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HRDC chair under siege

Unknown assailants petrol-bombed a house belonging to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, at his home village in Ishalikira, Traditional Authority, Mwaulambya in Chitipa District yesterday.

Mtambo and Chitipa Police spokesperson, Gladwell Simwaka, confirmed the incident, saying no injury had been recorded.

The incident adds to the series of petrol bombs that have been recorded this month alone as the country is going through civil unrest.

Mtambo said the attackers, who were driving, threw a petrol bomb aiming at the main house but it landed on the kitchen roof.

“They were targeting the main house. When they threw the bomb it landed on the kitchen. Family members heard the noise and woke up quickly and doused the fire. Community members also rushed to the scene after they heard screams and the assailants, who were on a vehicle, left,” he said.

Three petrol jerry cans were found on the premises, one filled with petrol while two were empty.

Simwaka said no arrests had been made but the police were investigating the matter.

Under the leadership of Mtambo, HRDC has been organising protests aimed at pushing for Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah’s resignation for allegedly overseeing a fraudulent electoral process.

Mtambo also had his house and office petrol-bombed recently.

Early this month, a police motor vehicle killed Timothy Mtambo’s uncle Binwell Mtambo.

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