The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leadership has initiated preparations for what they are calling “5 Million March to State House” protests.
The HRDC has scheduled to conduct the said protests to force President Peter Mutharika to assent to the Electoral Reform Bills passed by Parliament.
iHubOnline understands the grouping has started to make logistical arrangements for the showdown scheduled to target all state residences.
Speaking last week, HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said President Mutharika had 7 days to assent to the Bills so that Malawians to pave way for preparations for the Fresh Presidential Elections as ordered by the Constitutional court after nullifying the 21 May 2019 results.
The Presidential election was annulled on grounds that it was mismanaged and had irregularities.
The Golf shirts are written “Five Million” at the Back, and “March to State House” in front.
According to Mtambo, protesters will demonstrate and hold vigils at State residences until the Malawi leader assents to the bills.
“We know that the law gives the president 21 days to sign the bills. But we believe 7 days is enough since Malawians want the laws operationalised immediately,” he said.
He added that the protesters will also be demanding that all Malawi Electoral Commission(MEC) Commissioners and Chairperson Dr. Jane Ansah should be fired and their replacements identified.
Today marks the 8th day since HRDC gave the President the 7 days ultimatum to assent to the Bills and fire the commissioners.
However, there has been no word yet on the matter from the presidency.
The HRDC has led a wave of protests in the post-election era claiming elections were mismanaged and the electoral justice of Malawians usurped.