The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) opposition group has called for countrywide demonstrations from Wednesday, September 18, through Friday, September 20. Demonstrations are expected to begin at 08:00 (local time) in several locations. In Lilongwe, participants plan to gather at Community Ground and then march to Capital Hill via Parliament. Protesters in Blantyre are expected to meet at upper stadium, then march to Chileka roundabout via Makata Road, before returning to upper stadium. Marches are also expected to take place in Rumphi, Mzuzu, Zomba, Karonga, Dedza, Mchinji, Kasungu, Balaka, Mangochi, and Salima.
A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions are expected along all march routes. Violence has broken out at previous HRDC demonstrations and clashes between rival political supporter and security forces are possible.
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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