A seemingly furious and emotional Timothy Mtambo—executive director for Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR)—took to the microphone and snubbed armed members of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) as they tried to block protesters’ way to Capital Hill at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC).
The protesters who took to the streets to express their anger over the K4 billion which was supposedly going to be shared among Members of Parliament (MPs), had peacefully marched from Mchesi via Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), and they were supposed to finally end at Capital Hill where a ten-point petition would be delivered.
But upon arrival at the BICC, they were faced by about a hundred armed police officers and dozens of militia vehicles that blocked the way.
The gesture angered the protesters some of who threatened to stone off the police officers.
Infuriated too, Mtambo took up the microphone and described the police’s attitude as a “disappointment.”
He said: “We are not doing this for ourselves. We are doing this for all Malawians who are suffering under this regime. You too are suffering! Who doesn’t know that you’re suffering. We want to fight for you too and you block us?”
Throughout the moment he spoke, Mtambo, who wore a t-shirt imprinted: THANK YOU MAMA FOR GIVING US A SIGN TO GIVE A RED CARD TO PETER MUTHARIKA, people cheered massively in support.
It took close to half an hour for the police to free the road after negotiations between Gift Trapence and deputy inspector of police Duncan Mwapasa that the protesters should proceed to Capital Hill to deliver the petition