Mtambo locked up after handing himself: Malawi police violently disperse protesters

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo has been locked up in Area 3 police cell after he  handed himself to the law enforcers  at around noon following two days “on the run.”

Protestors take part in a march demanding release of human rights activist

Lawyer Khumbo Soko representing HRDC clarified that a bail has not yet been granted to Mtambo but that the High Court in a pre-trial hearing has given a stay order that the case should be tried in Lilongwe.

Following the court order, Soko said Mtambo should not  be transferred to Blantyre or any city other than Lilongwe .

Another lawyer Khwima Mchizi said Mtambo might spend the night in the cell  and  that they will wait until the charges are  leveled against him.

High Court has also ordered that the Malawi police “immediately return” HRDC leaders  Gift Trapence and  Macdonald Sembereka to Lilongwe, where they were originally arrested on Sunday , and that their case be dealt with by the Lilongwe court.

Before Mtambo surrendered himself to police, there were running battles between cops and sympathisers and police had to use teargas to disperse the crowd.

Witnesses reported chaotic scenes.

After cooling down from teargas, Mtambo addressed members of the press where he said they were fighting for justice and insisted that they will go to State House on March 25 2020 to pressure President Peter Mutharika to sign election reforms bills passed by parliament.

The arrests comes after Mutharika denounced the planned protest at a Blantyre political rally and ordered police and Malawi Defence Force to stop the group.

“Nobody in this country is above the law.  Mtambo cannot be bigger than the government.  [Gift] Trapence, [MacDonald] Sembereka, [Billy] Mayaya you are not bigger than the government.  Get my word, your time is up, the party is over, go and smell the coffee,” said Mutharika.

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera in a statement Monday gave the government 48 hours to release the rights activists.  He said if they remained in custody by Wednesday he would hold his own march to state house.

Amnesty International criticised “an escalating crackdown against human rights defenders, activists, civil society leaders”.

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Grey phiri
8 months ago

A muthalika atopa awa vuto muthu wakula koma kukakamila udindo basi muthu osabeleka amwene kuvuta kodi Ali ndimwana ameneyi akupanga zopusa iyaaa

KENT
KENT
8 months ago

Bravo our courts! mukumatinvetsa sugar akuma khothi inu, amapititsa dala ma activists wa ku BT kuti akawazunze awaphe, khothi nkudzango tembenuza chikwangwani pamene paja, LLz landilire ana olimba mtima anthaka ya Malawi awa, DPP mwachepaaaaaaaa!

COPS
COPS
8 months ago

Agogo vomerezani, Mtambo is more popular than you and the bottom line is apapa mwanayu mwamulephera, he is a giant, and you remain a small puppet, no matter what, change is inevitable, Babylon is about to fall, we won’t relent till Malawi is completely free from the jaws of the evil Gogo Mutharika and his filthy thugs………….. watch this space!

youna
youna
8 months ago

I see the making of the worst dictator. He must be stoped before he arrest the whole Nation.

Gule
Gule
8 months ago

When these people see Mtambo they see an opportunity to loot and destroy other peoples property

Zofu
Zofu
8 months ago

Wagonabe pa shamba wayiwona Bangwe

Pachalo
Pachalo
8 months ago
Reply to  Zofu

Ngakhale agogo anu wopanda nanu aja anagonako ku Maula…pali nkhani apa!

COOK
COOK
8 months ago

HRDC should pack up and go to Norway. We have had enough of their violence and disruption

Mbilya
Mbilya
8 months ago
Reply to  COOK

Maloto a chumba. Zosatheka zimenezo. Mtambo Wamutchalenjatu APM ali mmanja mwa apolisi akuti mademo okatseka state house alipobe. kkkkkkkkkk nyekhwe bwa!

wa Nyau
wa Nyau
8 months ago
Reply to  Mbilya

Tumbukas being used by MCP and then dumped as a used Condom

Bumi
Bumi
8 months ago

HRDC must fall. We don’t want to hear or see Mtambo, Trapence anymore.

Mina
Mina
8 months ago
Reply to  Bumi

Jane Ansah and mec must fall indeed and peturo should sign up for the reforms bills made in parliament including 50+1

Edoh
Edoh
8 months ago
Reply to  Bumi

Oipa athawa yekha simukufuna kuwawona why ???

Malawi belong to the citizens

Munthalika should fire MEC commissioners and sign the new reform bill into laws.Peter at 79 still playing games with the youths of Malawi.Munthalika you won’t win this.The majority of the youths are tired with you. Resign please if you can.

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