Malawi govt dismayed by HRDC demo plan: Attorney General says ‘questionable motives’

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale has said government have noted with dismay the move by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to set a date for a fresh round of demonstrations before the negotiations that were sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Appeal have been concluded.

Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale says HRDC not engaging in good faith

HRDC has announced that it will hold nationwide demonstrations from Wednesday to Friday next week to continue their bid to push for Jane Ansah to resign as chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

According to HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo, the demos will be conducted following elapse of 14 day court moratorium.  One of the HRDC officials Reverend McDonald Sembereka said the protests will be peaceful because Police committed not to use tear gas or any excessive force on marchers.

But Attorney General Kaphale in an interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday evening said HRDC announcement of fresh protests with questionable motives.

He said following the directive from the Supreme Court, the two sides met and agreed on a few areas on what needs to be done for demonstrations that HRDC conducts to be peaceful one as is the constitutional requirement.

“There were of course a few areas of disagreement.  The Government had hoped that the parties would re-engage to sort out the differences before going back to court for its final guidance on the matter,” Kaphale told Nyasa Times.

He added: “Regrettably, on the expiry of the 15 days, HRDC has called for a fresh round of demonstrations which is contrary to the spirit of the dialogue. Of course, this comes with very little surprise as right at the outset, HRDC tried to scupper the very first meeting through unauthenticated allegations of a grenade attack against them and notably, during the follow up talks, they dug their heels in on areas that are expressly provided for in the Police Act on issues conveners of demonstrations must address or undertake to ensure peace prior to holding the demonstration.”

Kaphale said these are issues like a suitable number of marshals and vehicles to ferry the demonstrators at the start and finish points.

“These are matters provided for at all but over which the HRDC does not want to commit itself to providing.

“Of course the parties should have approached the courts on the expiry of the 14 day moratorium period, but were informed of the unavailability of the justice of appeal,” said the AG.

He said government believes the move by HRDC is in bad faith and intends to approach the court for further directions.

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Nyondo
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Atambwali sametana

Nzeruzambuli
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Nzeruzambuli

Bravo Chechamba that’s the solution from wise person

Nyapapi
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Nyapapi

When all you think is to please your master, you end up behaving like the AG. Why is he crying so loud on a very simple issue? You thought it will end at the 14 day through quenched momentum with your courts? Wauponda, the anger and zeal is too strong and you will be surprised during the demos that all including the Cadets are on the street and only the AG is sitting back

HRDC Moto kuti buuu. Chala chake ndichino wina anapanga camp Ku court basi

Chechamba
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Chechamba

ATTORNEY GENERAL MUST BE ADVISED NOT JUST TO WASTE OUR TAX MONEY ON COURT CASES WHICH CAN BE MANAGED WITH POLITICAL SOLUTIONS.WHY ON EARTH IS THE PRESIDENT NOT REMOVING JANE ANSAH FROM HIS POSITION?

Suzgo Yangwe
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Suzgo Yangwe

HRDC is a condom used by Chakwera and all losers of May 21 elections. The problem is that thieves, rogues and vagabonds taste power over innocent people and businesses to loot, destroy and burn!
We are tired of these demonstrations!🧐

Chidzukulu cha mpanga
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Chidzukulu cha mpanga

u had all the 14 days for the dialog and mukudzidzimuka chani apa, kaphale kasweka basi tikakhala ife ndi wa ku mseu basi.

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

Melody, NKHANI NDIYA ONSET. APM is another fool, why do u call him President? Mmxxiiii

SAUNDERS
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SAUNDERS

It is not HRDC but MCP, Our Government is very weak to some extent. These HRDC people are supposed to be dealt with with an Iron Fist because they are not an elected group, its being used and because of the weakness of our leaders they are giving them a lot of Space to Manuver. This Government need to negotiate with MCP and UTM not HRDC. This Country needs Peace not destructive strikes, Jane Ansa is being used as a Pawn but the real issue is to engage MCP and UTM. Government should suspend all discussion with this group, its… Read more »

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Justice Uris's

Kamphale I hope in your law studies you scored highest on the course of “CASE DELAYING STRATEGIES” we come to learn now that most of your cases that you take,base very much on delaying tactics to defeat Justice. But remember days have gone for that style,youths have outnumbered elders ,try your best to march with their speed of thinking. They might be going at higher speed than you,planning managers.
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chataika
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chataika

I disagree with what you say my friend. After 14 days these two parties are supposed to go back to supreme court and present their MOU before ushering new protests. So Kaphale is right and if i quoted well in this article he says they were to meet the judge but was not available on other official engagements now why going to street without meeting the judge first for guidenace? Amwene know this yolira ng’oma kwambiri kusweka kwatsala pang’ona there were ppo like Mwakasungula ask him he will tell you demos are devilish in as far as here in malawi… Read more »

watoto
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watoto

Stupid man

zegede
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zegede

Join the discussion…izi za calm izi pali milandu yambirimbirir yakhalilidwa mudzina la calm

Honorable Chimulilenji
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Honorable Chimulilenji

Chataika you seem not to belong to this country! Your conginitive rigour is atheoretical

FRED LOCK
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kaphale yu must be stupid are yu areal lawyer, what were nogociations for, if yu think kaphale and your fellow stupid dpp cardets yu can stop these demos this time around kenako kaphale tipanga za iwe, yu and your fellow stupid dpp, kaphwale stop your foolish plans. YU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW.

Bobly
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Bobly

Uli ndi amai koma?