Court orders arrest of traditional chief for jumping bail

A court in Malawi’s southern district of Chikwawa has issued a warrant of arrest to Sub- Traditional Authority Masache and his accomplices for falling to appear before court whenever there was a court proceeding in the case in which they are accused of demolishing 13 houses and stealing various items belonging to the royal family members in the area.

First grade magistrate Gladson Chilundu said Masache together with Kenneth Chimpanzi, Clement Kanyengambeta and Showo Chimpanzi were failing to meet bail condition given to them on 05th December 2012 breaching sections  94,95 and 96 of the pinal code.

“Since the opening of the case of malicious damage Sub-Traditional Masache and his accomplices have never  appeared before the court proceedings although the complainant and the witnesses  have been appearing before court whenever they are asked to do so,” he said.justice

Lawyer on the side of Sub-Traditional Masache, Michael Goba Chipeta said was not happy with the warrant of arrest on his clients.

He said the accused could have been given one more chance, saying there has been a communication breakdown between him and the offenders during the period when the case was being adjourned.

First grade magistrate Gladson Chilundu adjourned the case to 16th August 2013.

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