The High Court in Blantyre has granted bail to five people who were held in connection with the assault of eight supporters of Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) in Thyolo on November 13.
The suspects Francis Ngongoliwa, Harrison Munlo, Dafter Lucius, Victor Chilambe and Limbani Tensoni were arrested for allegedly stoning PP supporters as they travelled to Thyolo North Constituency where President Joyce Banda addressed a rally.
Justice John Chirwa granted bail to the five men and bonded them with a K10, 000 each and provides two sureties at K5, 000 each.
In the bail conditions, Justice Chirwa ordered the five to surrender their travelling documents and should report to Thyolo police every Monday.
The PP supporters suffered deep cuts and bruises.
The ruling party blamed the incident on sympathisers of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
But DPP denied it had anything to do with the incident, with DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi saying the party “neither condones nor subscribes to violence.”
But photographs which Nyasa Times captured show stones placed across the Tarmac road where miniature DPP flags were erected.