By Suleman Chitera
Karonga demonstrations to start Wednesday
Update: Karonga demonstrations to start tomorrow
Human Rights Defenders – HRDC is expected to hold
three day protests in Karonga district from tomorrow.
The rights activists are demanding that police release a
vehicle and a public address system confiscated during
Anti- Jane Ansah demonstrations months ago.
Besides, the rights defenders are protesting to seek
justice on strict bail conditions of 36 suspects arrested
by police on allegations of assault.
Reports indicate that one of the alleged culprits died in
police custody before the suspects were transferred to
In an intervie with MIJ Online, Chimwemwe Maunde-
General Secretary for HRDC Karonga Chapter
confirmed that the demonstrations are slated for
Wednesday to Friday this week.
‘’ We have now issued notices to the District
Commissioner and the police for the security during the
demonstrations. Malawians need to realise that we
have to exercise our human rights at all times, ’’said
Meanwhile, the grouping has appealed to its followers
to maintain peace and order during the protests.
Previous protests organised by HRDC have been
marred by violence – with protestors looting and coming
head on with the police, despite the grouping
condemning such acts.
Besides, the grouping has urged the police to refrain
from use of teargas and develop better crowd control
mechanisms to ensure peace an order.
Placards carried by demonstrators have usually
demonstrated their fury with the way electoral body –
MEC managed the 21st may election – hence
demanding the resignation of Jane Ansah – MEC
Chairperson who has so far denied to step down until
the matter is concluded in court.