Sun. Sep 15th, 2019

HRDC quashes Mutharika’s order to MDF and the Police to stop the border shutdown

By Brian Kanyenda

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition – HRDC, the organizers of airports and all district boarder shutdown demonstrations and vigils slated for next week 26 to 30 August, have quashed president Peter Mutharika’s order demanding the Malawi Defense Force and Malawi Police Service stop the demos.
Mutharika who is also commander in chief has commanded the two security forces to quell off the planned demonstrations that are intended to force the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah.
The president said this in Mangochi when he was commissioning MDF six warships on Wednesday, where he said that he is using what he described necessary powers.
Mutharika further said the opposition political parties including Malawi Congress Party and United Transformation Movement are using HRDC to achieve their goal to topple his government.
Meanwhile, Sembereka has said that the directive from the President will not stop them to continue with their planned demonstrations saying the grouping will not relent forcing Ansah to resign.
“No one is above the law, what Mutharika is saying as the same as declaring Malawi as is in the state of emergency. We’re not stopping the demos, still we’re engaging another gear,” said Sembereka.
Sembereka added “if Mutharika is declaring the state of emergency has to follow proper procedures, than what he has done.”
Commenting on the remarks some political analysts have described Mutharika’s sentiments as unnecessary as this will continue causing havoc in the country, amid prolonged political bickering.

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