A police vehicle killed Binwell Mtambo—uncle to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo—in Chitipa Thursday evening.
Chitipa Police spokesperson Gladwell Simwaka said the vehicle was on its way to the Boma.
“Our vehicle was coming from Lufita, heading to town, but around Meru Filling station, it hit Binwell Mtambo, who was on a bicycle.
“The incident happened at around 7.30pm on Thursday,” he said.
HRDC coordinator for Chitipa, Sydney Simwaka, said the vehicle had allegedly no head lights.
“We went to police after the incident, but it seems the vehicle in question does not have lights and this may have led to the accident.
“Burial will take place on Saturday [today], but this is a very sad moment to the HRDC community,” said Simwaka.
Meanwhile, the HRDC chairperson [Mtambo] has expressed shock at the death of his uncle.
“We are yet to find out really what happened, so far all we have heard is that it was a police vehicle that hit him and we want to get details,” he said.
Under the leadership of Mtambo, the HRDC has been organising protests aimed at forcing the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah.
They accuse Ansah of overseeing a fraudulent electoral process.