7 December, 2022

Mzuzu CSO gives Chakwera 3 days to step down

President Lazarus Chakwera continues to face pleas for him to resign as a new rights group gives him 3 days to leave office or call for a referendum.

This comes barely weeks after a similar demand was made during a series of demonstrations in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba championed by the Action Against Impunity.

It also comes at a time the Chakwera administration is facing a 21-day ultimatum to act on the country’s socio-economic challenges from the Human Rights Defenders Coalition-HRDC or face massive protests.

The new grouping under the banner National Congress Movement plans to hold protests for three days in Mzuzu.

Members presented their petition on Tuesday, and are expected to receive a response to their request before ending their demonstrations.

However, the District Commissioner’s office and the police are opposing to the group’s initial plan to hold demonstrations for three days, as they believe the days are too excessive.

In a letter granting permission to hold protests, the M’mbelwa District Commissioner’s office has given the group permission to proceed with demonstrations this morning until two o’clock in the afternoon.

But speaking to journalists after delivering the petition, the group’s Chairperson in the northern region Gomezgani Nkhoma insisted that they will still push for authorities to grant them permission to hold protests as initially planned.

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