HRDC still has trust in Malawi army

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said they still have confidence on the integrity of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) despite the changes that were effected in rank and file recently.

HRDC leadership at the presser

President Peter Mutharika fired Army Commander General Vincent Nundwe  and his deputy General Clement Namangale.

Nundwe was fired eight months after he replaced General Griffin Spoon Phiri last June.

Addressing the journalists Tuesday afternoon in Lilongwe, HRDC Chairperson Timothy Ntambo said although the change of leadership at MDF raise questions, the grouping still has trust in them.

“We respect the new MDF leadership, these are the people who were within the rank  and file of the same MDF that has been hailed as professionals. We will continue respecting institutions that are credible,” he said.

MDF has been on the forefront protecting citizens from the wrath of the police and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets during demonstrations and also provided maximum security to the five High Court judges who were hearing the May, 2019 presidential elections case at the Constitutional court.

The human rights activists have termed the changes at MDF as a wrong target, citing Malawi police as a security institution that need massive change in leadership.

“We know that there are many good police officers but the leadership is bad. The like of the police Inspector General Duncan Mwapasa are the ones that are supposed to be removed,” he said.

This was the first presser to be attended by Mtambo and his vice Gift Trapence after their recent arrests.

Coronavirus and demonstrations

Following the Coronavirus oubreak and presidential measures put in place on public gatherings, HRDC has suspended it’s planned Wednesday demonstrations to state residencies.

Malawi has not registered any Coronavirus case so far.

However, the group had called on government to put up comprehensive measures to fight against the virus.

“We don’t have even a comprehensive strategy and budget for fight fidht against Coronavirus, government should come up with a strategies at both national and district level. We should not rush to give orders without having a strategy, this is a crisis and we need to also have an emergency strategy,” he said.

He further said before the presidential measures, there was need to have consultations with opposition parties as well as key stakeholders on how best to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.

“As much as he has the right to give orders or directions, a good leader is the one who comprehensively consult before making decision on issues of national concern, just like what is happening in other countries,” said Trapence.

Though the demonstrations have been postponed, Trapence said that they are looking into other avenues on how best they can present their grievances to the authorities.

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KKKK
KKKK
7 months ago

MDF 10. HRDC 0. Kicks of a dying horse. 25 March yadutsa manyazi bwa? Pitani pa nseupo tione kuti zikuthelani bwanji?

Malawians are Chickens
8 months ago

No one must have trust in Malawian army that is made up of the Lomwe tribe. When a dictator wants to cling to power the only people that will propel him is his own tribe or tribes from his own region. Peter Hitler Mutharika has lost credibility from the Central and Northern region. Remember, this is the man who was in Bingu wa Mutharika’s cabinet when his brother unleashed terror on unarmed Malawian people. Northern region suffered the most deaths compared to other regions. Northern region today is called “North Korea” because the people down there are oppressed, and they… Read more »

Tati
Tati
8 months ago

Mmalo moti mudzudzule judge Kenyatta mukukalimbana ndi boma lomwe likuyesetsa kukhalikitsa njira zopewera virous. We haven’t heard you condemn Kenyatta

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago
Reply to  Tati

Just go through the comments on Kenyatta an what is the ratio of positive to negative comments. You will conclude he is a traitor

Joloza
8 months ago

Which strategies should get put in place except the ones already implemented? Mayiko onse akusatira mfundo zake zomwezi zimene boma lakhazikitsa. Kapena mukunena strategy ya UTM yogawa soap ngakhale sikugawa soap Koma kugwiritsa ntchito Corona kupangira kampeni. Shame on UTM. Mfundo zimene boma lakhazikitsa ndizokwanira. Ngakhale Kuti mumadandaula Kuti boma silinapange budget yomenyanirana NDI Corona ife tikudziwa Kuti budget NDI 14 Billion Kwacha ndipo boma lapereka kale 2 Billion. Ngati mulidi anthu omenyera ufulu wa anthu osati zigawenga Za MCP nanunso pitsani mmatumba mwa hrdc musonkhe nawo mmalo momangonyoza.

Banda
Banda
8 months ago

We now have a disciplined army which cares for people’s businesses and property. HRDC thugs, you need to go away and disappear.

No Surrender, Forward We Move
Reply to  Banda

Fuck you Banda. You’re one of the rotten people. Definitely you’re not Banda but a Lomwe cadet. Alluta continuaaaa until Malawi is free. We’re going forward motherfucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Observer
Observer
8 months ago

If there are bad professors at Law out there, our Peter Muthalika is one of them. I don’t know if Peter at all learnt or taught anything about governance in his law classes. He fires Commander General Nundwe, a professional through out his career even before Peter’s brother late Bingu was given the presidency on a silver platter by Bakili Muluzi. He maintains the compromised tribesmen Acting Inspector General Duncan Mwapasa and embattled MEC Chair Jane Ansah. What is this President Peter Muthalika, taking all of us Malawians as fools?. Thanks goodness that voting day is coming again and the… Read more »

Nicolous
Nicolous
8 months ago

Muja viwonekera vipatala pa Malawi ndiye kukhala chipere. Tizingopemphera kwa chauta kuti muliri usatifike.

SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
8 months ago

Malawians never voted for Mtambo and Trapence to be their spokes persons, they are a group of people who are representing Homosexual issues not Political, they are a Gandanga mouth piece of MCP. Malawi Army, Malawi Police are security organs and they report to the President as their Commander In Chief and its the President who appoints,transfers and dismisses. There was infiltration of the security organs by compromised people in the security both in the army and police and thats why changes have been made. So Mtambo and your group of Ma Gandanga have no mandate to dictate who should… Read more »

Omex70
Omex70
8 months ago
Reply to  SAUNDERS

Cadet wamkulu Saunders now bubbling senseless comments

Kuswa Kuswa
8 months ago

Haa Amangwetu? Che Ntumbo kumeneko kudxitakadila ndi kudzithiramo? Who do you think you are? Wy dhu you rye that Marawians have sent you. I am a Malawian and have never sent you. Perhaps some individual in Kasiya recruited you as a mercenary knowing that you are the chief henchman at the terrorist organization that you lead. You are not a patriot. You are a fly on a pile of shit.

Independent Diplomat
Independent Diplomat
8 months ago

These guys must disciplined by the Army themselves.

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