Chilima says UTM will not be intimidated: Condemns MP Kalindo’s arrest

Vice President  Saulos Chilima,  who is also  torchbearer of UTM Party in May 21 Tripartite elections, has condemned the arrest of UTM Youth Director Bon Kalindo on Thursday,  saying its a ploy to scare opposition figures and called on his supporters not to be intimidated.

Chilima and his wife, Mary, arriving at Salima rally venue

Kalindo’s arrest is DPP  government’s cheap move to attempt at thwarting the UTM morale.

Crowds at the UTM rallly in Salima

Chilima spoke at Matenje School Ground in Salima North East on Saturday  during a political rally that the country should not allow to slide back to the old regime of intimidation and scaring people.

“Some of us were here in 1992/93 when we were  fighting the one party rule and we will not allow to slide back,” said Chilima, who led a pro multi-party democracy group when he was a student at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi during the dawn of democrcay.

“Bon Kalindo is innocent and should be released,” Chilima demanded of Kalindo, the Mulanje South legislator, who is spending a weekend in police cell.

“There are people who have been stoning police stations and are left scot free because they belong to the ruling party. Just release him, he has done nothing wrong,” said a highly charged Chilima, warning the powers-that-be to think progressively and not retrogression.

Kalindo was arrested on Thursday on charges of disorderly conduct contrary to Section 153 (1) of the Police Act as well as insulting the President contrary to Section 4 of the Protected Flags, Emblems and Names Act.

Police accuses Kalindo that he was insulting President Pater Mutharika at Balaka Police Station where Chilima went last Sunday to find out the reasons for the arrest of his two aides Joshua Valera and Kushiro Unyolo who represented him at a cultural ceremony at Liwonde.

“Let me assure you that none of us will be intimidated by these arrests, they will just make us stronger. No one should intimidate you,” said Chilima.

“You are arresting us without any crime but let me assure you that when we get in government we will arrest those with crimes, those who have stolen from you. Others did not have money in 2014 but are building mansions in lakeshore districts, we will turn those into hospitals after May this year,” said Chilima.

He said ” it’s unfortunate that I do not have a screen, I would have played you a clip where someone was insulting the President but was not arrested.”

Chilima also condemned the killing of people with albinism and blamed government for failing to protect its people.

“This is so because the leaders are greedy, they are just interested of what they will get in their pockets,” said Chilima.

When Kalindo was appearing at the Zomba Resident Magistrate Court, he was surrounded by almost 50 armed Police officers.

“They should have used this kind of security in protecting people with albinism,” said Chilima.

In his application for bail lawyer Kondwani Kumitengo said Kalindo should be granted bail, as he cannot be kept on remand when there is no evidence that he committed the cited crime.

The lawyer further said Kalindo being a citizen of the country is entitled to be granted bail. He said Kalindo is also a legislator, businessman, married with three children as well as a committee member in the parliamentary Committees of Agriculture and Media, attributes that can make him to appear before the court when needed.

Eastern Region chief resident magistrate Mzondi Mvula reserved to Monday his ruling on a bail application.

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lkalindio wopenga
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Gwape wachamba uyu. Wait nchilima you will see what you have never seen. Two weeks from now I will mobilize 109 men and women kukachita chimbuzi 100 meters along the road to your main gate and see if you will not ask the police to arrest us. I will be among the group and I will pay them. So far 98 people are ready and will drink medicine that will open their bowls on that day.
Kalundo is an idiot and he deserves that. What he is doing will make you loose votes

Sikusinja
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Sikusinja

Iwe SKC ukuzipopa kuti akumvera kutsitsa fuel, since ukuti amakumvera bwanji osalamula apolisi amutulutse Kalindo? Why not tell them what to do za ma albino Tiwone akukumvera. Ukuchita matama za Fuel when Collins Magalasi in december said they will reduce in the coming months. Taking advantage of poor rural folks who are ignorant. Same tactics DPP use.

Maunits
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Maunits

UTM Party kkkkkkk

psyuta
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psyuta

Kamutengetuu !

Mutumbuka Mwenechi
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Mutumbuka Mwenechi

Amangwetu…..I find it strange that instead of going to Zomba to bring out of the cells one of his staunch henchmen who is under the duress of a tone of bricks for insulting a protected name SKC aka Arafat Hamdani elects to go and bark from Salima Northwest. This is a typical illustration of cowardly leadership. Leading from afar instead of leading from the frontline in order to protect his famous retirement package I presume.

I shall be honest with u.
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Iwe si mtumbuka ndangonena kuti ndiwe mu Lhomwe , pali vuto kodi.

Mutumbuka Mwenechi
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Mutumbuka Mwenechi

Iweeeee…where is this coming from? 4dya eti.

BigMan
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BigMan

Dont be as dull as your president please, SKC already visited Kalindo who will be out on bail on monday.

Apao Kugola
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Apao Kugola

Chilima did not lead any pro democracy group at Chanco in 1992. He was just a Unima Students Union (UMSU) executive member. It was Sudi Sulaimana who fought gallantly with the kayombe, the police and entire government in support of the Bishops who had been arrested by the then MCP led Government. Sudi Sulaimana continued the fight against Bakili Muluzi after ushering in multiparty democracy in Malawi. Musamupope Chilima. Just because he was a student at Chanco in 1992/1993 struggle for Multiparty dispensation does not mean that he fought for change of political governance. The running battles between the regime… Read more »

Ntengo wa Kesia
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Ntengo wa Kesia

True. “HARDtalk” Chilima tells people he led the fight against Kamuzu and MCP’s dictatorship: a BIG FAT LIE! Coward.
Chilima says this to embellish his resume baasi, to let people think he’s the brave one. When the Sulaimanas were heavily involved in the fight, Chilima was busy crying over girlfriends snatched away from him, because of his sense of superiority and entitlement.
For collaboration, you don”t have to go farther than ask those who were at Chirunga with “HARDtalk”.
Wosachedwa kulira; kugwetsa misozi.
Aaaaaah.

kasimu
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kasimu

JJ Mbewe the pathfinder your just a dog, wosowa pokala

heavyduty
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heavyduty

auze apumbwa sakuziwa kugwilisa nchito security force moyenera, they don’t know people who need security, kungodya chipwete basi ndi ukadaulo woziwa kuocha magalimoto anzao

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Most of our police officers and those in-charge of them are idiots. I don’t have any respect for Malawi Police Service,. Most of them are thieves in Unifrom.

Okatraz
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Okatraz

and we will not be intimidated by your lawlessness sir!

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

kkkkkkk exactly my brother tell them.

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