Police in Karonga have arrested four people for allegedly mobilizing citizens to take part in anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations on Wednesday despite Malawi Supreme Court order to have the protests suspended in the next 14 days.
According Karonga Police spokesperson, Enock Livason, the four suspects were spotted by Malawi Defence Soldiers at Karonga roundabout, mobilizing people to take part in the legally suspended demonstrations.
The four will appear in court to answer charges of contempt of court and spreading false news.
The HRDC under the leadership of Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence announced the postponement of the demonstrations scheduled for 28th-30th August 2019 due to the Supreme Court of Appeal order which had put a 14-day prohibition to the coalition from proceeding with the planned demonstrations.
According to the country’s highest court, the suspension is aimed at giving space for the HRDC, the Malawi Police Service and local government assemblies to discuss and agree on security modalities so as to prevent property damage and personal injuries in subsequent protests.
On Tuesday, the Malawi Government also issued a statement stopping the HRDC from holding the demonstrations in the country.
The HRDC has been holding protests in a bid to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 elections.
Peter Mutharika emerged victorious in the disputed elections.