The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says during this week’s anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations it will push for the prosecution of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters who assaulted protesters last week, despite police intimidation and harassment.
This week’s anti-Jane Ansah will be held from Tuesday up to Friday.
HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said they will continue with the peaceful demonstrations until Jane Ansah has quit her position.
“We will not stop these demonstrations, we will not be intimidated to surrender, we will not be shaken up,” said Mtambo.
Mtambo was speaking on Tuesday at the end of the first day of the demonstrations at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.
HRDC Vice Chairperson Gift Trapence said they will also push for the prosecution of people who assaulted HRDC member Billy Mayaya and officers who fired teargas inside Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) which resulted to death of a child.
“We are therefore calling on all Malawians to come and demonstrate against these bad deeds from Tuesday to Friday. We are not afraid of any threats people have been saying openly that they are going to kill HRDC members more especially our chairperson Mr Mtambo,” he explained.
The grouping has therefore asked people in the country to be peaceful during the demonstrations.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.