Relatives of 20 year-old Davie Kadzuwa Banda killed by a businessman Ali Kaka Chinemba have questioned the integrity of the High
Court of Malawi in Blantyre for releasing the accused killer on bail.
The court last week Friday, in judge’s chamber, granted bail to Chinemba charged of murder for allegedly killing Banda with a pump gun in Manja Township, Blantyre earlier this month.
But the deceased relatives have questioned the manner in which the bail was granted, claiming “money exchanged hands’ to influence
Blantyre police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala confirmed the court granted bail, which was concealed from the public and the deceased relatives as well.
The deceased uncle, Ganizani Jeremiah told Nyasa Times they only learnt about the granted bail through some well-wishers.
“We were told by the court sitting in the judge’s chamber two weeks ago that family members will not be allowed to partake in the bail hearing proceedings only to be informed by people of good will that the suspect has been granted bail.”
Jeremiah argued they were expecting the suspect to remain on remand at Chichiri prison due to nature of the case, insisting Chinemba’s political connections influenced in his release.
“It is very strange and we are very surprised that the court decided to grant him bail. There was surely corruption involved. Being a murder case we expected him to remain on remand until the case is over but what happened is strange,” complained Jeremiah.
But Chinemba’s lawyer Zwelithini Chipembere argued “every suspect has a right to bail despite the severity of the offense.”
Chinemba himself has been flashing photos of him on Facebook travelling all over as a “free man.”
Police and State Advocate told Nyasa Times earlier this month that Chinemba was supposed to remain on remand for about three months before trial starts after the court had deferred its ruling on the bail application to a later date.
The murder suspect handed himself to Soche Police on August 4th , 2014 for killing Davie Kadzuwa Banda after picking a quarrel over a wrongly parked lorry that was off-loading sand next to his house in Manja Township.
Kaka once faced the arm of law in February 2012 when he was arrested together with lawyer Ralph Kasambara and three others for detaining and assaulting three people who reportedly attempted to assassinate Kasambara and petrol-bomb his offices and residence in Blantyre.
He was also once arrested at Chileka Airport for allegedly using his father’s passport to travel outside the country.
Kaka has twice tried his lucky in the political field but miserably failed to make it to the National Assembly after losing the Blantyre
City South Parliamentary elections consecutively- 2009 and 2014.