Muluzi-initiated peace talks make progress on ‘civil solution’ to protests

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) on Tuesday has been  meeting former president Bakili Muluzi to find a lasting solution to the post-election tension  ovee the anti-Jane Ansah protests which have at times turned violent.

Former president Muluzi meeting HRDC leadership meeting today to find “a civil solution” to protests.
Former president Muluzi for a civil solution
HRDC, the human rights watchdog , give dialogue a chance

HRDC team led by Timothy Mtambo had travelled from Lilongwe to  BCA Residence  a private posh retirement home of the former president in Blantyre at the start of the talks.

Muluzi, who served as the country’s first multiparty president from 1994 to 2004, said he was concerned with HRDC’s calls for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah for allegedly presiding over a flawed electoral process in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections and subsequent calls for continued nationwide demonstrations to push the cause.

The HRDC had earlier called for the presence of the embattled MEC chairperson Ansah as a condition for the peace talks to take place.

Political analyst Mustafa Hussein welcomed the peace talks.

“This is a very good development. Let us give peace a chance. It is always good to resolve matters amicably,” he said.

He commended the former president Muluzi for coming up with the dialogue initiative.

However, some Malawians taking up on various social media platforms said Muluzi was not a neutral figure to chair such a dialogue, saying he is leans towards Mutharika and his administration.

Commenting on the same, governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that HRDC should tread with caution on dialogue with Muluzi.

“While former Heads of States have a vital role to play  in conflict resolution, I am of the view that Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda may not have a strong political moral ground to intervene in the current post-election political crisis. This is largely due to their recent close association with DPP and MCP respectively.

“For example, it doesn’t require anyone to be a political scientist to gauge how Bakili Muluzi has in recent years been closely associated with the DPP government and has often made open public pronouncements in defence of Mutharika while indirectly condemning the Opposition. Muluzi can hence not have a strong moral ground to intervene on the matter in the best interest of all parties involved as he is likely to serve DPP interests possibly because of his vested interests relating to his outstanding corruption case,” said Munthali.

The governance commentator  said while he appreciates the important role B Muluzi as a former head of State has played in intervening on some previous conflicts,  he is  of the view that he lacks authority and political moral ground to intervene in the current political crisis.

“ A good example of why I think Muluzi might be part of the DPP strategy in the current crisis is his very choice of the date when he wants to engage HRDC. It’s clear that Muluzi deliberately chose Tuesday so that he forces HRDC to cancel demos. This is what DPP wanted. If Muluzi was sincere certainly he would have chosen dates that are outside demonstration days. Otherwise, I remain skeptical of Muluzi’s intervention in this.”

But Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, in an editorial comment commended HRDC leadership for warmly  welcoming the initiatives to discuss the grievances through dialogue.

The paper says it  prays that the dialogue path will succeed and that sanity will be restored at the end of the day.

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yembe
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yembe

Muluzi Is Not Biger Than Malawi Leave Them Do Demo Trapez & Timothy Are Stand For Malawian Pple We Say No Tipex On Oure Vete!!

yembe
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yembe

Muluzi Is Not Biger Than Malawi Let Them Do Demo Timothy & Gift Are Stand Malawian Pple, We Say No Tipex On Our Vote!!!

Bwandilo
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Bwandilo

Demanding that Ansah resigns before the electoral issue is resolved by the court is not only unfair but very sexist and unfortunate. Mtambo and group should be ashamed of themselves for using mob justice to bully someone like that when some of them have fraud cases to answer too. MEC just showed images of forms that were tippexed even in areas where Chakwera won indicating MEC as an organization had nothing to do with the tippex. Mtambo and group should let justice take its course rather than hijacking the legal process. They have no mandate or authority rather than manipulating… Read more »

Kapado Chimulirenji
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The headline of the story is wrong. No progress has been made as far as I am concerned. If the protesters have refused to stop demos do you call that progress? The meeting was not initiated by Muluzi, but Nankhumwa. People must get facts right. Muluzi has been approached by DPP after Nankhumwa raised the matter during a political rally at Nyambadwe ground in Ndirande. Muluzi has quickly seized the opportunity he has long been waiting for so that his corruption case stalls and perhaps he negotiate with Government to have his son, Atupele who is now jobless offered a… Read more »

penjani
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you are right kapado and if muluzi continue talking about that we will demonstrate against him till he put our tax on the table. mr muluzi watchout .you may be given a day for the people of malawi to demonstrate,

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Mwachita bwino a HRDC mumatiyimilira.Ngati akufuna bwanji osakambilana ndi Jean Ansah kuti atule pansi udindo?.Zionesero zipitilire guys.

zenizeni
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zenizeni

Kodi a HRD ndi ife anthu tokumatchira chani?,mesa kuti jean ansa atule udindo nanga Muluzi chikumukhuza chani.ali ndi ma interest ake ngati uladi.A DPP ndi Muluzi akungofuna zawo ziyende(milandu yawo ikwirilike) .Plz HRD osawavera amenewa akufuna kuchedwetsa chilungamo basi.Ife tikufuna chilungamo kaya atipha atiphe basi woyipa amatero thawizonse.Tiwafinyebe ife amalawi awa ndi anthu owerengeka asatiputsitse.Matching go konko……

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Good 👍

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

AND B MULUZI’S PLEA TO BE GIVEN 7 X DAYS TO ENGAGE THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY EXPLAINS IT ALL!!

ZINGALUME
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ZINGALUME

Zakanika zimenezo

Chittanooga
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Chittanooga

You HRDC guys, during such discussions dare not to sip or quaff anything. It could be “unsuitable’ for your health.

Tippex is king
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In praise of tippex. Some people still accept that brown sugar is better than white sugar. Peace and conflict are sides of the same coin. One of us will make more money at the end of this charade.