HRDC spits fire over Mutharika’s terror remarks

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has launched a blistering attack on President Peter Mutharika accusing him of fermenting violence ahead of the court ruling after the  Malawi leader branded the organisation a terror group.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo (L), Vice Chairperson, Gift Trapence (C) and memberLuke Tembo; deny terrorism claims

In his new year message, President Mutharika said HRDC is a political institution that is “slowly degenerating into a terrorist organisation.”

The President further said HRDC leaders enjoy creating terror among Malawians.

But HRDC Vice chair Gift Trapence has shot back at the President, saying it is unfortunate that such remarks should not come from a Head of State as a new year message and at a time Malawians are waiting for the election case court ruling.

“HRDC serves the people and his remarks are a direct attack on the citizens. He is fermenting violence. Perhaps this why the citizens openly express their dislike for the President because he visibly lacks leadership qualities. He doesn’t build. He always destroys,” said Trapence to Nyasa Times .

Trapence said to the contrary it is the Democratic Progressive Party’s cadets that have been waging on well meaning Malawians.

“The President must direct his terrorism message to his party boys. It is them who have waged all sorts of terror on Malawians including corruption and inpunity,” he said.

Trapence further said as HRDC they are not intimidated by the president’s attack and will continue fighting for the rights of Malawians to rise up against political oppression.

In his new message, President Mutharika also touched on election issues stressing that the 2019 elections were free and fair as he quoted International observers.

However, Trapence said this was another unfortunate statement from the President ahead of the court ruling.

“How could he say that. Does he live in Malawi?” he querried.

Meanwhile, HRDC says it expects more and more Malawians to rise up in 2020 to demand accountability and transparency from leaders.

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SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
1 year ago

Iwe Mtambo dont think that you are clever, its only that our President Peter Mutharika is not a vengeful man, but dont take his quietnes as a sign of weakness. Know that he is a Fatherly figure he does not enjoy punishing people who wrong him. Know that he has the capacity to get you locked up till 2024, he has the capacity to spoil your CV BUT HE IS CHOOSING NOT TO DO SO out of love and care. Remember under Bingu, a promising Parliamentarian for Balaka Lucius, he tried to play around trying to fight the President being… Read more »

wa Nyau
wa Nyau
1 year ago

KKKK Kagulu ka zigawenga kkk

Tariq
Tariq
1 year ago

Mwaziona zitsilu za DPP kubhakila kape wopanda mano mmkamwa chifukwa mawapatsa maskono!

I have never seen a more educated man so overwhelming stupid as Mutharika. He is incapable of not being stupid.

chataika
chataika
1 year ago

APM was right nothing at all. HRDC have always been called to a round table discussion and even guided by the court to chart the way forward on how demos would be handled without damage and violence but they resist; isn’t that terrorism? Again DPP and Seode white made their peaceful matches there was no such a thing what lesson can we learn out of that? If there are no demos there is no violence and intimidation taking place but the moment they call for demos you these things happening. Can one be wrong to conclude HRDC is the one… Read more »

Make
Make
1 year ago

Hrdc is basically isis

Alfred Minjo
Alfred Minjo
1 year ago
Reply to  Make

Terrorists and Thugs.

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
1 year ago

HRDC is indeed a terrorist group. Trapence don’t refute that. You caused terror to many Malawians and we suffered a lot. DPP is a progress party that has the welfare of people at heart. Where Ian your Coallegue uja wosimphina uja anamenyedwa ku blantyre uja?

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
1 year ago

President is wrong yes he should have just said new years message, but also the demos are out of this world makings of DRDC, we are waiting for the court and it seems HRDC is still looking for funding, which is only taking malawian’s businesses in doldrums.

Some things are only making sense to those mundane minded guys here, there is no balance at all either from Muthalika or HRDC

Flamingo
Flamingo
1 year ago

I like the homily that was on radio Maria yesterday and I quote from the Priest ‘you will never see wives and children of HRDC members on these marches, they use the poor and the desperate’ wise up Malawi

Peter T
Peter T
1 year ago

Stupid old man Peter Mutharika, you always speak nonsense and useless why always you want attack HRDC or Oppositions? Yet it’s you and your DPP goverment failed to provide what you promised to Malawians. Just accept you failed in the first term to bring development and nothing you can do even in the next Chance because it seems lost your target and your is dead long ago. Leave young people to rule this country. Old fool

Alfred Minjo
Alfred Minjo
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter T

Mmmmmm! Mwauponda anthu akuba ndiponso okhupha a Malawi anzanu inu. Mwatisowetsa mtendere zedi in the year 2019

Mzimba Solola
Mzimba Solola
1 year ago

Ukalamba subisika

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