The Attorney General (AG) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) are this week expected to report to court on the outcome of their talks over protests meant to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign.
The Supreme Court of AppealÂ stopped HRDC leadership from organizing demonstrations for 14 days, ordering the coalition and the AGâs office to hold talks to ensure security of property and lives during protests.
After the expiry of the 14-day moratorium on demonstrations, HRDCÂ Chairperson Timothy Mtambo announced new dates for the Anti-Ansah demonstrations during a press briefingÂ in Lilongwe.
However, AG Kalekeni Kaphale said the parties would be seeking further direction on the matter.
âNot all the points were agreed upon [during talks between the AGâs office and HRDC]. We are approaching [the] court this week together with HRDC for further directions,â he said.
But HRDC lawyer Khwima Mchizi said they would not be seeking any directions from the court, saying the meeting is for them to report on the negotiations they have been holding.
âWe are not seeking any directions. It is a matter of procedure that, after the negotiations, we report to the court what transpired [during our meeting with the AGâs team]. The court might make some comments, yes, but that will be it,â he said.
Mchizi further said HRDC was at liberty to call for fresh protests, saying the 14-day moratorium expired.
HRDC has been organizing nationwide demonstrations aimed at forcing Ansah to step down, saying the commission mismanaged the May 21 tripartite elections.
Mtambo said the demonstrations were on this Wednesday.