Mtambo’s move to join politics draws mixed reactions: ‘Repositioning for 2nd veep’
The decision by firebrand human rights activist Timothy Mtambo to join frontline politics through a political movement and endorsing the electoral alliance between Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party has triggered sharp reactions from political parties and commentators.
Mtambo told a news conference on Wednesday that Citizens for Transformation (CFT)-People Power Movement, will assist MCP and UTM Party and their alliance partners to unseat President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the fresh presidential election tentatively set for July 2 2020.
Governance expert and commentator Makhumbo Munthali said while Mtambo’s timing to leave the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) which he led, could be questionable, his political interests could not be advanced while working in the civil society; hence, considers the move as not surprising.
“Certainly, some would question the timing such a decision has been made and the leadership vacuum it creates in the HRDC,” Munthali said.
He defended Mtambo’s decision, saying that the civil society space does not require one to take sides.
“Looking at the position he has taken I am of the view that such a position cannot be ably advanced within the Civil Society cycle. He seems to be determined to take the struggle he started while at HRDC further by clearly showing the citizens who they should vote for and whom they should not vote for,” Munthali told Nyasa Times.
He said Mtambo being someone who has clearly experienced “DPP regime impunity in full throttle” it’s not surprising to see him taking a political crusade advising the country not to vote for DPP.
“Fortunately, that’s the position shared by the majority of Malawians who feel short-changed by DPP rule. Time Will vindicate him as to whether that was a right decision or not.
“You can’t be in the Civil Society and tell the public don’t vote or vote for a particular candidate. What Mtambo has done is the honourable thing to leave the civil society space and get to another one where he would be comfortable to take the struggle further by mobilising the country precisely not to vote for DPP. And I believe such a decision must be respected,” said Munthali.
But Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi, who is also DPP publicity secretary, argued that Mtambo was a politician who was hiding in HRDC mask and that he is repositioning for a ‘thank you’ from MCP “which will give him the Office of the Second Vice-President.”
Added Dausi: “We are happy now to face each other on the political ground other than what he was doing masquerading as human rights activist when he was a politician.”
On his part, Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani also said Mtambo has been a politician disguised as an activist for a long time.
“We are aware that the MCP has promised Mtambo the second vice presidency. The formation of Citizens for Transformation is a condition for the second vice presidency in addition to organizing violent demonstrations,” said Botomani.
He then claimed that the post-election protests which Mtambo organised through HRDC led to the radicalization of young men in Lilongwe and denied small scale businesspersons a living as they could not do business on days of demonstrations.
United Democratic Front (UDF) director of publicity Ken Ndanga in his reaction to Mtambo joining frontline politics advised him that the terrain in the field has never been smooth and that he will survive if he is not looking for immediate rewards.
“Whether the timing is wrong or not is not for me to say. Whether you are a proxy of some established political groupings or not is not something I can say on authority. Whether you overate yourself or not like I have read somewhere could just be an opinion,” said Ndanga.
Ndanga, known for political slurs during political rallies, advised Mtambo that “militant approach to politics is only exciting but does not normally win votes.”
On his part, MCP Publicity Secretary Rev. Maurice Munthali said Mtambo’s endorsement of the UTM-MCP alliance is a morale booster.
“With such endorsements, victory is guaranteed in the forthcoming fresh election,” Munthali said.
UTM Party national campaign director Lucius Banda saluted Mtambo for his unrelenting and vigilant efforts to liberate the country.
Mtambo has been leading a series of protests that at times turned ugly to push for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and her fellow commissioners to resign for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 2019 presidential election.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Hahaha funny uh
I eat nsima not politics I just like when you guys are fighting for worldly pleasure
Welcome to the world of politics my brother just be safe you made a wrong move
There is no way any level-headed Malawian can follow Mtambo’s move. If he is to inspire voters from all corners of the country, including people from his own village in Chitipa, he should first of all apologize for all the atrocities he committed against our beloved country. Whether he join hands with Saulosi or Lazalo wa umphawi to oust Pitala, is immaterial. People like Ollen Mwalubunju and Undule Mwakasungula who once headed his (Mtambo’s) CHRR, realized that confrontational approaches on national issues do not yield any results in a democratic country like ours. By the way how sure are you… Read more »
Mwati MCP wining? Kikikikik koma kulota saletsanadi.
Mtambo wangophwanyitsapo mutu wa Mayaya ulele apa hahaha.
By the way, which sane Malawian can really rally behind the militant and egocentric mtambo? Do you really see a leader in mtambo? Chamba chili thooo mmutu!!.
APM akukumvetsani nyekhwe eti?
Mtambos coming won’t change the political landscape in Malawi and there is nothing fancy about it. Zikundikaikitsabe Kuti MCP itha kutenga boma. Zonamizana zokhazokha komabe poti kulota saletsana zioneka zokha. Ovota ali mmidzimu.
Mtambo wagwa nayo game. He has failed to force MEC commissioners out of office despite violent protests backed by Saulosi and Chakwera. Now he is expecting udindo kuchokera ku MCP. As second Vp.,Shameful move., come into the political arena and we see if you will attract people !! Never
wachita bwino amayamba kuzimva kumanyozanso a china Sembereka ndi Trapence.
aona nyehkwe tsopano siamafuna ndale.
a McP samalani uyu is from the north chipani chanucho will destroyed by him akuti akufuna abweze zomwe munawachita achina Dunduzu chisiza abweza ndi Mtambo.
achewa ndi ife a tumbuka sitiyenderana…achewa mutisamale.
Mtambo will merge with SKC ma president achinyamata iwe chakwera samala uli mmadzi.
Mia chenjera u were just being used open your eyes now.
Bravo our fellow northerner Timothy we will rally behind u to win the glory to the North now .
Mtambo failed to remove Jane Ansah sc from office, how do we expect him to remove APM from office. Let’s wait until time judge us
Don’t be cheated. This is a come back of MCP PARA MILITARY WING formally known as MYP which was formed out of Youth league.
Who are members of the movement top leadership ? A serious and sober person would have announced the movement in company of interim executive members not ma bodyguard.
Will his supporters come from dpp and udf? If not, what change does the movement bring
A very brave move from a very brave man who is able to use his juju/khoza to fight for a man of God.
Welcome to the real world.
It finally looks like the idea to legalise gaja by APM is paying off.