Thugs petrol bomb Mtambo’s offices: CHRR suspect DPP behind the attack

Malawi Police have confirmed that a gang of five men armed with pangas and dangerous implements roughed up a guard at the offices of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in the capital, Lilongwe, demanding the address of its outspoken Executive Director Timothy Mtambo – who happens to be Human Rights Defender Coalition (HRDC) current chairman.

Mtambo  says he will not be intimidate and  protests still on September 7

Civil rights activists, through chat-rooms and blogs, have seen government’s hand in the attempt on Mtambo’s life because, apart from the demand of its Executive Director’s address, nothing was stolen at the CHRR office but they hacked a guard.

“The guard has been treated as an outpatient and has been referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital for further examination. He has suffered swollen head and two front teeth have been weakened,” said rights activist Gift Trapence.

G4 Security firm which are guarding the CHRR offices also confirmed the incident and said the matter was reported to Police.

National police deputy spokesman Thomeck Nyaude confirmed receiving the report and said they are investigating the matter.

But Trapence and Mtambo suspect the notorious ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to have carried out the attacks.

Mtambo said the DPP youths cadets came around seven or eight in the evening but when the guard shouted, they drove off only to retain three hours later.

“When they came back, they asked for my directions to my residence before they dropped the petrol bomb at the gate of our offices,” he said.

He said they hacked the guard after he refused to give them directions to the house of Mtambo.

“The guard was taken to hospital before we reported the matter to police,” he said.

He queried: “Why did they want to know where I live? It means they wanted to harm me.”

Mtambo said civil rights activists in Malawi are receiving anonymous phone calls threatening them with all sorts of harms, including death, for their open criticism of the DPP administration on economic and governance issues.

“These might be DPP cadets because we have been receiving threats from them. We strongly believe they are DPP cadets,” he said.

“The threats have come in many forms, some are death threats, others are messages that simply indicate that they (the civil society leaders) are being followed or traced and others are indicating that they will be dealt with in a variety of ways,” said the fearless activist.

Mtambo said the attack is “cheap and stupid intimidation tactic.”

He said defiantly: “They will not stop my quest for justice and better Malawi. That will not happen even over my dead and rotten body. I will hold them accountable even in the world of the dead and after life.”

The development follows reports that Youth and Society (YAS) executive director Charles Kajoloweka has said he has received a threatening phone call warning him of his impending death

But DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has rejected the claims, saying the DPP has no such time.

He said it is only the police which can come up with a professional investigation on who petrol bombed the offices.

DPP cadets petrol bombed the same offices seven years ago when the DPP founding leader Bingu wa Mutharika was in power.

Police fail to investigate issues to do with cadets as their commander in chief Peter Mutharika is also the president of the DPP.

Governance expert and commentator Makhumbo Munthali has asked President Peter Mutharika to provide assurances of the State’s protection to human rights defenders and critics of the regime.

Munthali said there has been some vestiges of intolerance to criticism by the current regime which did not only portray the picture of a leadership which accorded itself immunity to criticism, but also posed serious threats to the work of human rights defenders, public intellectuals, and the critics of the regime.

He said the  failure of the Police to institute and in some few cases conclude investigations into these alleged death threats has often given ammunition to the perpetrators of such threats to continue doing so knowing very well that no one will hold them accountable.

“Worse still, the failure of government to strongly assure protection to human rights defenders and public intellectuals as guaranteed by the Constitution has often led to the growing public perception that both government and the police are accomplice to this,” he said.

He said matters of death threats are not laughing matters especially as the country approaches the tripartite elections due May 21 2019.

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Bank Mkhonde Chafyontha
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Bank Mkhonde Chafyontha

Cadets posting and saying this is stage are probably the one’s conducting these atrocities. Nyasatimes I implore you to help track down this savagely in our country. Surely we can’t accept this to be a new norm in our country. We can’t be having people commit a crime and come here and brag about it as if Malawian life (except Mutharika’s) is cheap. Please use the tools available in your comment boxes to pin point these criminals’ ip addresses. You could either shame them by publishing them or forwarding them to relevant policing authorities. Everyone needs to play their rightful… Read more »

Tizanka
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Tizanka

This is staged and disgusting. It’s becoming a new wave in town now, staging shits for sympathy. Anyone who wants to pull up on this guy can’t use such a mature stunts. Tell this dude to suck my dick with his momma rips

Heavy-duty
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Heavy-duty

I don’t think kuti anthu ofuna kupanga chipongwe akuluwa angakafike kwa ma guard nkumati “Mtumbo amakhala kuti?” Guard nso amadziwa kumene ma staff members amakhala? It look more like a staged plot to get people’s attention ngati za Kamlepo zija. I think ma plan amuthera uyu basi. Man tazingomwani kachasu m’town mu, palibe akukufunani ayi, a Malawi atopa nanu. Ma vendor nso atopa nanu akuti mumawasokonezera ma business awo. Asavutitsa a Police zakumatako basi.

Napoleon muza
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Zina ukumva Kamba Anna Mwala ndithu. How cancan people who are serious do that cheap plan to come to office, ran and come back? Some people take Malawians as fools who will believe in anything they vomit. This is another Kamlepo style, staged to make others look bad. Are you sure Mtambo is it difficult to know where you stay and which bedroom you sleep, which pub you go in the country? You want to tell me Mtambo can hide where he stays. How can a G4 security guard know the map and address of a Mtambo. Howfortfied is the… Read more »

Chriss
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Chriss

Ask Dausi and Mchacha

African Incurable Disease
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African Incurable Disease

Hahahaha Really? I love you CSOs and I appreciate the work you are doing in this country. But this holy-crap staged-up petrol bomb is horribly embarrassing and insulting the intelligence of Malawians. No more further comment. I am just ashamed.

Mzozodo Pa Internet
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Mzozodo Pa Internet

Nyasatimes trace this mans ip address it must show on your system and pass it on to FBI or Scotland Yard. This comment cannot be by anyone other than the culprits themselves.

Aalex
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Aalex

My friend. Most DPP cadets are not like you who can manage to put down or artculate very well the way you sound. They are savages who can be used any time any how. Look at this savage who was beating up a guy in MCP cloth in Limbe market. You think that guy is good up stairs? That is how DPP cadets are. Savages. They stoppped using their brains and thats the only way they make a living. They get payed by these DPP officials, who to me are also a bunch of savages. The Mchachas and The Mullis,… Read more »

JKF
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JKF

Let’s say, I want to harm Mtambo. Can I go to his office at those hours when I know that Mtambo is not there so that the guards can give me the directions to his residence? And then immediately I start off to Mtambo’s residence after getting directions to his residence from the guards, the guards will call and warn Mtambo. Seriously, which an imbecilic thug can really do that? Even a stupid thug can never do it this way. Is it really difficult to know where Mtambo resides? Seriously NyasaTimes, do you really expect a sane person to believe… Read more »

Wanrike
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Wanrike

JKF, you are afool, DPP killers, they wanted the guard to take them to Mtambo house, what’s your reasoning shows that you were the one who did that

WOKWIYA
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WOKWIYA

OLD AGE IS A DISEASE AND IT BECOMES EVEN A BIGGER DISEASE WHEN YOU HIT THE EIGHTIES. STUPID TACTICS LIKE THREATENING THOSE WITH OPPOSING VIEWS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE OLD KAMUZU WAY OF THINKING.WHAT IF ALL OF US TARGET DPP OFFICES AND SUPPORTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY,SURELY NOT EVEN THE POLICE CAN PROTECT THEM.

Mzanga Dausi
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Mzanga Dausi

Kodi angakhalenso ndani, ndi Chaponda ameneyo. He knows impending demonstrations have the ability to bring down government. And any fall of APM is a cardiac arrest warrant for himself, a jail or suicide. You can only expect him to deal ruthlessly with UTM members and their supporters and CSOs.

Phsyuta5
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Phsyuta5

No tears for this idiot.

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