Dausi says no DPP role for petrol-bomb at Mtambo’s house: Amnesty Internation condemn cowdly act

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has  expressed worry over the allegations made by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  that the party was responsible for the petrol-bombing of a house belonging to HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo.

Dausi:  There is no way DPP can be involved in such violence

Mtambo, who is also Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director, had his house petrol-bombed in the early hours of Thursday. He and his family managed to escape.

HRDC leadership said at a news conference in Lilongwe on Thursday that it suspects three Cabinet ministers Dausi, Ben Phiri and Charles Mchacha –  to have masterminded the plot and DPP operatives Ben Khuleya and Maya Maluwato have effected the petrol-bombing.

The vice-chairperson of HRDC Gift Trapence said thugs went to Mtambo’s house on a killing mission, adding that the petrol bombs they threw landed on a car which got half burnt.

According to him, thugs threw four petrol bombs into the house premises, with one thrown at the gate apparently with the objective of preventing Mtambo’s family from fleeing to safety.

But Dausi said the HRDC allegations against DPP officials are baseless and malicious,  saying the party officials are clean from any act of violence.

“As government, we are worried that what happened to him [Mtambo] is a criminal act. But there is no way the ruling party can be involved in such violence,” said Dausi.

“We have been speaking against violence and we have been complaining about the same, so how can we do that?”

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the cops found a VW Pollo vehicle burnt and damaged half way and that they investigating the matter.

While local groups the National Advocacy Platform (NAP) and the Joint Civil Society Platform on Governance have condemned the attack on Mtambo, describing it as cowardice, Amnesty International has also added its voice.

Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, Muleya Mwananyanda, said: “This cowardly and malicious attack on Timothy Mtambo’s property is a clear act of intimidation, designed to deter him from carrying out his human rights work. Timothy and his family narrowly escaped harm after three petrol bombs were thrown into his compound.  One hit and torched his car while the second was thrown at the gate and the last narrowly missed his house.

“There must be no stone left unturned in pursuit of those wwho are behind this attack. The authorities must launch a prompt, impartial and effective investigation and ensure that suspected perpetrators are brought to justice in fair trials.

“The incident comes weeks after Timothy received threats for organizing demonstrations over allegations of mismanagement of the May 21 elections. The Malawian authorities must stop singling out critical voices for attack, and instead commit to respecting freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”

Last week, unknown thugs, suspected to be DPP cadets, burned offices belonging to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president Sidik Mia at his Cold Storage company in Blantyre. In late August last year, HRDC offices were torched by unknown thugs who also injured a security guard in Lilongwe.

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agola
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agola

Just help this moron get the visa, just shows they have ducuments for Visa applications, help him get the visa we want this idiot out of malawi as soon as possible. There are alot of malawians struggling with effects of this idiots actions. policemen , government assets, innocent malawians, you have the nerve to help the perpetrator.

kamina
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kamina

the mere fact that amnesty international has condemned this act on mtumbo and not wen mtumbos thugs were burning and destroying people’s property and beating people just shows the irrelevance of this so called international watchdog….my question to amnesty is ” is mtumbos property more important than grace chiumia,ras chikomeni,police officers,govt properties? shame on you amnesty international

Mercie Ngwenyama
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Mercie Ngwenyama

We know that the Police know who committed this heinous act. There are communications circulating on social media, the house has CCTV cameras which captured some video . We hope the Police will utilize this information to find those who did this. We also know fully well that the Police is in bed with this DPP corrupt government therefore it will be of no surprise if this case goes unsolved like the rest before it. The Police can not continue to show bias by condoning criminal acts. This country needs a police force that is nonpartisan. Governments come and go… Read more »

Vivian
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ABSOLUTELY NO ANY OTHER SUSPECTS
THAN THE 3 MENTIONED CADETS — JUST PICK THEM AND DETAIN THEM FOR QUESTIONING — ON A SERIOUS NOTE !!

TAD
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TAD

EVERYBODY IN MALAWI KNOWS THAT DPP HIRES CADETS TO INJURE AND THREATEN MALAWIANS.
EVERYONE WITH AN EAR TO THE GROUND SAW THE PICTURE ON NYASA TIMES AND SOCIAL MEDIA OF A DPP CADET HELD UNDER THE MDF TRUCK. HE WAS INTERCEPTED AND WAS SNAPPED WHILE HOLDING A KNIFE -DAGGER IN HIS HANDS.
ITS TRUE DPP SO CALLED CADETS SHOULD BE DISPLINED
PEOPLE AT LARGE WILL NOT STAY IDLE.
HE WHO KILLS BY SWORD SHALL ALSO DIE OF THE SAME.
MAY GOD’S ANGELS OF DEATHE SPARE THE INNOCENT SOULS IN MALAWI.

God is Sovereign
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God is Sovereign

God you you are faithful. You never sleep nor slumber. You know the people who are using petrol bombs and destroying peoples properties.
I trust in you and please God come thru and expose these people. Do it your way Lord.
Let them fall in their own traps. Do it Lord. You are great. You are faithful. You created heaven and earth. You new Malawi before its existence. Now is the time for exposure. They cannot hide from you.

Thank you in advance for exposing these individuals. In Jesus name, Amen.

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
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Dausi!! Dausi!! Uzava litiro kuti usiye zomwe ukuchita gogo iwe???

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Ine ndimayesa a Dausi anena kuti ayesetsa kugwira amene apanga zimenezi. Koma iwo akuyankhula modziteteza basi ali ife sizikutikhudza. Tchimo limanzunza.

Very Fat Corrupt Dude
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Very Fat Corrupt Dude

You are the next victim, Mr Dausi Young Pioneer gangster

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Dausi imfa yako ikhala yowawitsa ndiyomvetsa chisoni kwambili. Remember the death of untouchable strong man Gadhafi.

Jeff Mpotazingwe
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Jeff Mpotazingwe

The government system especially the Police is being challenged to be non-partisan . The police must not seat phwii ! when the laws are being violated. Be reminded that your other name is law enforcers and this will be demanded of you soon when the poll case comes to an end; then you will demanded to enforce the judicial outcome. Whether DPP,UTM OR MCP take government you shall always remain the same just like all other civil servants. Politics is for politicians investigate this as soon as possible. Just thinking out loud