By Malawi Freedom Network
Demo Talks In The Barracks: “Its Because Our Trust Is Only In MDF Soldiers,” says HRDC
Talks concerning future demonstrations scheduled for Wednesday between Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and Attorney General (AG) will take place in the army camp of Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe, the HRDC leadership has disclosed.
The development, according to HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo has been initiated on security grounds.
“We as HRDC pressed for such a secured place to hold our talks because our trust is only in MDF soldiers,” said Mtambo and continued: “As you might recall about the security threat we encountered last time when we wanted to hold talks, we therefore have demanded that our talks should be conducted at such a secured place.”
The HRDC leadership had a security threatening situation, when prior to the commencement of the talks at Crossroads Hotel, some unknown man is said to have been seen attempting to plant a grenade-like weapon under the car of HRDC Vice Chairperson, Gift Trapence.
During last week’s meeting, the two parties had agreed to discuss what must be done as well as what must not be done during future demonstrations at the follow Wednesday meeting.
The talks are being carried out in observing the order of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which, in the injunction it granted to the AG, stipulated that the two parties should first meet and discuss, hence gave a period of 14 days during which HRDC should not organise any demonstrations in country.