HRDC Attaches Conditions on Meeting with Muluzi
The Human Rights Defenders Coalition says will only meet former head of state Dr. Bakili Muluzi if President Peter Mutharika, Dr. Jane Ansah and PAC officials are present.
The coalition on Monday, rejected to meet Dr. Muluzi on his bid to stop HRDC from causing a border lockdown.
Recently, former President Dr. Bakili Muluzi and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leadership met in Blantyre in an attempt to stop the raging demonstrations. The meeting, however, ended with civil society insisting that protests would end with Ansah out of office.
However, Dr. Muluzi has again invited the leadership to another meeting over the coalition’s plans to hold demonstrations that will see the country’s airports and border posts shut down from 26th to 30th August.
Through an invitation letter we have seen, he says the aim is to find peaceful solutions to the impasse.
Chairperson for the Coalition, Timothy Mtambo, says the Coalition is saddened that the invitation comes when Dr. Muluzi did not give feedback to the leadership on what transpired from a meeting between Dr. Muluzi and President Peter Mutharika.
“It will be difficult for us to have another meeting before we know as to what transpired in the previous meeting with the President. We are shocked that it has taken the former Head of State a long time to come back to us.
“We are forced to think that the former Head of State is coming back to us because of our planned demonstrations at airports and borders. We are ready to dialogue, we believe in dialogue but for us to do so, we want President Mutharika, Dr. Ansah, ourselves and PAC leadership on the table. As HRDC, we will be formally responding to the former president,” said Mtambo.
Meanwhile, the Public Affairs Committee has held dialogue meetings with DPP Leader- President Peter Mutharika, representatives of the Human rights Defenders Coalition, UTM and Malawi Congress Party over the political instability in the country.