Court denies bail Wandale and 2 other suspected land grabbers in Malawi tea estates

Self proclaimed Peoples Land Organisation leader Vincent Wandale and two other suspects in a landmark land grabbing case have been denied bail.

Wandale: No bail
Wandale: No bail

Lawyer for the suspects Michael Goba Chipeta said the magistrate denied the suspects bail because she feared the three might jump bail, the case was about to finish and the medical report which was presented was old.

“Infact the state wound up their case today (Monday) with one witness so this means we will be concluding this case very soon,” said Chipeta.

Wandale, Tendai Msikiti and Chrispine Nkhoma are accused of forcebly grabbing land belonging to a private co,mpany, Comforzi Tea Estate and distributing it to “landless” people.

Published reports indicate that Wandale said he grabbed the land because the whites grabbed it from the ancestors of the “landless” people he represented.

Chipeta also said he had stopped representing Msikiti but gave no reasons for that.

He said he had agreed with Msikiti over the issue.

Msikiti asked the prosecution team some questions relating to the case.

Wandale is also a self proclaimed president of Mulanje and Thyolo which he says is now a state and is no longer part of Malawi that is run by President Peter Mutharika.

Mutharika, however, comes from Thyolo.

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5 years ago

Fighting the government of the day is a waste of time because the government has all the machinery to squeeze you! Don’t be clever when you do not have any political backing! Wandale waziona ndale za ku Malawi!

5 years ago

if only they were better organized. these guys sound like a bunch of bumbling buffoons

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