Linda Kunje’s former Chauffeur  not fit for Presidential Pardon

Official driver of convicted former Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) commissioner Linda Kunje who was jailed alongside his boss, who has been pardoned by President Chakwera will serve his full sentence in prison because he does not qualify to be pardoned, Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has said.

Chakaka Nyirenda has disclosed in an interview with Nyasa Times that Kunje’s former chauffeur, Jonas Tewesa, is not subject to consideration for prison pardon.

Kunje together with her driver Tewesa (in handcuffs) captured at court
Tewesa and Kunje were handed 18-month and 15-month prison sentences respectively for criminal negligence.
The two defiantly obstructed a President Chakwera motorcade, an act that is believed to have put the president and everyone else on the presidential convoy at risk of a great danger according to the law.
Both Kunje, who displayed some executive arrogance in her demeanour and her driver pleaded not guilty during plea taking in court and perpetually denying wrong doing but the court found them guilty in the end.
Free at last: Pardoned Linda Kunje, who is said to be seriously ill, is captured taking a luxury stroll on Christmas Eve.

However, Kunje, however has been released from prison during the festive season following a routine presidential pardon on medical grounds while her accomplice, the driver who was acting under her orders remain in prison.

A cross section of society think the driver should also be pardoned as his crime was to obey his boss, Linda Kunje.
Ernest Mkuziwaduka of Manja township in Blantyre said: “For the sake of fairness and natural justice, the driver must also be pardoned. He committed that crime simply because he obeyed and listened to his boss’s orders and instructions.”
Jonathan Mbachi Kumwenda, a resident of Gulliver in Lilongwe said: “Kunje has been released on political grounds and connections because if the reason for her pardon is that she is sick then half of the prison would have been released because almost half the population is sick in prison.
“Let the driver be pardoned. He doesn’t have to suffer alone because he is poor and has no political connections. It is unfair, unjust and unreasonable.”
Kumwenda said it is an open secret that politicians when arrested and convicted, they fake illnesses so as to duck jail.
Commenting on why Tewesa was not pardoned too, Nyirenda said Kunje was pardoned solely based on her poor medical condition as she requires an urgent surgery.
He said the driver has not yet met the conditions as set out in the pardon guidelines and, therefore, he has not yet been considered for pardon.

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25 days ago

Tewesa did what he was told and never thought this coming in this and he was performing his duty as a driver look at the one claiming she is sick what is she drinking she has forgotten that the decision which she made put the family man behind bars let justice alone be prevailed on this matter

Mnyamata wa nzeru
Mnyamata wa nzeru
29 days ago

Nature will soon level the playing ground. Kunje might appear to have beaten the justice system now and the poor driver is appearing as the ultimate victim of Kunje’s arrogance. However, a time will come when the scores will be settled. It surely will!

Ju Ju
Ju Ju
30 days ago

So unfair. It’s a cruel world. How does she even sleep at night??

1 month ago

Innocent people being left to rot in jails. Very cursed nation

Moffat Charming Jere
1 month ago

It is up to Linda Kunje to assess how to help both the driver and his family.

Tewesa could have been a free man had it been that Linda wasn’t so arrigant. She is still a woman of frustration. She thought she was mec and now she realises that she isn’t mec and for this she is out of government with her divided DPP

Ujeni Phiri
Ujeni Phiri
1 month ago

Lesson learnt. Whatever professional position you are holding, work professionally and don’t get influenced by politicians actions or orders, because they will leave you suffering alone one day

30 days ago
Reply to  Ujeni Phiri

Blind loyalty has made him still suffering in prison. Him being a professional driver he would not have followed the instructions of his boss.

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