Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, a former spokesman of late president Bingu wa Mutharika, has been arrested on allegations that he was inciting venderos to revolt against government.
Nyasa Times reported last week that Lilongwe Magistrate Court has issued a warrant of arrest to police for former politician, journalist-cum-activist Mtumodzi and police detained him on Wednesday in the capital city at Lingadzi Police.
The team from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had been hunting for Mtumodzi since the warrant was issued but could not found him.
Asked where he was, Mtumodzi simply said: “I have been around.”
Mtumodzi said he has been arrested the meeting he was organising with the vendors under the Reform to Transform movement led by Presdient Peter Mutharika’s fierce critic, Z Allan Ntata.
Lilongwe police station spokesman Kingsley Dandaula confirmed the arrest to Nyasa Times.
“I can confirm we have indeed arrested Mr Mtumodzi,” said Dandaula.
“We have charged him with conduct likely to cause breach of peace and obstructing a police officer whilst on duty,” he added.
Mtumodzi said the meeting with vendors was organized to finding a solution on how to recover the confiscated goods from LCC or get compensation from government’s Youth Development Fund (YEDEF)’s K6 billion.
“As patriotic Malawians and good Christians we feel sorry for our brothers whose goods were confiscated. These vendors depend on vending for survival and looking at the current financial crisis that this country is currently going through, we feel it’s not fair,” said Mtumodzi.
Meanwhile, Mtumodzi has been taken to Lilongwe City Centre clinic after a health scare.
He is being treated under police guard after a high blood pressure attack.
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