Borders, Airports demos on from August 26-30

Mtambo

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has announced it will hold demonstrations in all entry and exit points of Malawi from the 26th of August to the 30th to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson to resign.

HRDC said they have arrived at the decision because they feel they are being taken for granted by Ansah since she has not heeded calls to step down despite the numerous interventions, demonstrations and dialogue by various entities.

The Coalition made their position known on Tuesday after they held strategising meetings on how they will go about it.

The closure of the entry points will include airports. The Human Rights body says it will write airlines to notify them of the impending demonstrations.

National chairperson Timothy Mtambo during a press briefing on Tuesday morning said they are advising the business community to make adjustments ahead of the shutdown.

Mtambo further said they will hold a 2-million-person march on 6th of September if Ansah does not comply.

He also said they are appalled by President Peter Mutharika’s failure to do anything on the ongoing political crisis saying he is just sitting on the sidelines.

The chairperson said they have been pushed to resort to such measures acknowledging this could have ripple effects on the country in terms of economic and diplomatic constrains.

Billions have already been lost during demonstrations through looting and damaging of government and private property.

Closure of the borders will result in more billions being lost and disruption of life for Malawians.