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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23 thoughts on “MP Chakwantha ‘hands himself in’: Malawi WhatsApp coup plot”

  1. jaha jaha says:

    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

  2. thruth says:

    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

  3. gift gift says:

    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

  4. BOKHO says:

    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.

  5. Mboloyambuzi says:

    Hahahaha . U can’t fight the government.

  6. Ken says:

    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

  7. Kanyimbi says:

    Only the courts can prove someone innocent or guilty.

  8. James Tsamwa says:

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

  9. Nyabufu says:

    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.

  10. Chatsika says:

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

  11. Kamano Banda says:

    Treason charge on Police bail. Are the Attorney General and Director of Public Persecution doing their work? Has the Police swiftly concluded the investigation to warrant bail? If so congratulations!

  12. richard says:

    No no no lets keep peace and hamon calm and love. As kamuzu teached us. All part go to negosiation table until u end ur dislipute there. Lets together keep our simbol home heart of africa . Dont even try to desire other nation like egypt ,libia . It will be disester

  13. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    Chakwantha you are a true son of Malawi. These Bastards will not intimidate us from voicing out. Lets fight for the truth. God is on our side and this government’s ambition to silence critics shall not prevail because we shall always criticise wrong doing. Dzuka Malawi Dzuka

    Kwachaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

  14. therere says:

    come 2019 it will be another land slide victory for DPP as MCP is busy rebuilding and rebuilding

  15. Kodi agaru inu a MCP! Mumaganiza zoti Chakwera adzalamuliranso Malawi pansi pa MCP? Munthuyu ndakhala ndikukuuzani kuti tsiku lina Mulungu adzamuwonetsa kuti Mulungu ndi Mulungu. Adzikumvetsani chisoni munthu ameneyu inu a MCP! Tandimverani inu a MCP. Chakwera kwake nku chalichi osati ndale ayi. Inu anthu a nyau inu imvani zimenenzi!

  16. andrew james chiwanda says:

    AAAAH POLITICS IS NOT DEAL
    its beta to sweat for sweet

  17. Mtumbuka says:

    Stupid DPP, stupid DPP police. This will take these idiots nowhere. The more the police is abused to arrest people on trumped up charges the more the donors will hold on to their money. Should Malawians believe that the police is reformed? We have a police that has no guts to think and reason properly, a police with brains that are full of thobwa. Shame, shame, shame on this so called Inspector General and his kapokolas. What should be known here is that the DPP and their kapokolas have made the three MCP members heroes, but since they have the brains they will not go back to their cells to dirten the walls as ka APM and his fellow dull followers did at Lumbadzi.

  18. Eduardo Happy says:

    Achakwera please don’t rush just wait for 2019. You should be the first to respect leaders as leaders are chosen by God Himself. As a former church man you should know this.

  19. .... says:

    Kutuluka apolisi onse amfuti kukagwira harmless MP zoona?
    Koma kufufuza amene anapha Njaunju, zimenezo nde mukufufuzabe.
    Useless easily manipulated DPP Police.

  20. Mpunga Woviika..... says:

    Nde atabweretse chakudya ndi amenewo.inu mumalima stupid

  21. Patriot says:

    Kodi anapha NJAUNJU ndani?
    Chifukwatu Police yatuluka apa ndi mifuti yonse yaku reserve….kukagwira harmless unarmed MP?
    ANAPHA NJAUNJU NDANI AGALU INU?

  22. Mwana mpanindiwake says:

    Ana A Kamuzu amenewa ufumu upite kwa eniake alomwe alomwe ndiye kuti chani pano mwadzadza midzi ndi mmatauni acetral region lookig food foseki pitani kwanu

  23. smart says:

    Gondwa ndi Gondwa Kusadziwa ntchito kumeneko.zinthu siziri bwino….nde china chizisekerera………..tsssssssiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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