The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has granted bail to National Assembly chief security officer Youngson Chilinda who is currently answering assault charges.
Magistrate Ernest Chimwembe granted Chilinda bail on Tuesday afternoon after his lawyer Tisilira Kaphantengo, applied for bail on Monday on grounds that the law provides for such to all accused persons unless otherwise .
The former military officer and football referee was arrested on Saturday in connection with the assault Nation Publications Limited (NPL) photojournalist Thoko Chikondi.
Chilinda, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault leveled against him, was seen manhandling and physically assaulting Chikondi as she was working at the Parliament building in Lilongwe last Thursday. He claimed the photojournalist was taking photographs of him without permission.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) has interdicted Chilinda.
“The PSC, which is the board that hires and fires people at the Malawi National Assembly, chaired by the Speaker of Parliament, has, after a meeting on Monday, indeed interdicted Mr. Chilinda on half pay, pending court process.
“We cannot say much at this stage, until the outcome of the court case is known,” said Parliament spokesperson Leonard Mengezi.
According to prosecutor, Cecilia Zangazanga, the State will parade five witnesses in the case and two of them work with Chilinda.