Government says it has decided not to grant permission for demonstrations planned by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from Wednesday, 28th August 2019.
These will be fresh waves of protests by HRDC aimed at forcing the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Jane Ansah to resign over allegations that she mismanaged the presidential election in May.
According to the organizers, the demonstrations will take place in all the country’s 28 districts and will attract two million marchers in the cities.
HRDC opted for the Wednesday’s protests after their planned airport and border shutdown on Monday flopped because Malawi Revenue Authority obtained an injunction and government threatened that it would use force to stop them.
But government has also banned the incoming Wednesday’s protests, warning that it would use force to stop them if they proceed.
In a statement dated 26 August 2018, Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology, Mark Botomani, warns all citizens to ignore any notice of demonstrations and not take part in the same.
He says government has taken this decision considering that all recent demonstrations have turned out to be riotous despite assurances by the organisers that they would be peaceful.