Written By Dean chisambo
Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says its planned demonstrations which brought 1 million people in the cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu respectively to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Dr Jane Ansah to resign due to mismanagement of 21 may tripartite election was successful.
Human Rights Defenders Coalition chairman Timothy Mtambo said the demonstrations were successful as people came in large numbers to exercise their rights.
Mtambo has urged Muntharika to fire Ansah if she does not resign by end of business today saying Malawians have lost trust in her hence cannot be trusted to manage another election.
Mtambo added that police officers were being used to frustrate the planned national demonstrations through firing of tear gas and live bullets on civilians which fueled anger among the demonstrators leading to looting of shops and offices.
Mtambo confirmed that police used live bullets on two civilians during the demonstrations.
The demonstrators set on fire a police armored vehicle at Lilongwe community center ground where the demonstrations started. They later vandalized Movesa, CFAO offices, First Capital bank at city center and Bingu international conference center (BICC) gate.
Among the people that took part in the Lilongwe demonstrations were former member of parliament for Salima North West, Jessie Kabwila and Malawi Congress Party legislator for Lilongwe city south east constituency Ulemu Msungama.
The Human Rights Defenders Coalition will be holding vigils at parliament as one of its strategies to force MEC chairperson to resign and said there will not be another presentation of the petition saying HRDC have already presented a copy of petition to the president during its past demonstrations.