On HRDC Demos, We Need A Social Contract


In the light of failed negotiations former president Bakili Muluzi had with Human Rights Defenders Coalition, I expect president Peter Mutharika to take a different approach.

I expect President Mutharika to spearhead a social contract with Malawians and HRDC.

In the contract, it should be stipulated categorically that HRDC’s organised electoral demonstrations should continue. The fact that the demonstrations are violent should NOT be of worry and concern to government as it isn’t on the organisers.

The demonstrations should be taking place, be it daily, until the court electoral case is concluded.

And if the court finds Ansah and electoral Commission of wrong doing by a way of spotting evidence of rigging and results manipulation, beyond a shadow of reasonable doubt, as is the traditional legal measure of such cases, government will have to take responsibility of the damages in the riots and pay to the last victim. Ansah and her fellow Commissioners will have to resign on the same hour of the ruling, and HRDC members put in the next commission.

If the learned high court judges sitting in the Constitutional court finds no evidence of rigging and vindicates Jane Ansah, HRDC members will have to pay every one of the victims every penny they demand. I don’t expect even a one tambala from my tax pay on the HRDC’s sanctioned demos. It will be a case of wasted time and wasted resources. The moral question will have to be: “couldn’t you have waited for the court case to judge Jane Ansah.”

Hope when the president and HRDC make this commitment, I will be among the first people to know.

2 Responses to "On HRDC Demos, We Need A Social Contract"

  1. Christopher   July 24, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Demonstrators are not dealing with legal issue as such there is no need to wait for court ruling. This is a moral issue. The case in the court is not about Jane Ansah but irregularilities occured during the previuos elections. The one who wrote the above articles should learn to differentiate between morality and lagality.

    Even if the court ruling can be in favour of MEC and Dpp, the majority of Malawians will continue to demonstrate based on moral issue.

  2. Bigman   July 25, 2019 at 8:22 am

    So, what is moral, legal and ethical in your post? is morality the same as ethics? How do you measure morality if at all they do exist. Act-utilitarianism, for example, seems to be impractical. Since utilitarianism says that acts are morally right if and only if they maximize pleasure or well-being, it seems that leisure activities, such as watching television; violent demonstration, may be morally wrong because they do not maximize well-being. It seems you do not know anything about moral relativism/subjectivism.


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