MP Chakwantha ‘hands himself in’: Malawi WhatsApp coup plot

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament for Lilongwe South West MP Peter Chakhwantha on Tuesday turned himself to Police after a warrant of arrest was issued for his arrest over a conversation on WhatsApp that purportedly talks about how President Peter Mutharika should be deposed.

Chakwantha off to hand himself in

Chakwantha off to hand himself in

Chakwantha, who is also MCP legal adviser, was reportedly seeking refuge at Germany embassy, but handed himself over to the police on Tuesday morning after dodging a massive police operation to arrest him  on Monday when he attended parliament.

“He left in the morning to hand himself to the police “, MCP Deputy Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka said from the capital Lilongwe.

Malawi police had said they wanted to arrest Chakwantha on charges of treason or sedition for statements he allegedly made WhatsApp.

Police spokesman Nicholous Gondwa said the cops were interested to question Chakwantha over allegations of proposing a coup.

According to police, the MCP members discussed how to conduct an insurrection similar to Egyptian revolt that brought down Hosni Mubarak after nearly three decades in power.

Legalwise: MCP lawyers, Gustav Kaliwo (secretary general) and Loius Chimango former Malawi Speaker

Legalwise: MCP lawyers, Gustav Kaliwo (secretary general) and Loius Chimango former Malawi Speaker

“If the investigations lead us into new avenues we will arrest more,” Gondwa said.

Police have already arrested MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila and another MCP member Ulemu Msungama on similar accusations.

On Monday, Dedza North West MP Alekeni Menyani and Lilongwe Msozi South MP Vitus Dzoole Mwale, both of MCP, informed the Speaker of Parliament of the crackdown on the opposition members.

As MPs were asking questions on a ministerial statement on the food situation which Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza presented to Parliament, some MCP MPs were seen assembling outside the chamber strategising  to get Kabwila and Chakhwantha out without police detection.

However, after the two MPs were evacuated from the confines of the National Assembly, opposition MPs marched to the scene where the police had mounted an “illegal” roadblock just by the Kamuzu Mausoleum on Presidential Way.

But Kabwila had been arrested outside the German Embassy, some 500 metres from Parliament as she attempted to seek protection.

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jaha jaha
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jaha jaha
7 months 6 days ago

Pezani ma advisor anzelu osati mbavazo zikuyipittsilani mbili enawo ngakhale kunyumba kwawo kulibe mtendere. Pezani anthu akuthandizani kukoza zinthu. Sukulu imachotsa umbuli okha koma uchitsilu suchoka

thruth
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thruth
7 months 6 days ago

okondedwa nonse a Malawi anzanga tiyeni ifeyo tisamakolezelenso moto zinthu zachonchi zikamachitika mudziko mwanthu muno,kodi tonse pamodzi sitingangogwa kuti Mulungu atikhululukile machimo athuwa?coz izi zikuchitika bcz of machimo omwe adzadza dziko lino

gift gift
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7 months 7 days ago

apitara ndiye mukkunamizidwa manga angati,bushiri akuthandiza anthu inu mukuti akufuna mpando wanu, mpandowo siwanu ayi panali kamuzu ,bakili,akulu anu,amai,so who are u to intimidate us nthawi ya reflandam munaliko inu? mukukolola posatulusira thukuta.36/ percent ndikuluza kumeneko.cardiirc is ffollowing

BOKHO
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BOKHO
7 months 7 days ago

Achoke pampando tikukamba ndife a Malawi. Don’t bullshit us you are childish. Simungalimbane ndi MCP munya muona agalu inu. Landslide yachani ngati zikukanikani pano. Anthu sakufuna.

Mboloyambuzi
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Mboloyambuzi
7 months 7 days ago

Hahahaha . U can’t fight the government.

Ken
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Ken
7 months 7 days ago

Wayiwelenga ameneyu kkkkkk. Akuziwa kuti akagwidwa masana akagona konko. Kutentha kumeneku kumakagona ku cell eish!!! But he is not a hero coz he has done nothing for him to be called a hero

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi
7 months 7 days ago

Only the courts can prove someone innocent or guilty.

James Tsamwa
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James Tsamwa
7 months 7 days ago

Peter ndi mbuzi yopanda mano mkamwa chitsiru cha zitsiru zonse muno mu Africa

Nyabufu
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Nyabufu
7 months 7 days ago

Peter Chitsiru cha president, Peter ndiwe mbuzi I have never seen a silly president who is also clueless and brainless. Thats why nvula yakuvutani ku south agalu inu. munya muona agalu.

Chatsika
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7 months 7 days ago

Well done boy, osawaopa awa. Am on my way in solidarity. Kwacha!

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