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, 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.
“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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :