4 lawyers withdraw from Bushiri bail bid: Legal team shake-up, Wapona steps in

Four private practice lawyers have withdrawn from representing  embattled charismatic Prophet Shepherd Bushiri  in the ongoing bail application scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Lilongwe, shaking up the preacher’s legal team after they agreed that Wapona Kita will be their attorney.

Wapona Kita: Lead lawyer for Bushiri –Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times
Vendors storm court premises in support of Bushiris

Bushiri initially hired private practice lawyers Lusungu Gondwe, Noel Chalamanda, Bright Theu and  Khumbo Soko.  The four  have since stepped aside from the legal team.

Reports that Allan Chinula SC was hired to represent Bushiri were not confirmed by both the lawyer and Bushiris.

Soko confirmed  that he has withdrawn from representing Bushiri but did not give reasons.

Lawyer Kita has since been drafted to be the attorney for the prophet as he applies for bail.

Kita said the application will be before Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba. He said the Bushiris will come in person.

The two spent a night at Lingadzi police station following their surrender to the police on Wednesday after the Malawi authorities were issued with an Interpol arrest and on the Bushiris by the South African state.

The police have since beefed up security at the Court in Lilongwe as several people including vendors have flocked to the court to witness the bail application hearing.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself concerned vendors has stormed the court in Lilongwe pleading with government not to agree to the proposed extradition of the Bushiris to South Africa.

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Sikusinja
Sikusinja
11 days ago

5

Gilbert Chimphamba
Gilbert Chimphamba
11 days ago

Mphechepeche mwa njobvu sapita kawiri, dont go back there you are a world figure now, preach to them the truth and dont be scared your home is malawi but you can go and invest in many countries , RSA is not the only country on the planet.

Prosper
Prosper
11 days ago

Just like the Trump election case where reputable lawyers have preferred to withdraw to conserve their integrity and reputations. This case has extradition written all over!

Nation Banda
11 days ago

No country hands over it’s citizen to another country in baseless claims. South Africa is failing to extradite Gupta from India and now they want to show their ability on Bushiri. Whether Bushiri is a true prophet or not, but as a Malawian citizen he shouldn’t be handed over to a foreign authority just like that; should he be handed over, we should all be highly worried that we don’t have protection even from our own country.

Law Abiding SAn
Law Abiding SAn
11 days ago
Reply to  Nation Banda

Ha ha ha, your comprehension of the situation leaves a lot to be desired. The Guptas don’t have a criminal case against them as yet.

Let’s talk once the current commission investigating state capture is finalized. The last time I checked an extradition treaty between SA and the UAE was being put in place if not finalized already.

Great!
Great!
12 days ago

Smart men of integrity!! Thank you for withdrawing from this case because your legacies and integrity were on line

James Banda
James Banda
11 days ago
Reply to  Great!

Which integrity?

JONES
JONES
12 days ago

Bushiri is a Gama from Ntcheu. His parents went to the north in Zolokere -Hewe are tobacco farmers.
Do not castigate Kasambara and Kita in this matter. They are free to represent anybody.

Sinoya
Sinoya
11 days ago
Reply to  JONES

kumukana lero? His mother is from the north.

Nyambo
12 days ago

Nyasa talk to Ephraim, Bushiris spokesand hear what he says, Kita is only doing the bail part the others are working on the extradiction part. He has explained about this clearly

tiyowoye nyasulu
tiyowoye nyasulu
12 days ago

they will grand him bail. Accused Ntumbuka, magistrate Ntumbuka, lawyer Ntumbuka

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
11 days ago

zoona zeni zeni ndithudi

Easy to tell
Easy to tell
12 days ago

Wherever there is wapona just know there is Ralph kasambara, criminal cases require criminal lawyers

Koka
Koka
12 days ago

Weapona Kita is Ralph Kasambala’s boy. Kasambala is a known confidant of Bushiri.

So not surprised at all.

Clever move by the other lawyers for withdrawing. They don’t want to be muddied up with the dodgy fake prophet. These lawyers know there is life away from Bushiri.

The lawyers would have been potential target for reprisal by SA government. Who knows?

Jemusi
Jemusi
12 days ago
Reply to  Koka

So what?

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