Malawi turns ‘security state’ as soldiers deployed on streets to uphold demo ban

Malawi deployed soldiers on the streets of the capital Lilongwe, commercial city of Blantyre and northern city of Mzuzu on Wednesday after the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal approved a 14-day  moratorium against demonstrations being led by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) who want to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign.

Malawi sends soldiers on to streets to uphold protest ban

HRDC were scheduled to start three-day demonstration on Wednesday but after the court order to suspend the protests, they could not take to the streets.

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers in their armoured vehicles were deployed in the streets and  strategically parked from Area 18 Roundabout, where the Lilongwe demonstrations were supposed to start from. There were also police officers.

At Area 10 junction, there were five armoured vehicles and two military trucks stationed and a number of MDF soldiers.

In Blantyre, there were also heavy police presence on the commercial city’s streets amidst fears that some people could have taken to the streets.

Riot police vehicles were strategically positioned in places such as Kamuzu Upper Stadium while the main gates for Chichiri Shopping Centre were closed although business was in progress inside the perimeter.

Police officers in full combat gear were also seen at Northgate mall opposite the Polytechnic among other places.

In Mzuzu, MDF soldiers were also deployed in the streets to  enforce the suspension of the demonstrations.

In the northern border district of Karonga,   MDF soldiers  disbursed people that gathered at Karonga Round  after a car went around in the  morning mobilising people despite the Supreme Court of Appeal’s order that HRDC should not hold the protests.

The decision by Justice Lovemore Chikopa of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday follows an appeal by Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale against the HRDC after High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda refused to grant the AG an injunction against the protests.

HRDC had sought the court’s relief and applied to start judicial review against Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani’s statement in which he ordered a stop to the protests, further warning that protesters will be met with force in the streets.

In the Civil Cause Number 75 of 2019,  HRDC is the applicant, while Minister of Information, Minister of Homeland Security and Inspector General of Police are first, second and third respondents, respectively.

Justice Charles Mkandawire granted the HRDC an order to start judicial review proceedings and an interlocutory injunction against use of force by law enforcers during demonstrations.

The government defended its position saying that recent protests “had not been peaceful” and had led to “vandalised offices”.

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The Genuine Hon MP - Jenda, Mzimba.
The Genuine Hon MP - Jenda, Mzimba.
1 year ago

Koma Mtambo uyu ndi chitsiru cha munthu! Akutipangisa manyazi anthu a kumpotofe bwanji! Ife timanyadila Professor Authur Mutharika wathu ndipo tikuwafunila zabwino zonse kuti apitilize zitukuko kuno ku Mpoto monga Mzimba Solola Stadium, Mbombera University, Ma Office a kwa DCs, Mnjiri Bridge, mseu wa Jenda Edingeni and many more developments. ‘Bravo Prof Delivery!’ ‘Bravo Mayi wa fuko la Malawi – Mayi olimba mtima – Dr Janeh Ansah!’

Observer Mission
Observer Mission
1 year ago

NORTHERN REGION HIGH COURT JUDGES ARE SO BRAVE BECAUSE THEY READ BOOKS AND NOT SUPREME COURT JUDGES FROM LOMWE BELT GIVING INJUNCTION MID NIGHT

Godfearing Person
Godfearing Person
1 year ago

Chakwela will soon experience heart failure. I understand even the wife is not happy with her husband behavior.His children are so ashamed about their father especially the pastor. They strongly feel their father is out of God’s presence as he used to be.

Sebbi
Sebbi
1 year ago

ONLY PROFESSIONAL JUDGES WHO ARE NOT HUNGRY FOR MONEY WILL DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES ACCORDINGLY THAN THOSE ATTACHED TO Dpp and give FAKE RULING

khumhro
khumhro
1 year ago

COURTS ARE GETTING EXTRA PAY FROM Dpp

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
1 year ago

Kuombera mmanja mfit kumati nzanga kkkkk A Donoro Smbereka ndi a Tarapesi Gifit!!!!!You guys donot know what you are missing!!!Do you know actually who Mtumbuka is????Find out the caliber of this tribe!!You are busy drumming up support for Mtambo to utter rubbish against MEC and the Rulling Party!!!Mtumbuka simwamumva akuti kuMulanje sikungakhachoke mwana wanzeru wokhoza Std 8 exams!!!!Brilliant people are only from the North as per their [email protected]@####!!!!!????If the top most candidate had come from Karonga ,Rumphi then it was fine with them.The issue is that a Lhomwe candidate has made it ,now it is an issue of quarter system… Read more »

Sebbi
Sebbi
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwinithako

NANGA MTAMBO WAKUNAMIZA GALUWE?
KUBA NDI ZIGOLOLO NDIZIMENE MU LOMWE AMATHA KWAMBIRI

Namalila
Namalila
1 year ago

Guys, do I see a bottles of beer in bag of one of the Mitambo’s brother who was on his way for demos?

HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
1 year ago

Ndie yake

Baby SKC
Baby SKC
1 year ago

Hrdc izanva nkhwangwa ili mmutu.

Onjezani
Onjezani
1 year ago

Mtambo should resign for mismanaging demonstrations. Demonstrations have been marred by irregularities.

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