State rights body launches probe into CHRR petrol bomb: National Advocacy Platform speaks out

State rights body, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has launched an investigation into the petrol bombing of vocal civil rights activist Timothy Mtambo’s offices last week.

Nungu: MHRC is investigating the matter

MHRC executive secretary David Nungu whose organization visited the offices of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), offices of Mtambo on Monday, declared that an attack on one civil right activist is an attack on all civil rights activists.

“We will work with the police to ensure that the perpetrators face the law. This is a criminal matter. The police are competent enough to handle this matter,” said Nungu.

The thugs also hacked a guard at the offices after he refused to give them directions to the residence of Mtambo.

In an interview later, Mtambo maintained that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadet roughnecks were behind the petrol bombing.

He said the ruling party wants him and other activists to stop demanding transparency, accountability and good governance from president Peter Mutharika.

Mtambo said the staff are now working in fear following the petrol bomb attack.

“But we are not going to surrender, we will continue to do our work without fear or favour,” he said.

He said CHRR will cooperate with the MHRC on the investigations so that the culprits are taken to book.

Meanwhile, the National Advocacy Platform (NAP) is an inclusive coalition of over 65 civil society and citizen groups in Malawi set to track the formulation and implementation of policy instruments in pursuance of freedoms and human rights enshrined therei, has added its voice to condemn the CHRR office attack.

NAP says in a statement signed by its board chairperson Benedicto Kondowe that it  firmly hold that the attacks are retrogressive as well as a calculated move to instill fear among human rights defenders in the discharge of their noble cause.

It reads: “NAP is fully aware that the said attempted attack was as a result of CHRR’s continued advocacy role in demanding accountability, good governance and rule of law, and it is therefore undoubtedly compelling that this attack is reasonably directly linked to fully hatched “ndizawanyenyanyenya operation” (literally meaning I will deal with them).”

NAP said the petrol bomb attempt and attack of the guard at CHRR offices  is a remiscence of the old party regime where dissent attracted murder at the hands of government.

The organisation said it rejects “this calculated trajectory into the past, and that any attempt to rekindle such memories will be met with unprecedented resistance that this country has never seen before.”

The statement calls on ruling  DPP to exonerate itself from this barbaric act based on its earlier utterances against critics.

“We therefore categorically remind the DPP government that no government is greater than the entities that constitute it. For this reason, we further wish to put on record that an attack on innocent Malawians or human rights defenders is an attack on all Malawians. It is a sign of absence of government because truly speaking no responsible government would condone direct attack against dissent in a multi-party democracy,” says the statement.

NAP pointed out that some regime attacks such as the  arson of 2011 for the same CHRR  as well as those targeting  activist Rafiq Hajat, Rev. MacDonald Sembereka, legislators . Boni Kalindo, and Jessie Kabwira have never seen light by the end of the day.

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3 years ago

Is Police competent to handle such matter? I doubt, they may have the capacity, but not competent. Otherwise outstanding cases would have been resolved and even the Mangochi case would have been resolved by now. Nakonso kwachuluka a Pumbwa

3 years ago

Fellow Malawians, as long as DPP is in power these attacks WILL NEVER END. DPP is terrorist organization full of blood in its hands. Unfortunately, our police is 101% an arm of this terrorist organization. God feels sorry for Malawi and will do everything possible to liberate us. Mark my words today is 4th September 2018

Hard Truth
Hard Truth
3 years ago

What if the perpetrator is Mtambo himself? What are you going to do? And just an observation, the names mentioned in the article (Benedicto Kondowe, Nungu and Mtambo) display the WAKWITHU support syndrome. Do not TUMBUKALIZE this country. Kumachitako manyazi zinazi atumbuka.

3 years ago
Reply to  Hard Truth

Have you lost your mind or not?

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