Rights lawyer challenges Malawi police IG on demos ‘ban’

A human rights lawyer has challenged Inspector General of police Rodney Jose over his decision to ban demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commision (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign, saying he has been wrongly advised.

Sibande: IG ill advised 

Writing on his face book wall, Chrispine Sibande says Jose has been advised wrongly to give directions on future demonstrations or demand wholesomely anything to do with demonstrations in Malawi.

“Issues of demonstrations fall exclusively in the hands of the district commissioner. It is the DC who is given powers to consult officer-in-charge of police of a particular locality on matters of security where a particular demonstration is taking place based on written notice,” says Sibande.

He says even on the day of demonstrations, the law recognizes a police officer in the locality at the rank of inspector and above to advise convenors on matters of security.

“Blanket statements on demonstrations fall outside laws of Malawi. The IG has been ill advised,” says Sibande.

Governance and political analyst a Henry Chingaipe faulted the authorites for “focusing on finding ways to curtail the demonstrations in one way or the other without addressing the issues that protesters have raised and for which they have taken to the streets.”

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), organisers of the demonstrations, have since snubbed Jose on his decision to stop the protests.

Analysts have, however, said the stalemate requires political solution and not “ force” as mulled by the State.

HRDC is organising the nationwide protest to force Ansah, a judge at the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, to step down for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

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Iantana
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Iantana

Nkhani izi sindipanga nawo comment ine… komabe the issue is those demostrating their issue has not been solved or heard kapena kuti taken seriously

Hora
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Hora

The inspector General is ignorant of the importance of using the individual humane thinking when though you are employed your conscious is equally important. Peace of mind with your self is extremely important your family’s peace is more important,when the majority of people are calling for your resignation your family also suffers in their hearts you may not see it if you’re blinded by personal wishes. Resignation will give you better peace than the money you are hunting.

bwabwalala
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bwabwalala

There is no turning back on demos whether you like it or not till change comes to my beloved country after being hijacked by the DPP UFOs. My country men more fire and no relenting this time around. Enough is enough and we have been taken for granted for too long.

One Samaritan
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Very interesting to learn from the Book about the Samaritan in Luke 10 verses 31- 37. I cannot comment on this. But today, the criminals are the best philanthropists. Just go around with your eyes open, and your ears alert! There are one too many good Samaritans!

joseph Banda
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joseph Banda

IF ITS YOUR RIGHT KUTUKWANA FINE, ine sindinabadwile banja lotelo ai. Just educate me that the people whose properties have destroyed do not have RIGHTS. Only the Destroyers have the RIGHTS? Tell me in God’s name.

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

tell Jane Ansah to resign

Risible
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Thanks to you all for your comments. Let us now relax over a cup of Banja tea. Good day.

MA D7 MA D6
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Ansah gertrude the devil jezebels backed by LUCIFERs Everton peter in control —–Nobody can touch them — but !there’s always 40th day like what happened to lucifer in heaven !!

joseph Banda
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joseph Banda

Bwana Sibande have you ever heard a term Substance over Form? Or have you read the Bible Luke 10: verses 25-37. (from the look of things you have not read it as you were defending Mathanyula). Simple in this Bible Chapter and verses, The Law Expert is trying to test Jesus especially Verses 31-37: The Good Samaritan. Understand it. The I.G. is simply saying you demonstrators you have stepped very seriously over the rights of others. Stop the demonstrations. This is wrong? Before you open your mouth, go and make research to ordinary Malawians if what the I.G has done… Read more »

DRAKE
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DRAKE

In Malawi we have many compromised and partisan Lawyers and one of them is this one fueling and supporting Anarchy, Tribalism and Destruction. In an event a Civil War Breaks Lawyers become useless because there is always no Laws amidst confusion. Dont use your education to bring civil war in the country

Anti-Demos Vigilante
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Anti-Demos Vigilante

I agree with you comrade. If your security guard tells you he can no longer cope with the spate of robberies in the area and theft attempts on your property do you force him to stay just because that’s his job? NO! If you have monies you employ additional guards but if you don’t you engage neighbours and the police to form neighborhood watch vigilantes to stop the thieves roam the streets freely at night. This is what the police has done honestly admitting they have failed to peacefully contain your violent demos and even the MDF has also admitted… Read more »

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

These are false analogies that show which side you are supporting, they are not neutral, don’t hide behind civil war. Chilungamo ndichofunika don’t intimidated people by mentioning war. Don’t you think things can be sorted out if somebody can do the needful by sorting of the issue at hand. Most people want to deal with symptoms not the cause, which is not the right thing to do. if people want peace, let those who have authority do the right thing first.

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Amalawi ali ndi ufulu opanga zionetsero, nawo apolisi ali ndi udindo othana ndi wina aliyense woononga zinthu kapena kuphwanya ufulu wa anthu ena.Koma ngati apolisi akulephela kupeleka chitetezo ndiye kuti vuto ndi apolisi osati HRDC.Makomenti anuwa muzilemba mutaganiza kaye, osati kungokhuta nsima basi kuyamba kulemba ‘broken english, yanuyo mopanda nzeru abongololo inu.Dzikolitu paja silamutharika mwandimva makoswe a DPP inu??….fuck!!..

Pwiya
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Pwiya

Thus talking! Issues at hand must be dealt with before you intimidate peope with civil way. If you cannot fix the issues then civil wall will come and our selfish leaders are solely responsible. Osaopsyeza anthu.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

I agree with you that you are stupid, you want him to say what you are thinking? The I G doesn’t have power to stop people to exercise their rights, you idiot. What he was supposed to do is to deploy more officers to protect and or guide the demostrotors, what the I G has done is pure taking Malawians ngati ndi ana anu, this time Malawi is coming to change and we are doing it as we did 1993. Foolish cabbage!

Lego
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I feel sorry to have such kind of people like you Joseph who can still support this kind of madness elections.To have you in this country i don’t think if we can move forward.I don’t know maybe its your educational background

Malemia
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Malemia

Matako ako iwe Joseph khala chete. Ngati umatambira limodzi ndi Ansahyi ife zisatikhuze. Fotseki!

Ambuje Kukaya
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Ambuje Kukaya

Seriously, let us not run away from Sibande’s argument by quoting the Bible. HRDC gets it’s permission from local councils and not the police officers let alone the Inspector General. Whenever, the local council declines to give permission, then the CSO goes to the courts. As Sibande is enlighting; us the police or the IG’s office only provides security to demonstrators.

Therefore, without taking sides if he has no mandate on providing approval for demonstrations to take place or not he has no grounds to ban demos as well. That’s the fact.

wawathu
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wawathu

Joseph Banda. I totally disagree with your views. You have deliberately ignored the main problems here. And that is rigged elections and mismanagement of elections. Simple. You don’t paper over the cracks with tippex. You solve the root cause of the cracks… People will slow down if Ansah go resigns gracefully. History has it that you cannot silence angry people with force; you will end up falling yourself. Examples are many. Look at Egypt, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Hong-Kong, Libya, Sudan, Algeria etc… Too many examples. You DPP people are having sleepless nights. You miscalculated the after-effects of a… Read more »

TOSH
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WEL DONE SIBANDE , jose was advise by whom we call pulofesa idont whether pitala did law bkoz what he instructed jose was quite contrally

Jah Soldjah
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Jah Soldjah

LAW YAKU THAKO? STUPID Destructive Peoples Party!

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Eee kwa amako.kkkkk!!!!😂😂😂😂