them will be stopped with necessary force by law enforcers,” Botomani said in the statement.

He said government is convinced that conveners of the demonstrations deliberately abuse the right to demonstrate to achieve other ulterior agendas.

President Peter Mutharika has also said  the protests are not about elections but to usurp power from him.

Opposition political parties in the country and HRDC have been holding demonstrations in major cities for the past three months to dispute the re-election of Mutharika this May.

The demonstrations have in some cases been marred by looting and violence.

HRDC chairman, Timothy Mtambo, on Tuesday they have organised fresh rounds of protests in a bid to force Mutharika to remove Ansah as MEC chairperson, accusing her of presiding over alleged “fraudulent elections” which was marred by use of correction fluid Tippex to alter figures on result sheets.

Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, has dismissed the calls, saying she would only resign if the ongoing court case on the elections found her to have failed to discharge her duties.

MEC declared President Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) winner of the presidential race in the May 21 Tripartite Elections with 1 940 709 votes, representing 38.57 percent.

He was trailed by MCP presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera who came second with 1 781 740 votes, representing 35.41 percent while his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima came a distant third with 1 018 369 votes ,representing 20.24 percent, ahead of four other aspirants.

Chilima and Chakwera filed a petition in the Constitutional Court seeking nullification of the presidential election results. They cite alleged flaws in the results management process as a key factor for their case.

The hearing is set to continue on September 3 after a week-long break following an 11-day initial process in which Chilima and one witness Mirriam Gwalidi took to the witness stand.

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Nabetha
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Nabetha

Mr Botoman sir it’s not about using force against your employer, it’s about addressing the main issues. Where are the police when the tax payer money is being shared and looted by your lot.? Where is the high court when your lot are rubbishing the 5o plus one Bill in Parliament? Now it’s people’s turn, they (police) have suddenly woken up? Suddenly there is an attorney general…….suddenly there is a high court… I guess you are all part of the loot. Power has become too sweet to let go…. it’s ok to disagree. I rest my case!!

Che nnungu
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Government does not have the power to ban or stop a constitutional right. HRDC has stopped the demos because of a court order. Tipangatu ma Demo with proper shopping. Paja tikapanga a mtendere mumati tinali ku njira ya Mtanda. Tipanga tiononganso kuti muzidziwa kuti tinalidi ku ma demo

tung'ande
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tung'ande

there has been an attempt by Chakwera, Chilima and HRDC to drag the army into stupid politics and the army for want of being relevant have fallen for the political hook and want to show that the police is a bad institution that is denying people rights. Open up your eyes Nundwe before you are dumped in political mud

CHAMSANGA
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Which government ?Do we have government in Malawi ? You mean this illegitimate TIPPEX government ??Shame shame !!

mumderanji
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mumderanji

Mpwanga ukakhala usakuvomeleza mpaka 2024, umva kuwawa,

Jochi
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Jochi

APA kwatsala court case judgment after five yes DPP mukukwana inde bwana !!!!

Jochi
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Jochi

Hahaha koma kumeneko tinadziwa , DPP wpyeeww Jane ansah woyeee

Sasamba
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Sasamba

Boma latha zelu ili

APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅
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APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅

Hehehe. Adding fuel to the fire

Ntumbuka
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Ntumbuka

Thank Hon Minister. I will choose to ignore these idiotic and mobocracy yobs. Let them face the music with their paymasters opusa – fake accent Yona, Arafat, Chimwendo Bada etc.