Malawi Police continue to hold in detention the youthful UDF presidential aspirant Atupele Muluzi even after 48 hour bail requirement, annoying his father, the former Head of State Bakili Muluzi.
Lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale said he had asked the Police to release the lawmaker on bail but the officers have been coy to grant bail to Atupele.
There is fear among the rank and file of Police to act on the bail issue as the arrest of Atupele is said to have been sanctioned by President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Human rights defenders and activists have said Atupele is facing political persecution.
Speaking from Cape Town in South Africa where he has been receiving treatment, the former president said he was not happy with the continued detention of his son.
“It is illegal to continue holding Atupele as a detainee even after 48 hours,” said Muluzi.
He demanded “unconditional release” of Atupele “immediately.”
Muluzi said he was sad that his son was being persecuted.
He indicated that he will return to Malawi on Saturday after asking his doctors for time to be with his son.
Meanwhile, the condition of Atupele Muluzi is reported to be worsening asthe Machinga North East legislature who has had High Blood Pressure has also been diagonized with Malaria.
UDF deputy publicist Ken Ndanga who visited young Muluzi on Thursday evening at Lilongwe City Center Clinic confirmed the development. Atupele has since been moved to Mwaiwathu Private hospital in the commercial capital Blanytre with police escort.
Ndanga said like anybody else, Atupele is surprised that there is continued detention and that he is being denied bail after being under police custody for over 48 hours.
The constitution of the Republic of Malawi clearly states that any individual should be released after spending 48 hours under police custody.
UDF diehards from Mangochi and Zomba have been meeting and agreed to hold peaceful demonstrations against Atupele’s detention starting from today (Friday).
On Friday night, over 50 UDF officials and supporters spent a night at Lilongwe City Center Clinic where Atupele has been admitted under heavy police presence around the hospital premises.
Atupele was arrested on Tuesday at Bunda roadblock on his way to his base Blantyre from the capital City, Lilongwe.
He was taken to Lumbadzi Police Station before being transferred to heavily congested Maula prison on Wednesday morning where he later fell sick and taken to hospital.
According to police, Atupele is being charged of inciting violence which occurred last weekend involving the police and his followers.
The police were trying to stop Muluzi from addressing his supporters who gathered in Area 24, Lilongwe.
The angry mob later burnt down Area 24 Police Unit plus a motor vehicle when Atupele’s rally was brutaly stopped with tear gas.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :