CSOs threaten legal action against character assasination

Malawi’s Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has warned that it will not hesitate but to drag to court anyone trying to tarnish the image of the organisation or any of its members for legal action.

Trapence: Thos ebehind smear campaign should be held accountable for their actions in court

This comes barely few days after a picture went viral on social media capturing HRDC Chairman Timothy Mtambo at one of the local airports about to board a plane and the caption indicated he was going abroad to enjoy the money he received from opposition political parties as a thank you for organising the July 21 ant-government demonstrations.

The national wide March against the Peter Mutharika leadership was a cry from Malawians led by Civil Society groupings against the impunity and corruption following a failure by government to address concerns raised in a petition delivered on April 27 this year as well as some new demands.

HRDC Vice Chairperson Gift Trapence alleges the propaganda against his organisation and its members is coming from members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

“We have seen a lot of propaganda coming from DPP,” said Trapence.

On flying abroad, Trapence said: “Our work allows us to travel abroad and we do not travel because of demonstrations. We can’t allow that behaviour of tarnishing other peoples image to continue and we will take legal action against anyone trying to tarnish the image of our organisation or any of our members.”

Nyasa Times understands that the picture that went viral on social media captured Mtambo on his trip to South Africa to attend a Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN).

Meanwhile, Mtambo himself through a post on social media has advised the propagandists not to waste their time fighting Human Rights Defenders but rather focus on implementing people’s petitions.

Among the motive behind the recent September 21 protests were theft of K1.9 Billion worth of fuel at Electricity Supply Corperation of Malawi (ESCOM), K145 Million Police Food Ration Scam, persistent blackout and worsening of corruption.

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Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

Such trips always coincide with demonstration because these people go out to report to their masters and receive their payment for a job well done. if their organisations are big why not delegate other officers to such meetings to avoid such misconceptions. These people are agents of neocolonialist whose aim is regime change.

faith
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faith

choka inu ma DPP cadets pali nkani apa mpaka alindi ufulu antu Ku macha mpaka panopa kwatu ine magesi sakuyaka nde mafuta anabedwa Ku escorm

truth pains
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truth pains

lero zakuwawani chifukwa mwanenedwa ndi inu? Mesa ndizimene nanunso mumachita kukhalira kuchoza anzanu? Wakwiya ndi mfiti. Lero mwayaluka anthu akuwonelerani. Simunati

Ndikukodzela Kwambiri
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The reporter forget to say that there was low turn-out at the last demonstrations held by these said CSOs. I don’t know kuti ma rights ake ndi ati amene akutimenyela ife; ????????? Otherwise what is see is fight between Trapence and Mtambo against government basi.

mapwiya
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mapwiya

When government machinery uses the same social media to drag CSOs to court, it becomes violation of human rights. But CSO wants to use the very same social media against the government in courts. SELFISH!!!!!

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