HRDC grenade attack  branded ‘shameless hoax’: Malawi govt, cops suspect Mtambo preparing asylum claim

Law enforcers and government spokesperson say they suspect Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) members are behind petrol-bomb attacks on its chairperson Timothy Mtambo and some activits as self-service evidence of persecution for an asylum claim abroad.

Mtambo (L): HRDC officials’ body guards claimed to have spotted an unknown person carrying what they alleged resembled a hand grenade, squatting near a vehicle belonging to the coalition’s vice-chairperson Gift Trapence (c).

This comes after an alleged foiled grenade attack on a vehicle   belonging to HRDC Vice-Chairperson Gift Trapence that nearly spoiled key discussions between Attorney General’s team and HRDC members on how to manage future anti-Jane Ansha demonstrations.

Mtambo said government was behind the failed bombing attempt, saying the bomber who fled  attempted to attack HRDC vehicle in the presence of Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations and Administration) John Nyondo, as well as many other police officers.

He said the activists are “not safe” in Malawi even with police officers who are supposed to protect them as they shield rough neck.

The suspected bomber was reportedly chased and he ran towards Civo Stadium premises.

But Police has dismissed grenade attempt on Mtambo or any HRDC member to the negotiations with the Attorney General as “a shameless hoax.”

Nyondo told Nyasa Times that the meeting was taking place at Crossroads Hotel where there is a very secure car park.

“There were drivers for several government officials right at the car park and no one witnessed any incident of the sort being described.  And it does not need any intelligence one to realize that it is highly unlikely that if anybody intended any attack in a public place, the weapon should have been concealed and not exposed way before the attack,” he said.

Nyondo said police will investigate the matter.

Another security expert also dismissed the narrative of planting a grenade.

“Is it not common knowledge that hand grenades are thrown and not planted?”

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani said it is not true that government might have been involved in the attempted bombing.

“We are categorically refuting the allegation made by HRDC, government has initiated the dialogue and there is no way it can plan the bombing,” said Botomani.

Botomani, who is also government spokesman, said they wanted to make progress in the dialogue within the stipulated 14-day period by the court.

However, Botomani  said the HRDC are possibly trying to find an excuse for not attending the court sanctioned meetings so that they do not bear any responsibility for security during demonstrations.

Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday evening gave a 14-day moratorium that the two parties must hold negotiations on how HRDC can exercise the constitutional right to demonstrate without violence and crime.

Justice Lovemore Chikopa said time should be given within which the parties can negotiate while respecting the suspension. He also said that care should be taken so that the moratorium does not turn into a backdoor ban.

Chikopa has since said that to give negotiations the best chance of success, there is a need for both parties to ensure that senior members attend, to make decisions there and then. He has also warned against prejudice during the proceedings.

President Peter Mutharika, whose electoral victory was challenged in the country’s high court, has threatened the use of force  to shut down HRDC protests as his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claims that HRDC is trying to overthrow the government.

Mutharika has accused his challengers, Saulos Chilima of UTM Party and Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), of manipulating national stability through the HRDC.

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ALENDOINEHEY
ALENDOINEHEY
1 year ago

The problem with Malawi Police is that it has lost track and Malawians will never trust their uniform because its now being shared with the dpp cardets. Even when you meet them on the road you can easily tell that there is Police in Malawi now. I have felt sorry to see them being control by the cadet supported by Dausi and company from Malawi Young Pioneers. Iwonso School paja ndi zero balance m’mutu mwao. Surely peter really love Jane than anzathu akunyumbawo.

Jemusi
Jemusi
1 year ago

You cannot trust these DPP mafias led by Nicholas Dausi. Why did these guys run away?
It’s also unfortunate that police officer Nyondo is also becoming a cadet

ben 10
ben 10
1 year ago

these guys must nont blindford us ndi ma plan ochita okha akukonza okha nde azinena kuti akuchita nda DPP ….timoteo ndi gulu lakolo takutopela ife

Ambuje Kukaya
Ambuje Kukaya
1 year ago
Reply to  ben 10

Akulu, mukadachit zedi apolisi akawagwira anthuwa. Nchifukwa chiyani akakhala kuti ndi cadet zimatenga nthawi kumugwira pamene wadera mumampeza msanga?

Vinjenje
Vinjenje
1 year ago

It is not a hoax.That is typical of D.P.P. Police.They are investigating.kKKKKKKKKKKKKK

TOSH
1 year ago

MTAMBO AND TRAPENCE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS TRU THOUGH DPP CAN TRY TO DO THAT IT WONT WORK THOSE GUYS ARE PROTECTED BY ANGELS FROM HEAVEN

ben 10
ben 10
1 year ago
Reply to  TOSH

protected not by angels but demons

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

aaaa APWIYA kulankhula mwa ukape. ndlama zokhazkhazi mufuna akufupeni? tikapite kwanu nose ndi ofanana, okongola, osalumala etc? muli ndi vuto. asiyeni ma refugees azikhala mwa ntendere. you are just showing how ignorant you are not to know how it feels to be a refugee, when you leave your sweet home love and luxuraries. sanafune ma burundi kubwera kuno. imagine if u yoself had to leave malawi and end up in nigeria looking for peace, albeit if u would manage you lazy puff. muzipemphera may be your myoptic thinking can open your mind and see the wide horizon. bwanji kuganiza mwa… Read more »

Mr G
Mr G
1 year ago

A serious gvt cannot put such a thing on media
A erious govt could have just gathered it’s intelligence and apprehend tge culprit. Nut since it gas no clue hence, media publication. Buying public sympathy

MADEMOISELLE5
1 year ago

MALAWIANS NEED TO HEAR /SEE JUSTICE FLOWING LIKE WATERS —- DON’T TAKE MALAWIANS FOR IDIOTS —-

Mtete
Mtete
1 year ago

So, why was the guy running away? A story is told about a mad man in a village who always scared people that invaders were about to attack the village only to say he was joking. He repeated this several times and people got tired of his jokes and eventually never took him seriously. Then one day true invaders came and ransacked the village. One day a true terrorist will be ignored by security agents as one of HRDC’s hoak only to cause untold damage to life or property. Unfortunately government will blame HRDC and the police will inform us… Read more »

Zibo
Zibo
1 year ago
Reply to  Mtete

So where is the granade, did it explode or he threw it back in his pocket?

namatetule
1 year ago

THIS IS THE TALE OF A FOOL NAMED SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA

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