Uladi storms Malawi Police station in ‘solidarity’: Msungama charged with sedition

A prominent Malawi Congress Party (MCP) official, Ulemu Msungama, has been charged with sedition over a conversation on WhatsApp that purportedly talks about how President Peter Mutharika could be toppled, police said on Monday.

Msungama: Charged with sedition

Msungama: Charged with sedition

Uladi Mussa (in suit) arriving at police station

Uladi Mussa (in suit) arriving at police station

Msungama—who was being held at Kanengo Police Station in Lilongwe before being moved to Area 30 police headquarters—was formally told of his sedition charge after his arrest on Sunday.

National Police Spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa has confirmed that Msungama has been charged with Sedition contrary to Section 51 of the Penal Code.

Gondwa said he could not comment much about the matter “to avoid obstructing the investigations.”

He, however, said Msungama has been released on police bail after being taken to Area 30 Police headquarters in the capital city for further questioning.

Police spokesman also confirmed hunt for MCP spokeswoman Jessie Kabwila and its legal advisor Lewis Chakhwantha on similar charges as those of Msungama.

Kabwila and Chakwantha are also members of Parliament (MPs), with the former representing Salima North West while the latter is legislator for Lilongwe Rural South West.

Meanwhile, Peoples Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa, secretary general Ibrahim Matola, Kamlepo Kalua, and Ralph Jooma visited Kanengo police station in the morning on Monday to give their moral support to Msungama on arrest widely condemned as “politically motivated.”

“We came here to visit Msungama who is a victim of political persecution and intimidation tactics,” said Mussa.

“Malawians will never again allow to be subjected to dictatorship. They will prevail, trust me,” he added.

Msungama stood on the MCP ticket for the Lilongwe City North East parliamentary election in the May 2014 polls.

He lost the election to Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Bentry Namasasu, but is challenging the results in court.

Meanwhile, social and political commentator Stanley Onjezani Kenani took to his Facebook page to condemn the arbitrary arrests, saying government wants to deflect attention from economic woes.

“Professor Mutharika wants a coup so bad. He wants something that people can talk about, other than his incompetence. So he has started tasking his agents to sniff Whatsapp groups, Facebook posts, anything that will help him cry wolf. But it won’t work,” wrote Kenani who is also a poet of refute.

“Malawians know it is silly to arrest people like Msungama for a chat in a Whatsapp group. Besides, whoever edited that chat was so dumb he forgot to put the dates in chronological sense. So what we have is a text sent on 29 January 2016 being responded to on 27 January 2016. How? That’s what happens when you put into intelligence bureaus people who are as dumb as a rock,” he added.

And Malawian flagship newspaper, The Daily Times in its editorial comment titled “It’s a democracy, not a police state” condemned the arrest, calling it “primitive operation.”

The paper called the seditious arrests as part of business as usual “mundane script”.

“Malawi is at crossroads and needs to encourage free speech so that the dominant views can survive and offer solutions,” reads the editorial.

It said Police should not be used as political tool and as weapons against political rivals.

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jbm
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7 months 2 days ago

We are fast aproaching April when we usually have timely deaths of autocratic leaders period.

Rift Valley
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Rift Valley
7 months 3 days ago

Holy Thursday is just round the corner

Pablo
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Pablo
7 months 3 days ago

No Comment in undemocratic country like Nyasaland, or risk being………………………………….

NZOZO KUNUNKHA
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NZOZO KUNUNKHA
7 months 3 days ago

Clueless idiots is sedition politically motivated? Is he denying the charges? Wait for your time.

Lets take our country back
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Lets take our country back
7 months 3 days ago

Mk577B

2016 welcome
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2016 welcome
7 months 3 days ago

The ides of March are come. Beware APM. I see your days are numbered. Malawi will not mourn but celebrate your demise

Joseph Msumba
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Joseph Msumba
7 months 3 days ago

Mumangatu aliyense!!!!!
Time has come kuti wina apitenso ndi cardiac arrest,OK Daniel Phiri number is close get ready guyssss

HPB
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HPB
7 months 3 days ago
If the Malawi constitution says that a citizen cannot talk about the need to change a government by PEACEFUL MEANS( demonstration, protest, recall procedures, impeachment, etc), then we need to amend the constitution immediately. It should always be remembered that any politician is elected by the people. He/she serves as a prevailage NOT entitlement to hold elective office. The people are the sovereign. The answer to people’s discontent is communication. People must know that government cares about the concerns of the citizens; explain what is being done; the challenges being met and seek constructive engagement as happened at the recent… Read more »
Tiwapochere
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Tiwapochere
7 months 3 days ago

Mutharika’s are failures. They both failed in the diaspora and in their presidencies. Their problem is one. Instead of using their education for the good of the society, they use it for pomposity, exactly like Matthews Mtumbuka.

Kabilaboza Kabuka
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Kabilaboza Kabuka
7 months 4 days ago

Where else on earth, sedition case given a bail. As a layman of laws, it clearly shows that the trump up charges are politically Dausi fashioned. To hell with DPP

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