By Malawi Freedom Network
Activist Timothy Mtambo Survives Assassination
Unknown gunmen who in the dead of Friday night trailed the Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leader, Timothy Mtambo have failed to kill the activist as they missed their target in an assassination attempt.
In his narration, Mtambo said the gunmen started shooting his vehicle at Mtandile near Area 47 as he drove a Toyota D4D.
“Noticing that they were aiming at rear tyres, I slowed doubt before they drove past while still shooting, this time aiming at the driver’s door exactly where I was positioned,” Mtambo explained.
He said sensing impending danger, he made a u-turn and (together with his friend on passenger side) hid in area 47.
During the day before the shooting, some cabinet ministers held a joint press conference in Lilongwe where they accused the HRDC for causing the current political unrest.
Recently, Mtambo has during a couple of times been trailed by unknown and suspicious people one of them being an intelligence officer working with National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) whom the activist’s security detail had physically caught before handing him over to Lilongwe police.
The particular officer was identified by the HRDC security men as the one who attempted to plant a granade underneath HRDC vehicle parked at Cross Roads Hotel in Lilongwe on the day of talks between HRDC leadership and the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale.