By Malawi Freedom Network
HRDC Presses For Change Of Venue Before Walking Out Of Room In Protest For Denying The Media Access
The earlier planned venue of the BICC in Lilongwe, which was supposed to be the place for talks between Attorney General (AG) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has changed after the human rights body expressed their uncomfortability about the place.
Upon arrival at the BICC, police security officers told journalists that the venue has changed and that, instead, the HRDC had opted for Crossroads Hotel.
By the time we published the story, both the HRDC and AG’s representatives had arrived at Cross Roads Hotel.
However, the AG Kalekeni Kaphale has directed that the meeting be without the presence of the media.
In reaction, the HRDC representatives have since walked out of the room as they are demanding that the media should be present in full length of the talks.
The Supreme Court in Blantyre had on Tuesday night ordered that the two sides must come at a round table to discuss on how the demonstrations should be conducted.
The order was carried in the injunction which the court had granted to the Attorney General.
The injunction also barred the HRDC not to organise any demonstrations for 14 days in order to create space for the talks.