By: Vincent Gunde
The Karonga_ Chitipa Cultural Heritage has noted with serious alarm continued attack on the nationality of Mr. Timothy Mtambo, the HRDC National Chairperson and Executive Director of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation( CHRR).
The Heritage is calling upon everyone involved to stop peddling baseless, provocative, and divisive remarks on his nationality.
This is contained in a press statement dated 11th July, 2019 and signed by a Mr. Mwambila, its National Coordinator with a caption headline…. ” Attacks against Mr. Timothy Mtambo Nationality…. ”
In the statement which reads in part…. ” we can no longer be silent if one of our own is being attacked”….. the Heritage family believes that an attack on Mr. Mtambo, is an attack on the people of Karonga and Chitipa.
The Heritage believes that Mr. Mtambo is being targeted due to his hardline stance against wanton disregard for the country’s democratic tenets, including respect for human rights.
It observes that the smear campaign against Mr. Mtambo is simply one of the desperate attacks to muzzle critical voices as well as further shrink the civic space in the country.
In the statement, the Heritage is therefore affirming that Mr. Mtambo is a bona-fide citizen of the country, born and grew up with a national ID card of Chitipa and has attended Malawi’s education system from primary school in Chitipa to tertiary level at Chancellor College in Zomba saying it is disturbing and unfortunate for anyone to allege that Mtambo is a foreigner in Malawi.
Timothy Mtambo, had been a DPP government critic when he and his HRDC joined by two political parties, MCP and UTM called on Malawians to go on the streets for the resignation of Mec Chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah sc for declaring the fraudulent May 21 elections; free, fair, transparent and credible reflecting the will of Malawians.