The Human Rights Defense Coalition (HRDC) announced on Tuesday, August 27, that protests planned in Blantyre, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu from Wednesday, August 28, through Friday, August 30, have been postponed. HRDC leaders suspended the protests after the Supreme Court of Appeal issued a 14-day moratorium on all demonstrations planned by the group. The temporarily ban on the protests is to allow the HRDC, Malawi Police Service, and government officials to discuss security measures during future demonstrations. While HRDC leaders said they would follow the ruling and meet with the Attorney General as directed, further demonstrations will be announced following the 14-day ban.
Election-related demonstrations organized by opposition supporters have been held since May 26, after voting irregularities were reported during the May 21 general elections. Demonstrators have been calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, accusing her of mishandling the presidential elections. While HRDC maintains its demands for Ansah's resignation, there is growing discontent among protesters with President Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a whole.
Individuals in Malawi are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and public gatherings, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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