By: Vincent Gunde
The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has thanked Malawians for coming out in large numbers to March peacefully in the June 20 demonstrations which were the biggest in the history of Malawi.
The vote of thanks has been expressed in a press release dated 21st June, 2019 signed by its two vocal National Chairpersons, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence.
The Coalition also thank the demonstrators for participating peacefully against Mec Chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah, and all those who presided over the most fraudulent elections in Malawi’s history.
It is assuring religious and political leaders who participated and encouraged their followers to participate that they are going to walk together until justice prevails in demanding electoral justice and accountability.
However, the HRDC has noted with grave concern sporadic acts of violence and vandalism that occurred especially after the demonstrations in some cities.
It is further condemning these barbaric actions saying the actions are not only shocking and deplorable but are also contrary to the spirit and of these peaceful demonstrations.
The HRDC commends the few police officers for exercising the level of professionalism that Malawians expect of them.
It condemns the behavior of the Blantyre City Council Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Chanza who initially denied HRDC permission to hold the demos, arguing that all roads had been booked by the governing DPP for their victory celebrations.
The HRDC is finally appealing to all Malawians to remain peaceful during this difficult time for courts to do their part, and citizens doing their part to ensure that Justice flows like a river.