Chisale claims mental illness in fresh bail bid: Court orders exam at public hospital

Former president Peter Mutharika’s security aide Norman Chisale will remain on remand  after High Court in Lilongwe denied releasing him on bail in his fresh application that he has a mental illness.

Is this mental disorder: Chisale still on remand for a man who spent a good part of his last six years in a presidential palace, usually inches from the most powerful person in Malawi.

Presiding Judge Ivy Kamanga ordered that Chisale, who was referred by Malawi Prison Service to a private clinic  in Lilongwe on September 4 2020 due to high blood pressure, should   undergo a psychiatric examination at public health facility to establish whether he is mentally okay or not.

Chisale is on remand at Maula Prison for his alleged role in the murder of former Anti-Corruption Bureau senior official Issah Njauju in 2015 and three other charges.

Through his lawyer Chancy Gondwe, Chisale asked the court to release him on medical grounds, fearing that the Court might be wasting time on someone who has a mental problem and not fit for trial.

He said Chisale’s conditioned has been worsened by prison environment.

But the court could not release him,   with the Judge wondering how a person with mental disorder could be signing affidavits

The court ordered that Chisale be examined at a public institution such as Bwaila Hospital or at Zomba Mental Hospital.

The outcome of the medical examination will also determine whether to or not to proceed with Chisale’s murder case.

Section 133 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code outlines the process under which an accused person can be declared mentally incapacitated to stand trial.

The provision requires that the suspect, who should be in custody during the examination process, be assessed by two medical doctors.

The psychiatrists are expected to submit their independent reports to the court within 30 days.

Lawyer Gondwe confirmed   Chisale was currently under medical observation but could not discuss more about his illness as matters of health hinged on personal privacy.

Chisale has been in custody since mid July after Mutharika left State House following his defeat in the court-ordered fresh presidential election on June 23.

He was first arrested on July 14 2020 and charged with fraud and money laundering in relation to the controversial importation of K5 billion worth of cement allegedly using Mutharika’s duty-free status.

Chisale was re-arrested on July 17 soon after being granted court bail on another offence, but was again arrested for yet another offence on July 28.

He was re-arrested for the third time for his alleged role in the murder of Njauju. His fourth arrest, while still in custody, was connected to his alleged use of a Malawi School Certificate of Education to secure employment in the Malawi Defence Force.

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Chisale’s application for an order to prevent his further arrests; saying granting such open-ended relief would frustrate law enforcement.

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Khalifonya
Khalifonya
9 months ago

A James Bond aja adwyala kkkkk

Tajompha
Tajompha
9 months ago

Chisale deserves unyolo ndipo asatulukekonso anthu oipa omangozikundikila chuma while our brothers and sisters are suffering in Villages

Leader of Operations
9 months ago

Hehehehe lero.limenero a chisale

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9 months ago

Zibwana kwabasi zinakuchulukirani inu a dpp +udf misalayo ndi nonsedi ndi chifukwa chake dziko lathu munalilowetsa pansi chisoni munalibe mbava zigawenga afiti amisala waku ndende basi musatitayitse nthawi tufuna kuona Malawi wokomera aliyense mubweze kaye zonse munaba ndiye misalayo ku mental hospital mbuzi zawanthu 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

The Sniper
The Sniper
9 months ago

You were accusing Wandale saying he is mad while he was fighting for the poor! now Misala yabwela Big man? Oh shame! ndiye simunatitu ikanabwelabe misalayo nanga chigamulo chikamabwela zidzatha bwanji?

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
9 months ago

This guy would do everything to get away with murder…….Instead of facing up to the crimes he committed…..to me this shows that the police have overwhelming evidence which he knows he can not be able to defend himself in a court of law.

To start with a mad person does not know he is suffering from mental illness unless he is told after recovering and certainly they wouldn’t be sober enough to sign affidavits.

Chisale should just man up and face the republic in court for the crimes he committed, crime does not pay…..especially murder, Njauju anakulakwilani chani?

myfriend
myfriend
9 months ago

That was expected from a Tumbuka judge. We have a known criminal and a convict murderer, Kasambara who was released on bail because the whole court is Tumbuka and Kasambara is Tumbuka. Just like all other suspects, Chisale deserves bail

Ida
Ida
9 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

For your information Ivy Kamanga hails from MPEMBA in Blantyre

Diaspora activist
9 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

Tsono nanga popeza mwana wake Christina Chisale ndi nurse ku Bwaila hospital ko nde pamenepo sipakhala conflict of interst?

Sabila
Sabila
9 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

Kasambala is a Tonga, Kamanga is a Ngoni…no Tumbuka…asiyen aTumbuka…anakulakwilani chani?

Leader of Operations
9 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

Mulandu wa murder sukhala ndi bail

Bollard
9 months ago

Waste of time. Our time.

Namanya valigodoni
Namanya valigodoni
9 months ago

Wayamba liti misalayo? Kano muthalika analemba ntchito wa misala? Mmene amanjoya ndi ndalama zakuba mkumayendela ma galimoto odula analibe misala? Manyazi bwanji nenani bodza lina uyo nde sapulumuka milandu yachuluka mmadya ma sosejesi ife tikudya mpiru pano tidakaunjoyabe mpriru wo ndi mtendele wathu wa mu mtima as said odya zake alibe mulandu….. usovatu iwe

Pewani
Pewani
9 months ago

A DPP ambiri ndi amisaladi. Si Chisale ekha muwayeze mupeza ambiri. Timalamulidwa ndi anthu amisala.

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