As many Malawians continue quashing abduction theories surrounding the disappearance of Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have demanded that Namiwa and the Malawi Police Service should account for the alleged abduction.
The CSOs, trading under the banner of Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), say this is the only way Malawians would know the truth on what happened to Namiwa.
His alleged abduction has been characterized with many theories, with others suggesting that it was staged to avoid risking imprisonment if he participated in the nationwide protest he organized to pressure the government to remove presidential immunity.
Apparently, Namiwa is on court bail whose one of the conditions demands that he should not organize or participate in any demonstration until his matter is concluded.
Some Malawians, through various social media platforms, concluded that the activist was simply trying to avoid colliding with the law, which would put him in instant jail sentence for contempt of court.
HRCC Chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba said now that Namiwa returned safe and sound, law enforcers should take right steps to investigate his claims.
“While previous abductions of Honourable Kunkuyu or that of Hon Kamlepo Kaluwa has not been officially concluded, we would like to plead with the law enforcers to unflinchingly interrogate this matter and ensure that truth for once is known to the public,” said Mkwezalamba.
Added Mkwezalamba: “As HRCC, we demand that both Mr. Namiwa and Malawi Police account for their actions and inactions by addressing Malawians and telling them the truth of what exactly happened.
“Should this not happen within the next 24 hours, we demand the Malawi Police to open charges against Mr. Namiwa for libel and force allegations of abductions which is tantamount to conduct likely to cause breach of peace, lawlessness and anarchy.”