Kholiwe Mkandawire granted bail

One of the country’s strongest and valiant female voices, Dr Kholiwe Mkandawire, has been freed after Lilongwe Magistrate Court granted her bail on Friday.

Mkandawire was arrested on Thursday for allegedly obstructing police officers in the due execution of duty.

Police officers stormed her pharmacy and wanted it shut down suspecting that it is operating without a valid licence.

Dr Kholiwe Mkandawire:  On bail
Dr Kholiwe Mkandawire: On bail

Appearing before the Magistrate Court, Mkandawire who denies any wrong doing, made a bail application which was granted by Magistrate Chisomo Nsomela.

The Magistrate imposed bail conditions that Mkandawire should be reporting to Lilongwe police every Wednesday and a bail bond of K50, 000 cash.

She was also ordered to surrender her travel documents.

Mkandawire is a politician and executive member of United Democratic Front (UDF) and one of the few renowned veterinary surgeons.

She  rose to stardom during the blood-spattered 2004 elections as spokesperson of the defunct Mgwirizano Grand Coalition as fought the UDF then tooth and nail through her daring orations during meetings and media interviews but went into oblivion after the coalition failed to get into government.

Mkandawire re-emerged in 2011 after an eight-year-out-of-politics period when she was noticed attending UDF meetings.

During the party’s national policy conference held in October Last year in Lilongwe, she was among the key organisers as chairperson of policy sub-committee.

Her elder sister, Gertrude Nyamkandawire, a pharmacist, represented Mzimba Sosola as Member of Parliament between 2004 and 2009 as an independent then under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but did not seek fresh mandate (in 2009) when she withdrew from the race and Patrick Akim Mwanza became the eventual winner.

Kholiwe is next due to appear at the court on October 20.

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7 years ago

Ndale! Manyani kuti mama uyu ngwakusambira. Ntchito iyo wakuyimanya. A police ntchifukwa uli mukulimbana na munthu wambula kwananga.

Sapitwa kakulanye
Sapitwa kakulanye
7 years ago

No politics here. Why do people link most issues with politics? Somebody already explained that Dr. Mkandawire was obstructing law enforcers to do their job. Try it one day even if you haven’t done any wrong, you will be locked up. The issue was simple requiring her to answer questions and show documents to the Pharmacy and Poison Board officials. She decided to be above the law. If police stops you to check COF or insurance, do you shout and threaten them and get away with it? I was expecting her to be exemplary as she is a woman of… Read more »

7 years ago


PAJA in Malawi everyone can be anything. Kaliati behaves as minister of information and later as dpp spokes person then as Peter spokes person then as gender minister. ..

Misheck uteka
7 years ago

Let the law take its course on both parties.

honey comb Chidyauzu
honey comb Chidyauzu
7 years ago

There are many Pharmacies which are being run by un quailfied personel.
Why are are you targeting her. Why osatseka ma pharmacy ambiri angoti mbwee!!
What has she done wrong ? Za zii . Osamanga mbavazi bwanji. The lady is qualified and earning an honest living.

redgi joseph palasa
7 years ago

malawi police imeneyo kulimbana ndi zazii

redgi palasa
7 years ago

talimbikitsani chitetezo thanani ndi umbava wavutau not kutumidwa kuti muzikalimbana za ndale

olira weniweni
olira weniweni
7 years ago

Kholiwe ndi mayi olalata kwambiri, khalidwe lake silisiyana ndi la galu. Mzimayi ochititsa manyazi. Akafuna kulalata amayima pachulu…..shame

mnofu wa bumbu
7 years ago

apolice aku malawi nkhani zake zazi kusiya milandu yeniyeni paja ulamulilo wa nkhalambau

galu wa kuda.
7 years ago

Apa ndiye zopusa zenizeni zoona mukutaya nthawi kumagwira anthu oti ali harmless yet you fail to apprehend the real criminals pena pake a police desist from being used like condoms by your political masters . Ma armed robbers akukanikani koma inu mukusokosa kuti mwagwira Kholiwe zoona.

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