Court frees on bail 7 men suspected of ‘pelting’ President Mutharika’s convoy

Blantyre Magistrate Court has on Wednesday released on bail seven people who were arrested last week on suspicion of pelting stones at President Peter Mutharika’s motorcade in Blanyre squatter township of Ndirande.

Kaole: One of the suspects granted bail
There was heavy police presence outside the courtroom

The seven – Maloya Gulani, Jonathan William, McCloud Mulima, John Meleka, Daniel Kaole, Precious Zulu and Joseph Matchado – were separately arrested on Thursday when the incident happened and on Friday.

They damaged a window of a sweeping vehicle, the police vehicle with a siren which is always on the front of the presidential convoy, damaging one of its glasses and wounding a police officer.

Granting them bail, Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate Ackia Mwanyongo said the suspects were not flight risk and that their offence was bailable.

Mwanyongo ordered them to surrender their travel documents and report to Police fortnightly.

The seven have been slapped with four counts, three charges of malicious damage to three vehicles contrary t Section 344 (1) of the Penal Code.

They also answer one charge of unlawful wounding contrary to Section 241 (1) A of the Penal Code.

The suspects – being represented by lawyer Wester Kossam – have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

There was no mention of stoning official presidential motorcade but governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vehicles in the Presidential Convoy.

There were jubilations from relatives and some opposition party supporters at the court as the suspects were being released on bail amid  heavy police presence with more than 30 armed police officers.

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Forgive them
Forgive them
2 years ago

Kutha uku,in other words,end of an era,
Ngati munali ndi timavoti 100 ku ndirande panopa muli ndi 22 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Mr Truth Pains
2 years ago

Plz DPP administration pay enough money to our Police officers, look how thin is the police officer on this pic with a gun. It seems like he is not getting enough money to sustain himself and his family. U are paying your hooligans ( Cadets) more money than our police officers which is very bad . Cadets looks very strong with our taxes thats why they are able to challenge our police officers who lack Stamina . It is very shameful and pathetic to work as police officer when Cadets can command u left and right as it is right… Read more »

2 years ago

Heavy Police presence for what exactly?? You Police are a DPP cabal and a complete joke! Actually it would have made more sense to arrest and charge APM with causing Affray when he went to provoke the peaceful people of Ndirande in the night.

Malawi belong to the citizens

DPP and UDF alliance siyikufunidwa kumangosaukitsa amalawi.Nanga anakaponya petrol bomb Ku office ya UTM ndikupha ma citizens aja agwidwa kale Kodi,mwina munali ndinu nomwe a police.Tifuna kuyikapo ndemangatu.We are waiting for that Kaya zifika pa 2 July musanawamange Kaya choice is yours. We are having a new 👮 soon.The real Malawi police service not this DPP police.Ndipo nonse amene mukugwirira Ku Lilongwe tidzakutumizani kutali nditown chifukwa chaulesi Wani wosagwira ma cadets a dpp akaphwanya malamulo adziko lathu.

Kalulu Wadwala
2 years ago

Hope there’s enough evidence otherwise Dan Kaole will be paid lots of money. The multitude of ndirande residents that came to court is a sign of unhappiness of the people towards whoever has made these sons of ndirande to suffer. They also expect the MBC team to be arrested for using foul language on our Vice President of Malawi. It should be a fair game . Any way Viva Ndirande, Viva Malawi.

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