Vocal rights activist, Timothy Mtambo, has announced his immediate resignation from Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) based-civil society activism and advocacy and formed a new political movement called Citizens for Transformation (CFT)-People Power Movement.
Mtambo, who is well known by his fearless leadership he portrayed at Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), made the announcement at a press conference in Lilongwe on Wednesday morning.
Ntambo said: “Fellow Malawians, it is abundantly clear that the current president and his team have failed to lead this country out of the crisis and therefore, having diligently studied the problems haunting and hurting this country and the dangerous path the DPP leadership has taken, I am left with no choice but to pursue a political route and join fellow Malawians who have openly challenged Peter Mutharika’s bid for presidency in the forthcoming elections.
“It is in light of this that I have decided to pursue a liberation and transformation movement which I will be launching soon.”
According to Mtambo, the revolutionary movement is aimed at rescuing the country from what he termed “the Democratic Progressive Party oppressive rule”.
He further revealed that the CFT has endorsed the UTM and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) alliance and will carry mass campaigns for people to vote for the alliance ahead of the fresh presidential polls slated for July 2.
Meanwhile, MCP spokesperson, Reverend Maurice Munthali, has expressed gratitude with Mtambo’s endorsement, describing it as “a morale booster to the party”.
Commenting on Mtambo’s move to join politics, one of the country’s Political analysts, based at University of Livingstonia, George Phiri, described it as a steppingstone towards good governance in the country.
“Mtambo is one of the few people who has the interest of Malawians at heart hence the move is for the good of the majority and needs to be supported,” said Phiri.
And reacting to this, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) through its vice chairperson, Gift Trapence, said the coalition has received Mtambo’s resignation and soon their position will be made.