A group known as Karonga Peace Forum (KPF) has urged the anti-Jane Ansah protests organisers to sensitise their supporters to desist from destroying and looting property during demonstrations.
The group’s chairperson Tionge Chile said this on Monday during a press briefing in Karonga ahead of the planned nationwide vigils at airports and borders from August 26 to 30.
“We ask all stakeholders to join hands and advise the public to refrain from violent demonstrations. If possible, let us go for contact and dialogue in pursuing electoral justice.
“This will help us avoid looting and destruction of in Karonga,” he said.
Karonga Youth for Development and Peace (KYDP) deputy director Thokozire Nyirenda urged the youth not to be used by people to destroy public facilities during demonstrations.
“As youths, let us refrain from destroying both public and private property during protests. This will affect our future as the malpractice retards development,” he said.
In an interview, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson for Karonga, Walusako Munde said his organisation is collaborating with the district’s security agents to provide maximum security to demonstrators and those who will be holding a vigil at Songwe Border.
For months, HRDC has been leading in organising peaceful demonstrations to force the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.