The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has joined calls asking for the immediate release of human rights lawyer Ralph Kasambala saying his arrest and incarceration has vindicated an assertion that that the Bingu wa Mutharika government is indeed tyrannical.
The Synod said if Kasambala is not released it will continue praying and also engage government in contact and dialogue.
“Our stand is that his arrest is painting a bad picture of Malawi globally because in the 21st century no body experts a government to arrest people without specific reasons or charges. Why do they fear to release him on bail?” Synod Head Reverend Levi Nyondo said.
Reverend Nyondo said this during a news conference held at Bandawe School for the Hearing Impaired in Nkhata Bay district on Friday.
Nyondo was at Bandawe to participate in the ground breaking ceremony of a Girls’ Hostel donated by Lions Aid Norway.
Malawi Police Service National Spokesperson Davie Chingwalu is on record saying Kasambara could not be released on bail because he was answering criminal charges.
“I don’t know whether he was saying that basing on the constitution of Malawi or anything else. When did they charge him? And if he had others and they have been bailed out, why not him?” Reverend Nyondo queried.
Reverend Nyondo the Synod is praying for the well being of Kasambala saying he is going through a very tough time.
“Today it might be Kasambara but tomorrow it could be someone else. So we are afraid that is this the democracy we fought for. I think something somewhere is wrong,” he said.
Kasambara’s arrest came days after weekly newspapers quoted him saying President Bingu wa Mutharika “wants to be a dictator” and should be impeached.