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Malawi President Mutharika, police face backlash for being silence on Lilongwe’s petrol-bombed family

The late Seleman Tambala remains ready for burial on Friday, May 15, 2020

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi President Peter Mutharika and police service are facing heavy criticism for being silence over the Lilongwe’s petrol-bombing that happened last week.

The family of seven which were residing at UTM offices Area 24 in the capital Lilongwe were on Tuesday, night May 5, 2020 severely burnt following petrol-bombing by unknown thugs.

So far the mother, father and child have died due to severe injuries at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

Three children are still receiving medical treatment at KCH.

But since the incident happened, President Mutharika leadership including Malawi Police Services has not made any official statement over the matter.

Their silence on the matter has attracted backlash from the bereaved family, communities and UTM party officials.

On Friday, May 15, 2020 during the burial of bereaved family’s head (father) Seleman Tambala who died on Thursday, May 14 at KCH becoming third, attracted anger from the quarters of the society.

“I lost my younger sister including her child and husband whom we have buried today. I’m ran of words and how to handle the remaining children who are seven in total; three in hospital and four being housed.

“But since then no any government official or any word from President Mutharika. We are surprised as the family of their silence on the matter. However, we have just left everything in the hands of God,” worries Mercy Laisi, the grieved family member.

Area 24 Block leader (Senior Group William) chipped in; “I just heard that the police came and called for statement on what happened. But since then nothing serious is coming from police even a word from any government official.

“We are worried with their silence over this serious matter. But we have left everything in the hands of God that whoever did this will be known”.

The late Seleman Tambala’s bereaved family member

UTM National director of economic, planning and development Hannock Mabvuto Banda echoed on the same saying apart from the supporting the bereaved family the party is surprised with Mutharika leadership silence on the matter.

Banda added that government could have put politics aside by helping the bereaved family.

“The family of Mr Tambala was not a UTM party member. We just offered them a house to live while guarding our office as the family was homeless.These thugs just harmed innocent lives for nothing. But justice will prevail on the matter,” he said.

Malawi is expected to hold fresh presidential elections on July 2, 2020 following February 3, 2020’s Constitutional Court nullification of May 21, 2019 polls over numerous irregularities.

However, ahead of the polls, there has been spate of political violence in some parts of the country.


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