No State House vigils, HRDC consults

HRDC consults on way forward

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has postponed its planned vigils scheduled to be held at State Houses, due to the threat of the coronavirus to Malawians.

The leadership of the coalition announced this at a media briefing in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo said that they still consulting on the way forward.

HRDC had threatened to hold protests if President Peter Mutharika refused to assent to electoral reform bills and fire Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners.

"We will not be intimidated with the arrests and we will continue fighting for the Malawians," Mtambo said.

Police on March 9, 2020, arrested Gift Trapence and MacDonald Sembereka who were later charged with inciting people to hold demonstrations at state residences.

Malawi was declared to be in a state of national disaster over the coronavirus, despite not registering a case. Consequently, meetings of more than 100 people were banned.