According to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), President Peter Mutharika will hold a rally in the Mgona area (Area 25) of the capital Lilongwe on Sunday, September 15; the time for the rally was not immediately reported. Additional rallies are to be expected across the country in the coming weeks, although no specific dates and locations have been released as of Wednesday, September 11.
A heightened security presence along with associated transportation disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites. Counterprotests are possible; clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
The rally will be Mutharika's first in the capital since the disputed general elections in May 2019.
General elections were held peacefully throughout Malawi on May 21. However, election-related demonstrations organized by opposition supporters have been held since May 26 after voting irregularities were reported. Demonstrators have been calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, accusing her of mishandling the presidential elections amid growing discontent with President Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
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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