Court finds 7 with case to answer over looting during June 20 demo

Senior resident magistrate Godfrey Nyirenda in Mzuzu  has found seven people accused of vandalism and looting during June 20 protests to demand the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, with  a case to answer.

Mzuzu  Court House

The accused denied the charges of malicious damage and breaking into buildings when they appeared before Mzuzu Magistrate Court.

Prosecution paraded two witnesses against the suspects who were allegedly found with shoes stolen from a Bata shop.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) organised the protests to demand Ansah’s resignation for allegedly presiding over a flawed electoral process.

During the first protests on June 20 2019, 11 people were arrested in Mzuzu and charged with breaking into a building and committing a felony therein as well as malicious damage.

The magistrate threw out their bail application and discharged four of the suspects due to lack of evidence.

The case has since been adjourned to July 16 when the seven will enter defence.

Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya said that there are more suspects currently remanded at Mzuzu Prison arrested for looting, theft and torching of property during the July 4 to 5  demonstrations.

He said police will son take them to court.

 

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Ntumbuka Mwenecho
Ntumbuka Mwenecho
1 year ago

Batumbuka banyane kwibha…shaa!

Madalitso
1 year ago

Not all people residing in Mzuzu are Tumbuka by tribe…but the majority

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
1 year ago

That’s what we call collateral damage…zitayeni zimenezo…

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
1 year ago

Ofunika afinyidwe kwambili akanene kwa trapwisi waoyo, akuzolowela kwambili mbava zimenezi

NGATI
1 year ago

So you detain /imprison our own true sons for possessing a pair of bata shoe ?? How much is that as compared to billions upon bollions ITAYE –dausi –ntaba –goodal– Gertrude –mchacha–ben are
Misusing from our taxes ?

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
1 year ago
Reply to  NGATI

iwe machende ako. so you want them to be let free?

Vulgar
1 year ago

Looting is part of demonstrations. Without looting there is no fun in demos. This is true people. Just like there is no fun without tippex. Looting is the icing……!

Kangoma
Kangoma
1 year ago
Reply to  Vulgar

Iwe Vulgar,adzakubelepo iweyo katundu wako, udzasiya kulankhula zopusazo.

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