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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :