Malawi rights activist Mtambo survives assassin’s gun attack

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Chairperson Timothy Mtambo survived when assassins bullets were fired into his car Friday night about 11pm around the Area 49 road near Mtandire in Lilongwe as he was driving home, Mtambo has confirmed.

According to Mtambo six bullets were fired at his car but lucky enough none of them hit him.

He said the attackers – believed to be regime thugs -were in a car and were trailing him.

The assassination attempt is believed to be linked Mtambo’s role at forefront of mass protests over alleged rigging of elections.

Mtambo, a fierce critic of President Peter Mutharika who is also the executive director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRC),  has been at the forefront of protests following elections in May, which the opposition says were rigged.

HRDC has been organising mass protests to force the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah  over the alleged mismanagement of the May tripartite election , which saw Mutharika re-elected for second and mandatory final term. The results are being contested in the constitutional court.

Recently Mtambo also survived an attack when his residence had been petrol bombed.

The attack last week saw a car belonging to the activist destroyed. The second bomb was thrown inside the compound of the house.

Members of HRDC said they suspected the attackers had links to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

Since May, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Malawi to demonstrate against the management of the election. The government has accused the protesters of damaging property and looting and has sought court injunctions to stop the demonstrations.

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Khima
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Khima

Mr Mtambo please go to Paul Mphwiyo and ask him how Assassins operate like…

ineyo
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ineyo

This is staged. Six bullets and none hitting target including hitting a tyre while a vehicle is speeding without swerving or overturning? Drama at its best. Don’t cheat us to sympathise with you idiot!

che nnungu
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So six bullets cannot miss a person? laymen

Da Rookie who keeps it real
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That’s it is said by God’s grace. People have survived in situations where many are very much likely to get killed. There are things that not everybody can comprehend but they do happen

Okatraz
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Okatraz

apparently the shooter doesnt know how to use gun, how can he shoot so low like that?

Investigator
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Investigator

………To me this seems its a staged shooting, fake and shameful. How can an assassin send warning signs…. shooting away from main target? How can a vehicle with a punctured tyre manage to speed off away from an assassin? How can an assassin drive past his pray without finishing it off????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Da Rookie who keeps it real
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have you ever handled a gun yourself? Follow up history on assasination attempts and you will be surprised how some people managed to escape them.

Da Rookie who keeps it real
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Even professionally trained assasins do miss their targets. Not everybody dies because somebody wants them dead. There are things beyond human control. That’s the reality about the world we live in

Kennedy
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Kennedy

One day people will regret associating themself with corrupt and crooks of dpp. They foolishly think dpp will rule forever. Everyone in Dpp is corrupt and evil.

Charie
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Charie

Akadaphedwa bwezi nditapanga phwando . mtambo fiti ya munthu.

Charie
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Charie

Mwasowa anthu owanamiza ngati zinakuphonya nde kuti samafuna iweyo . komabe ndikupempha ose opanga izi kut asasiye apitilize mpakana aphedwe sitikufunaso kut apite Ku Court ayi

Concerned citizen
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It is apparent that HRDC is now totally off track. They are manufacturing issues almost daily.

They are falsely bringing divisions which does not exist.

Our leaders have the obligation to unite the nation. They are to be firm. I feel there has been a leadership vacuum after the 21 May, which is giving power to the wrong people.

Please leaders step up to the challenge that our nation is facing and DO NOT allow anyone to add petrol to any misunderstanding.

M'Malawi
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M'Malawi

So he also hired people to petrol bomb his house. I give Mtambo benefit of doubt. There is clearly a trend suggesting DPP stoggies want to take him out.

Msambanjati
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Msambanjati

Wadada Dausi wa Brigadier wa MYP and DPP
Cadets nyengo na mwenso kuti timupikeni na zifuti ya neng’enela chomene.

Dinda
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Ndidzifwabwa za Mcp zimenezo, Chakwera akufuna ndalama zake coz nthawi yomwe adagwirizana kuti adzakhala atamuchotsa Jane Ansah idapitirira ndie atopa ndikudikirira ntunda opanda madzi. Nsundwe force imeneyo