Minister Mtambo ponders on his role of unifying Malawi

Dubbed a ‘terrorist’ by former regime of Democratic Progressive Movement (DPP), at the forefront of a wave of demonstrations that engulfed Malawi in the past  two  years, Timothy Mtambo has found himself entrusted with a role of unifying the country as  the Minister of Civic Education and National Unity.

Timothy Mtambo is now the Minister responsible for Civic Education and National Unity-pic by Lisa Kadango

Mtambo, who lead the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) before joing frontline politics  through his Citizens for Transformation movement,  was part of the ministers sworn in on Friday, after being drafted in by President Lazarus Chakwera to bepart of his first 31-member cabinet.

The Minister has welcomed the challenge of heading the new ministry and says he is more than ready to serve in his role and to serve Malawians.

Giving his first interview after taking oath of office, Mtambo took time to thank His President  Chakwera for putting faith in him and including him in his first cabinet.

Mtambo then went on to thank God for the opportunity while highlighting that this is not the end  but continuation of the struggle to make Malawi better.

“I dedicate this appointment to God Almighty, Comrades in the struggle and all Malawians of good. The struggle continues and we will take it to the next level, our nation is divided, we have a duty to unite it. A divided nation can never sustainably develop. Peace and Unity are crucial drivers of development,” he said

On the challenges of heading a newly created ministry, Mtambo believes he is the right person for the role as he has been part of delivering civic education in his years of human rights activism.

Giving a hint of what his new ministry will be like , he said: “We as a people will model this ministry into a high impact government ministry, which will help moving Malawians from being subjects to citizens. We will ensure that every citizen knows the basics of our constitution, the bill of rights, development and principles of good governance.”

The minister believes if Malawi has to prosper, then it is a must that its citizens should be well informed, united, active and empower them to be patriotic citizens.

Mtambo, a strong believer is public service aims to inspire every Malawian to be patriotic and work towards developing this country .

“I believe that there is no greater calling than public service. Giving a service to people is a heavenly call. I took an oath of service before God Almighty and the people of our great republic, that means a lot to me. I will never let my masters (the People) down. I believe in People Power and as a public servant I am going to promote a People Power agenda where every Malawian won’t feel let down, but feel they are part of it.”

Mtambo plans to develop a two-way communication where Malawians should be able to communicate with him without any problems.

As part of the Tonse alliance philosophy he wants to promote servant leadership by serving the people rather than bossing them.

He believes Malawi’s unity can be achieved if every Malawian work together disregarding different political affiliations, tribal differences or social standing.

Asked if he holds any grudges against the DPP regime, Mtambo said he does not hold personal grudges against anybody.

He said his fight was not personal but was fighting the ills of the regime, the human rights abuses, lack of respect for rule of law and many issues   that were making some people feel more Malawian that others.

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Chitolerapapo
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Chitolerapapo

Mtambo is crooked and is the one behind all the bad things that happened during demonstrations. He is one that hired the youths to burn government offices and properties belonging to DPP supporters. Cars for innocent malawians were stonned by boys hired by Mtambo. This man is not the right person to unit Malawi. The guy uses violence to sort out issues

Chilungamo Nchabwino
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Chilungamo Nchabwino

I doubt a man like Mtambo can be silenced with a ministerial position if that is what Chakwera is thinking. This man’s thinking is very evolved and few of us can really understand the motivations of such a man.

Philip gwazanyoni
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Philip gwazanyoni

Totally unfair human rights activist? mthakati uyu, komano omusankhao sanaganize Kaye ? anthu adziti chani? Please HE taganizani ngati mbusa osati mwachita apazi

Sizzler
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Sizzler

Unfortunately you tougt the youth …not to ask ….But demand ….
watch out for more Demostrations in the course of your insipiratìon you set …
Guys TIMOTHY&TRAPEZ who have a deplomatic voice tone ?

Sizzler
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Sizzler

TIMOTHY MTAMBO has no freenace of speech in this setting …
Yesster Year is just yesterday …
I dont personal hate the guy but he doesnt have the the DEPLOMATIC TACT of this very need Ministry ….Unless he come up front Apologise to those who lost …
Not DPP !!!!
But most of all families South Center North MALAWI who lost or was destorted off their means of living …on his ways of making himself to what he today is thanking Chakwera for ……

Bwana Wa Ulesi
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Bwana Wa Ulesi

Gay

Shonai
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A chair said kumachangamuka pa tauni.He got what he wanted.He will now be admiring everything.His mouth is shut.His friend Trapez also just observe him.

Jackson
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Jackson

Work for malawian

Chalo
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Section 20 of the Constitution prohibits discrimination of any form, and gives the right to equality for all citizens.
Things like quota system of selecting students to public secondary schools, and colleges would be legislated against.
Recruitment for jobs in the public service and private sector is also be governed by Employment Act with anti discrimination clause but it does have teeth to root out the discrimination we always see in this country.

Ntumbuka Ine
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This guy was very vulgar when he headed the famous terrorist organization. His language was like that of Mchacha or Mulli. He has no capacity to unite anything.

Mzara
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Mzara

Zabodza siiwe Mtumbuka, koma “Ntumbuka”, whatever that means. You just hate the guy chifukwa he from north. Give him a chance. He is capable, but you need to give him room kaye. U kadet umakhala bwino kuwupumira☺

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