HRDC to hold demos at Mount Soche

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says protesters will march to Mount Soche Hotel on Wednesday to demand Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign.

Police officers manning the gates at Mount Soche Hotel

Ansah who attended a meeting of the Electoral Commissions Forum for SADC Countries (ECF-SADC) at the hotel today has for the past three months defied calls to step down.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe today, HRDC member Billy Mayaya said they have already sent a letter of notification to the district council and Police in Blantyre for the demonstrations which will be held from Wednesday to Friday.

Mayaya added that ECF-SADC has challenged Malawians by recognizing Ansah as its president despite some Malawians rejecting her due to irregularities in the May 21 elections.

“We are therefore calling on Malawians of goodwill to join and demand the electoral justice, we are saying that protestors will not leave Mount Soche premises until MEC chair resigns,” he explained.

HRDC has been organising nationwide demonstrations demanding Ansah’s resignation.

The organisation as well as the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM accuse Ansah and MEC of failing to deliver credible presidential elections in May.

The last demonstrations which were conducted in Mzuzu, Lilongwe, and Blantyre among other districts ended in violence as some journalists were harassed by protesters.

Meanwhile, at the Hotel where the ECF-SAD conference is taking place, there is heavy security with police officers deployed at the gates.




  1. MDF and PMF please take live bullets to anyone coming there to disturb the meeting. This groups leadership in playing a dirty game taking thereselves as un touchable. Don’t just watch them fulfilling there Wright’s we are tired of these demonstrations now. Take serious action on them

  2. Thanx for the first time using the word “some” at first u were just saying Malawians are rejecting, as if all Malawians are MCP/UTM. Much obliged my lady (Martha Chikoti)

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