Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has postponed today’s demonstrations which were staged to demand the release of three Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders.
In a press statement signed by MCP publicity Secretary Reverend Maurice Munthali yesterday, the decision has arrived after the party was informed that the court is due to deliver its decision on whether to grant the three activists bail today.
“The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) wishes to inform all peace-loving and law abiding Malawians and the general public that its planned demonstrations for tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, 2020 to demand the release of the leaders of Human Rights Defenders Coalition has been postponed. This is because we have been reliably informed that the court is due to deliver its decision on whether to grant the three activists bail tomorrow,” reads the statement.
The statement continued to say that they do no want to put the judiciary under pressure and also it is a sign of respect for and confidence in the judiciary.
“Therefore, out of respect for and confidence in the Judiciary as a just arbiter of such disputes, we have elected to ensure that the court is able to deliberate and deliver its decision without the cloud of demonstrations seemingly putting pressure on its bench.”
Munthali has asked the public to stay observant and alert for fresh demonstrations in case the court gives its ruling the over way round.
“We ask all Malawians to remain vigilant and alert in case making a fresh call for demonstrations becomes necessary after the court session tomorrow,”
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