Police quell sporadic protests over rights activists arrest

Malawi Police in Lilongwe have moved in swiftly to quell sporadic protests against the arrests of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) officials.

Three human rights activists in Malawi have been arrested for organising anti-government protests, some of which turned violent

The protesters blocked the Old Town/Likuni road at a bus depot known as pa labour and pelted vehicles with stones.

Several vehicles were damaged in the fracas before the police came in to disperse the rioters and cleared the area.

Police are keeping the HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo at Lilongwe police station, just metres away from the violence hotspot.

Other HRDC officials Gift Trapence and MacDonald Sembereka are kept in separate police stations within Lilongwe having arrived from Blantyre on Monday.

Lawyer for the HRDC officials, Khwima Chizi said the rights activists will appear in court Wednesday  afternoon to take plea and apply for bail.

Police have arrested the rights activists after they were mobilizing people to shut down state residences to force President Peter Mutharika to fire Malawi Electoral Commission commissioners following recommendations from the Constitutional Court and the parliamentary Public Appointments Committee that they were incompetent.

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POLITICALr RPROPER GANDA
POLITICALr RPROPER GANDA
6 months ago

Sindinaoneko HRDC ikutsatidwa ndi anthu olongosoka.Masapota amenewa amafunitsitsa zotelezi zizichitikachitika ndicholinga aziabela anthu oyesetsa

Lachi40
Lachi40
6 months ago

You missing the point, mtambo is not the problem , the problem is the president of this country. Why us failing to act according to constitutions? Why is he failing to act on electoral reforms as passed by parliament. Why us he failing to fire MEC when they were found by court that they messed up elections? Whatever he do, his time is up, no matter how he delays.

Mina
Mina
6 months ago

Peter Mutharika and Jane Ansah mec the route cause of chaos in Malawi.

Phwisa
Phwisa
6 months ago

Gentlemen, we are tired of these Mtambos. Malawians have lost their properties, their vehicles smashed. You mean the whole police fear him.

mfumujay
mfumujay
6 months ago

Destruction of property uncalled for!

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