Malawi police in Nkhotakota district on Thursday arrested Ackson Kalaile Banda (AKB) who is allegedly one of suspects that forged a resignation letter purportedly written by the country’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima.
Police arrested AKB,who is an operative for former ruling Peoples Party (PP) at his colleague’s residence where it is believed he was hiding.
The arrest comes barely weeks after the law-enfocers arrested another PP operative, Stella Asani and former President Joyce Banda’s sister, Cicilia Kumpukwe in connection with the same issue.
The two were released on bail by the court of law in Lilongwe after spending days in police custody.
National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera was elusive when asked about the arrest, saying he was yet to be officially briefed.
However, senior police officers confirmed Kalaile Banda’s arrest, disclosing he was taken to Nkhunga Police Station in district waiting for national police.
“He must have been transferred to Area 30 police by now. He was at his colleague Mr. Nkhoma where he was keeping some of his items after going into hiding,” one of the officers told Nyasa Times.
Kalaile Banda was reported to have left the country through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) soon after Asani’s arrest in Blantyre.
Kalaile Banda is PP operative and has been critical of government on the social media, accusing it of trying to suppress his freedom.
During Asani’s arrest at her residence in Galiva, Blantyre the law-enforcers confiscated laptops, desktop computers, and internet gadgets among other ICT materials.
“By set of things, her house seemed to be a hub of their operations. But it’s too early to speculate and start releasing information. We are handling the issue with strictness to avoid jeopardizing the investigations,” one officer told Nyasa Times then.
During the Easter holidays, the social media was awash with what was later discovered to be a fake resignation letter by Chilima.
The State House and Chilima’s office dismissed the letter as not authentic, government warned it will hunt down those behind the act.
In the letter with a State seal and dated April 15, 2017, Chilima is claimed to be dismayed over President Peter Mutharika led government’s failure to meet the developmental agenda that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) promised during campaign.
The letter further claims that Chilima is unhappy over a media blackout from the State broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Station (MBC).
“Within the next 12 months I will resign and withdraw my services while transitioning to my successor,” reads part of the letter that has been disowned by Chilima through his press aide Pilirani Phiri.
State House press office dismissed the letter and urged the public to treat it as bogus.
It was observed that those who wrote the letter used a fake type of paper than that the Veep usually uses in corresponding with the President and that the signature was not that of Chilima.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :