The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has joined other Non Governmental Organisations, opposition political parties and other Civil Society Organisations in calling for national wide demonstrations on fuel and forex shortage, bad governance and human rights abuses in Malawi. I publish the public statement they have released regarding the planning of the demonstrations. Read it below:
This is to inform all Malawians that Concerned Malawians and various stakeholders have organised peaceful demonstrations to take place on 20th July 2011 in all the regions of the country.
The peaceful demonstrations have been organized as part of our constitutional right to express alarm regarding the current economic and democratic crises facing Malawi, with the aim of calling for an end to the current poor economic and democratic governance being advanced by the current administration.
These demonstrations are the first phase towards the grand mass demonstrations set for 17th August 2011 national wide.
The Theme of the Demonstrations is: Uniting For Peaceful Resistance Against Bad Economic and Democratic Governance – “A Better Malawi Is Possible”
Outline of the Demonstrations is as Follows:-
Starting point: - Blantyre District Office through Kamuzu Highway to Kamuzu Stadium to Civic Offices
We are calling all Malawians from Ndirande, Chilomoni, Chilobwe, Bangwe, Zingwangwa, Machinjiri, Mbayani, Chileka, Ludzu and all areas to join the demonstration on 20th July.
Starting Point: - From Community Centre Ground through Old Town then Kasungu Highway then to City Centre.
We are calling all Malawians from Area 25, Kawale, Biwi, Mchesi, Chitsapo, Area 23, 33, 49, 39, Bunda, Likuni,Mugona and all areas to join the demonstration on 20thJuly.
Starting Point: - From Katoto Ground through Town to City Assembly Office.
We are also calling on all Malawians from Zolo Zolo, Katawa, Chiwanja, Mzilawayingwe, Chasefu ndi all Areas to join the demonstration on 20th July.
Colour: - We are appealing to all Malawians to put on anything RED on 20th July wherever they are.
If you can't join and you're a Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director , in the Police, Army, and a Civil Servant please release your house servant/gardener on that day.
Note: This is a peaceful demonstration and we would appeal to all Malawians to be DISCIPLINED during the demonstrations. Lets us show the authorities that much as they are oppressing us we are peaceful and constructive Citizens.
This is your chance to make the difference by being heard and be counted on 20thJuly. COME ONE COME ALL!