By Malawi Freedom Network
Soldiers In All Major Cities Though No Demos By Way Of Court Injunction
The presence of Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers was noticed on the morning of Wednesday in the major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu even though the Supreme Court of Appeal has earlier granted an injunction to Malawi’s Attorney General (AG) restraining the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from organizing demonstrations for a fortnight.
Early enough at around 7 O’clock in the morning, soldiers were spotted in their military trucks moving around the roads and streets of the capital Lilongwe while others remained on guard at strategic points like Area 18 roundabout.
In the same style, soldiers in Blantyre were spotted in their trucks parked near Chichiri roundabout close to the Upper Stadium, which is the usual starting point for demonstrators.
In Mzuzu, security was tightened by the break of day as soldiers army trucks were seen moving up and down the street roads of the smallish city.
Following the court injunction, HRDC leader, Timothy Mtambo has told the media that his organisation will respect the court’s decision on temporarily stopping to organise demos for prescribed period.
Mtambo also expressed willingness to engage into talks with government through the AG on how the future demonstrations should be conducted, as has been ordered by Malawi’s Upper Court.
Both lawyers representing the two sides in the matter, Neverson Chisiza for the AG and Khwima Mchisi for HRDC, have shown commitment to meet for talks and have therefore suggested Friday this week as the appropriate day to sit for discussions.