2 Chilima aides released on bail: Valera, Unyolo arrested for ‘acting suspiciously’

Deputy Minister of Homeland Security  Charles Mchacha and Director of National intelligence Bureau Elvis Thodi are the ones behind the arrest of Vice President Saulos Chilima’s two personal assistants on Sunday for “acting suspiciously” at Chiwanja Cha Ayao launch in  Balaka graced by President Peter Mutharika.

Valera and Unyulo being recorded statements at Balaka police
UTM supporters who gathered at Balaka Police Station

Police sources confided in Nyasa Times that the two issued instructions to have Joshua Valera and Kushi Unyolo arrested when they went to deliver a gift from their boss at  the cultural function.

” We just received instructions that we should arrest the two because it was an intelligence issue.Maybe that is why we failed to properly charge them,” he said.

Malawi Police Services spokeaman James Kadadzera  said the two were arrested because they were “wandering about” at the Chiwanja Cha Ayo function “and they did not even occupy any seat.”

He said the two Chilima aides were acting “very suspiciously”  which attracted security attention.

“When they were approached, they ran away so police followed them  until they apprehended them.”

Chilima who was attending a funeral  in Balaka on Sunday stormed the police  station upon hearing the arrest of his aides and  demanded answers on what he called arbitrary arrests.

He left the police station at nearly 7PM amid cheering from UTM supporters  who gathered at the  station . The UTM supporters kept singing anti-government songs.

UTM has since  described the arrest as politically motivated.

The spokesman for UTM party Joseph Chidanti Malunga said in a statement that Valera and Unyolo were  detained at Balaka Police Station “without lawful justification.”

Reads the statement in part: “We would like to remind the Police that this Country is governed by laws and any unlawful arrest can not be tolarated.”

Chidati Malunga said they are concerned that as the country is fast-approaching the May 21 Tripartite elections, the police are being used “to persecute those in the opposition.”

Said Malunga: “ Police should desist from being used by politicians as this is contrary to their code of conduct and the statute regulating police conduct.

“In 1993 Malawians voted for a change so that they can do away with Police brutality. Such careless acts and conduct can easily lead to chaos and unrest  endangering our hard won democracy peace and tranquility.”

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TRUE MALAWIAN
TRUE MALAWIAN
1 year ago

Reminds me of Sonny’s letta. by muta where sonny was arrested for looking sus (suspicious)

Mazira a Bakha
1 year ago

Mbava zachabechabe izi zisiyeni. All they wanted iwowo was to confuse Chilima coz akuwapweteka kwambiri akaba akuwayanika poyera. Tangoganizani ina yatulukaso pompano ya 54 billion and OPC is the main culprit. Eish!!!

Domasi
Domasi
1 year ago

Do we have two Penal Codes in Malawi? The Malawi Penal Code and the DPP Penal Code? ……….which one are we following?

Namaseko
Namaseko
1 year ago

Can somebody be sued for false imprisonment please! Now Mr Malseche this is what we call reall foolishness okay!

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago

I didn’t know that in Malawi we have many bone heads.

Ida
Ida
1 year ago

Koma iwowa amathawa chani?

Roll out ATI now
Roll out ATI now
1 year ago
Reply to  Ida

Samathawa ndizabodza. What do you expect the Police to say

mwenye
mwenye
1 year ago

Chilima’s mum is Nee Valera. One of the guys implicated the lost but found laptop at MEC was Valera. Pakuyenda bwanji pamenapa.

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago
Reply to  mwenye

Implicated by who nanunso?

zaife izi
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

sumadzitsata iwe big man

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago
Reply to  zaife izi

Nanga tidzitsata mabodza a DPP? DPP propaganda is so weak to the point of being embarrassing. Primary school kids could come up with the same nonsense. Imagine a whole police force arresting people for walking around at a public function, and now you will end up spending millions of taxpayers money ferrying, feeding, and accommodating lawyers and policemen all over the place trying to waste the courts time over this stupidity.

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
1 year ago

This is what MCP used to do. DPP is using the same old fear mongering tactics which MCP used to silent anyone with opposing views…… Dausi knows

Maliseche
Maliseche
1 year ago

Is ” acting suspiciously ” a crime warranting arrest???????? Ayamba kale kujunjenjemera.

Mbelwa 5
Mbelwa 5
1 year ago

So the whole police spokesperson can tell me that out of all the people who attended to this function yesterday, only these 2 guys had no seat! U mean the rest were seated? What’s the qualification of becoming ba Police SP?

tman
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbelwa 5

are you not aware of these nusty guys,amathawa chani if they were innocent,let me ask you?

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago
Reply to  tman

Ukunama pumbwa iwe, no one was running from anything. Even the event organizers have said on radio that they are surprised with the arrests as they received the 2 UTM representatives and saw nothing suspicious at the event. Apa pokha mulipila ndalama.

Mr Chisale
Mr Chisale
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbelwa 5

Pajatu oyipa athawa yekha. So if they were not wrong, why were they running away?

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