The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has thanked Malawians for coming out in large numbers to march peacefully in the June 20 demonstrations.
The vote of thanks has been expressed in a press release dated 21st June, 2019 signed by its two vocal National Chairpersons, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence.
The Coalition has thanked the demonstrators for participating peacefully against Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah, and all those who presided over the May 21 elections.
It has assured religious and political leaders who participated and encouraged their followers to participate that they are going to walk together until justice prevails in demanding electoral justice and accountability.
However, the HRDC condemned acts of violence and vandalism that occurred especially after the demonstrations in some cities.
“The actions are not only shocking and deplorable but are also contrary to the spirit and of these peaceful demonstrations,” the HRDC said.
It also condemned the behaviour of the Blantyre City Council Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Chanza who initially denied HRDC permission to hold the demos, arguing that all roads had been booked by the governing DPP for their victory celebrations.
It then commended some police officers for exercising the level of professionalism that Malawians expect of them.
The HRDC appealed to all Malawians to remain peaceful as the Malawi election case is in court to ensure that Justice flows like a river.
Story by Vincent Gunde