CSOs condemn cowardly petrol bomb attacks: Malawi activist Mtambo latest casualty

Two  civil society organisations under the banner  National Advocacy Platform (NAP)  and  the Joint Civil Society Platform on Good Governance (JCSPG) have  strongly condemned radicals who threw petrol bombs at human rights activist Timothy  Mtambo’s in the early morning of Thursday August  15 2019.

Benedict Kondowe: Signs of regime terrorism

Mtambo is both the chairperson of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and executive director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR).  He has been playing steady leadership to the ongoing demonstrations against the purported rigged elections.

HRDChas been spearheading nationwide demonstrations aimed at forcing the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

“We are aware that the plans to attack him and other HRDs have been rife for some time,” said NAP chairperson Beneditco Kondowe, in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

He said the National Advocacy Platform  regards the attack as “acts of cowardice”  by those who do not believe in dissent and democracy.

“These brutal attacks against Human Rights Defenders are reminiscent of dictatorial regimes and therefore, outlandish to democracy. Malawi as a party to the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders is under obligation to ensure the freedom of human rights defenders to act without interference, intimidation, abuse, threat, violence, reprisal or undue restriction.

“We therefore reiterate our belief and conviction that there can be no realisation of human rights without human rights defenders whose sacrifice and courageous voices contribute to peace, security, justice, rule of law and sustainable development,” Kondowe said in the statement.

NAP  further declared that  it  will hold government to account should anything happen to Mtambo  or any other human rights defender.

“This is the case because the State under our Constitution and international law has the obligation to safeguard the right to life of everyone including human rights defenders. More regrettably, these attacks have been wide spread in recent times.”

NAP pointed out that amidst post-election protests, incidences of violence are on the increase as thugs are taking advantage to damage property and attack innocent people.

“ We have seen the bombing of offices, torching of houses and yet the country’s top leadership seem to be indifferent. We therefore call upon the Head of the State and Presidents of political parties to commit to dialogue in ending the current impasse,” reads the statement.

It said considering that these attacks on Mtambo follow the “well calculated to purpose anti-HRDC campaign,” the Police and security services should  investigate, apprehend and prosecute those behind the attack.

“ We also appeal to the Malawi Human Rights Commission to independently investigate such attacks as they erode the gains we have made in human rights promotion and protection in this country,” said the statement.

And on their part  the Joint Civil Society Platform on Good Governance (JCSPG) has also  condemned the attack on Mtambo’s property.

In a separate statement, JCSPG  condemned the petrol-bomb at Mtambo’s residence as signs of terrorism.

“As human rights activist  who truly believes in contact, dialogue and peaceful means we strongly condemn the attack. We therefore call upon the Malawi Police and security services to investigate, apprehend and prosecute the people behind this barbaric act,” the grouing said.

HRDC  which is planning another mass demonstration targeting airports and border posts in the same bid to get rid of Ansah who has since said she will never resign, has since accused  three DPP officials suspected to be the masterminders of petrol bombs that were thrown at Mtambo’s house and car.

MacDonald Sembereka of HRDC  told reporters that  Southern Region DPP governor Charles Mchacha, the party’s spokesperson Nicholas Dausi  and director of elections Ben Phiri are sponsors of the attacks.

Reports allege that they sponsored  Ben Khuleya and Maya Maluwa, to carry the attack after they first petrol bombed MCP Vice President Sidik Mia’s office in Blantyre last week and escaped without trace.

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Mr Truth Pains
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Ben Khuleya and Mayar Maluwa just know that you have been identified though you thought things will be buried.

On the 27th August your houses too will be removed and be replanted some where in the village for the sake of your safety my brother.

D7 is coming so prepare for this and tell Mchacha , Dausi and Ben Phiri to relocate you in advance b4 it’s too late.

Mpekasambo
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Mpekasambo

Wakupha ndi lupanga adzafa ndi lupanga, mau akutero.

Chamunorwa
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Chamunorwa

It does not have to be DPP to bomb Mtambos house. Whilst the act is as despicable as allowing people to loot and burn someone’s life savings , Mtambo must accept responsibility for whats happening to him. Thus assuming he did not organise the bombing of his own house to gain sympathy from local and abroad. Especially after the claim that his Uncle was murdered by the police in a vehicle accident did not gain traction.The man is enjoying the attention..Sooner or later donor funding will start pouring in. The man can sense this court is going nowhere and sooner… Read more »

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

Stupid fool,Chamunorwa

kaukonde
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kaukonde

i sympathise with Ntambo but on the other hand he should also feel the same pain that those who are suffering because of the violence that is resulting from his demonstrations are feeling. But the way things are looking it shows this is self inflicted damage to obtain sympathy and more donations. it is surprising that a useless car was burnt yet Ntambo has porshy cars but these so called arsonist had to choose to petrol bomb an old car. Similar stage managed burning took place at MCP and Mia offices and Chimwendo Banda. If you eaxmine closely you will… Read more »

Chirima
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Chirima

Why do these Civil Society fail to stop the demoz by HRDC? Do you realise some people have heavily lost due to these evil acts of vandalism and stealing and destruction? The nation has to rise up against all the evil acts happening in this nation and call for ceasefire and a complete halt to all Demonstrations!!!

Vivian
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Now we know who has been setting fires on properties and people across the country — these people have to be delt with severely —–long live mtambo trapence sembereka and your friends plus your families —we are praying for you day and night —

Nkhanga zawona
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Nkhanga zawona

wasting your prayers, wawotcha yekha uyu. musamaputsitsike nanu

Scare crow
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Scare crow

The bombers needed to exercise patience, verify whether the target is inside, shake the jug well well, check the wind direction and catch the devil off guard.

Nkhanga zawona
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Nkhanga zawona

The bombers were the what you call targets

Scare crow
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Scare crow

Kkkkkkk I see

Lbb
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Lbb

The army should investigate this. It should also provide security to the judiciary

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

God is watching all these Regime torture on innocent Citizens.You’ll be punished by almighty himself.

Baba
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My only question is. Will Mtambo be accepted by malawians abroad?. A lot of malawians abroad are very upset .He should know this. Mark my word

Kambewa Chisale
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No we all support Mtambo ife from Abroad