Malawi human rights defenders worried with increasing attacks on activists

Officials from Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) say they are deeply worried with the continued attacks on its members.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo (L), Vice Chairperson, Gift Trapence (C) and Luke Tembo

Acting HRDC chairperson Luke Tembo has expressed the concern on Tuesday in Lilongwe during a press conference.

Tembo however said the attacks, by suspected ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets, will not intimidate the rights activists.

This follows an attack on the house of one of the members of HRDC, Macdonald Sembereka on Monday night.

A political commentator Victor Chipofya said it was worrisome that the police grow cold feet when it comes to investigating attacks on those deemed critical of government.

“The police act swiftly only when those deemed to be government sympathisers are attacked,” said Chipofya.

Another analyst Sharrif Kaisi said the police is highly politicized, saying this is why they are unable to carry investigations on attacks on the opposition or those deemed critical of government.

However, police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the law enforcers carry out investigations irrespective of party colours.

He said some investigations take long to finish because they are complicated.

HRDC has been leading anti- Jane Ansah demonstrations for the past three months to force the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson to resign for allegedly presiding over a flawed elections process.

Since May 27 this year when MEC declared President Peter Mutharika of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) winner of the presidential race in the May 21 Tripartite Elections with 1 940 740 votes, representing 38.8 percent, the political temperature has risen, with demonstrations which in some cases have been marred by looting and violence.

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joseph Banda
joseph Banda
11 months ago

Koma anthu 4 worried with attacks and yet thousands of Malawians worried with these evil peoples’ attacks and they want Malawians to feel sorry for them. Shaa. Let God feel sorry for them

Zangaphee
Zangaphee
11 months ago
Reply to  joseph Banda

Bwanji nawonso a HRDC atapatsidwa mwayi woti azitha kubwezela kuti zikhale 50 – 50?

peter
peter
11 months ago

Simunati ….mulira

Noxy
11 months ago

HRDC is a name associated with violence ,property destruction,comotion and all sorts of evil.When anybody mentions HRDC I faint.

Ochewa Dala
Ochewa Dala
11 months ago

In fact these are self-staged attacks, police don’t waste your time

Concerned citizen
11 months ago

HRDC, who funds you?

Hate it or take it but it's a fact

Kadazera ungokhala chete palibe cha nzeru ukuyakha mbwiyache. U are one of the top Cadet in DPP administration.

John Gray Gufa
John Gray Gufa
11 months ago

He is yes, so what?

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
11 months ago

Iwe ndi sapota wankulu wa Araffat Hamdan wa ziwanda, choka kagwere!!

Charie
Charie
11 months ago

Muyaluka muona musawone ngati kut musokoneza mulandu wa chisankho ayi ndithu . APM more fire DPP woyee.wina afune asafune judgement day ikubwera mubweza zose zomwe mwakhala mukuwononga za a Malawi , chilungamo chafika dziko lose lapasi likutsatira zonse zakukhothi

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
11 months ago

These are orchestrated attacks by own and self styled action by these hooligans.They just want to make other organisations believe them that they are under heavy threat by DPP government.This will not achieve anything at all.Surely these people’s hearts are houses of devil.
God will deal with them sarcastically.Sembereka and Trapence surely being used by this beast Mtambo kkkk.Ndalam izi ,mpake inaphetsa Yesu kkk

Alfred Minjo
Alfred Minjo
11 months ago

Mukuwafuniranji a Police? Sindiinu nomwe mukuwanyoza kuwaseweretsa kochanie kuwagenga mpaka kufa? Anthu oipa zedi inu.

Golliat
Golliat
11 months ago

It’s dpp ppolice service not Malawi police service than the way they do in good old days during Kamuzu and Bakili, now they are used like condoms

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