No bail for Mvula, Gomba: Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda opts out of case

Five suspects  described as hardcore  criminals by police connected to the possession of arms used to murder people during several robberiesremain in custody after their  bail application at High Court failed as Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda recused himself in a case.

Dumisani Mvula: Charged

Dumisani Mvula: Charged

The five are Dumisani Mvula (23) from Bango Village, T/A Kaluluma in Kasungu; Chipiliro Gombwa (38) from Kayera Village, T/A Nthache in Mwanza;  Dickson Magombe (36) from Chipwaila Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikumbu in Mulanje; Andrew Machinjili (29) from Kampepuza Village, sub-T/A Phambala in Ntcheu; and Charles Burnett Kawelama (47) from Nyamero Village, T/A Kuntumanji in Zomba.

Blantyre Magistrate’s Court committed the proceedings to High Court.

According to court records, the five face two counts of murder contrary to Section 209 of the Penal Code.

But Justice Nyirenda opted out of the case and could not hear the bail application.

Lawyer Chancy Gondwe defending the accused said Judge Nyirenda is of the view that “a judge who should preside over the substantive matter should also preside the bail application.”

The judiciary will assign another judge to preside over the case.

Mvula a son of politician Humphrey Mvula,  Gombwa  son of  Blantyre based medical practitioner Randy Gombwa and Kawelama were arrested during the night of January 2 and, according to police, a pistol and a pump gun were recovered during their arrest which officers of the law described as police intelligence.

Magombe was arrested on January 3 this year whereas Machinjili was already on remand at Chikwawa Prison on a robbery offence when it was alleged that he is connected to the two murders, according to the court records.


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9 thoughts on “No bail for Mvula, Gomba: Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda opts out of case”

  1. Harry Banda says:

    Every offender should face the law,no matter where they are coming from.

  2. Ghhhh says:

    Zitsiru za anthu

  3. forgive them says:


  4. Ronnex Makuluni says:

    Yah!!! It is really a sad note to learn the arrest of Gombwa’s son.
    Dr Gombwa took the life of our late sister Getrude Makuluni as his own daughter!!!
    Tears all over for Gombwa’s family with this shocking news!!!
    Muuzonse timulole Ambuye kuti akhale Loya wamkulu wa banja la a Gombwa!!!!

  5. Mr goats man says:

    This is what sons of well to do people are doing in Malawi, smoking hemp, drinking beers like there is no tomorrow, womanizing and engaging shady deals. That these boys were criminal has long been known, they will not go to prison just because their parents have money and have hired a good lawyer. But mark this space, they will hit an innocent person again in the near future. So I hope the judge will consider this before letting them go. And one of them his father has guns without papers, so this is not surprizing. Like father like son.

  6. Zex says:

    Anthu oipa amenewo kukanakhala maiko ashaliya akanangophedwa basi amenewo.

  7. Malawi citizen says:



    This is a sad situation. I know one of the accused and his parents, in fact I used to work for his Dad’s private Hospital as nurse before I moved to UK. He had a good up bringing that most of Malawians can just dream of. He went to the most top private school in Blantyre and eventually went to America . when I read about this story I was so shocked.At the same time they say the accused is innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. My heart and prayers goes out to his mum and dad who are not only well respected people in Malawi, but they are devoted christians who have done so much to so many and for them to face this kind of sad news about their son it is heart breaking

  9. Hamizi says:

    Why are you repeating the ages of suspects?

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