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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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

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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

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

This is cheap propaganda.It seems he hired his own people to shoot his own car sparing him with the intention to paint DPP hypocritically kkkk.Machgeza akuchita Mtambo uyu.Zomwe amafuna zikuoneka kuti sizitheka.Njira ina ndiyolenga assassination attempts kkkk.Pa press brief yomwe anapangitsa kungoonekelatu kuti this lambya is desperate kkk.His sinister motives have been foiled several times kkk.Let me warn Macdonald Sembereka and Gift Trapence,You are being used by this lambya and it shows that you are blindly following him kkkk.Guys kuno ndikunja kunayanja lichelo.What good are doing to your fellow southerners????Sembereka zoona kumalalata mbale wanu waku Mangochi ataphedwa moteromo ndianthu a… Read more »

Jenala
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Jenala

Zinazo mwanena zoona bambo, koma zouzila mayeso ku University sizoona. Atumbuka mwene amalimbikira wokha, I have witnessed this myself pa Polytechnic pomwepapa.

Gertrude wa Pitala
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Gertrude wa Pitala

Umakombeza nsete za Peter Muthalika iwe eti.

Nabetha
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Nabetha

ALL CADETS WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP!!!! and LEAVE THIS MAN ALONE. LET HRDC SPEAK FOR THE VOICELESS WHOSE TAX MONIES IS BEING SHARED BETWEEN YOURSELVES and YOUR EVIL DPP CRONIES. SHAME ON YOU!! BROOD OF VIPERS! YOUR INSTINCT FOR INSTANT GRATIFICATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RULE OF JUSTICE.

Opportunist
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Opportunist

Blood of Jesus will continue protecting you.The country is not ready to lose u now.