Police arrested Wells Tsidya Phiri, 34 as a suspected author of a purported resignation letter of Malawi President Joyce Banda advising the Speaker of Parliament that she can no longer execute duties due to alleged “health problems”.
Tsidya Phiri a former security guard is said to have been used by former ruling DPP officials, according to police sources.
He was arrested on March 6 but his lawyer Moses Nkhono has stopped representing him after disagreeing on a number of contractual issues. The suspect claims that he is poor health.
The letter claimed that President Banda had decided to resign following doctors’ advice.
But Banda, on her return from Equatorial Guinea, reacted angrily to the letter and put up K2 million (about $5 000) bounty for anyone who would provide information about the authors.
But National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo refused to be drawn to comment much on arrests.
After the President’s announcement of the K2 million reward in February, a union of vendors chairpersons in Zomba pledged to add K100 000 (about $250) to the informant.
After the release of the letter which highly circulated on social forums, State House dissociated itself from the letter saying at no time did Banda explicitly or implicitly resign as Malawi’s Head of State.