Malawi Immigration deports Indian doctor over UTM barret: Kaliati says he refused to implicate Chilima on rigging

Immigration department has deported an Indian doctor after he refused to implicate UTM Party  president Saulos Chilima over rigging allegations.

Dr Gutala in UTM Barrett which landed him in problems

Malawi Police in Mzuzu arrested a UTM member and the security personnel Shaggy Mlanga and the visiting Indian doctor Charran Gutala on allegations that they were plotting to rig the May 21 2019 tripartite elections.

UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati said the government was pressuring Gutala to implicate Chilima in the rigging allegations.

“But Gutala refused to betray Dr. Chilima, this is why he has been deported,” said Kaliati.

She said Gtala and Mlanga met in the Democratic Republic of Congo where Mlanga was serving in the UN peace keeping mission and Gutala was the doctor.

“They made a special bond after Mlanga was injured and Gutala successfully treated him. This is why he came to Malawi to visit his long-time friend,” said Kaliati.

She said the only crime Gutala made leading to his arrest and subsequent deportation was that he put on a UTM barret as part of fun.

Earlier, UTM director of Legal Affairs Yasin Maoni said the state followed the two on suspicion they wanted to rig the May 21 elections.

“According to directives issued recently to the police and Immigration department, they followed up on Dr. Gutala on suspicion that he might be connected with the concocted rumour of rigging machination, especially on his hanging out with a UTM member,” said Maoni.

He said Gutala and Mlanga were confronted by police in Mzuzu on April 26, saying the doctor was searched as well as the place where he resides but the police found nothing of value.

The UTM director of Legal Affairs said the police then confiscated the doctor’s laptop and told him to report to Lilongwe police station for the laptop to be searched.

“They travelled from Mzuzu to Lilongwe police headquarters and nothing was found at which point the police indicated that they have got no issue with him but were just waiting for Immigration officers to verify travel documents,” said Maoni.

Maoni said when the Immigration officers came, they found that Gutala had valid travel documents and legally came to Malawi.

However, they said they would still keep him in custody for violating his permit conditions to not participate in local political activities.

“They said his sin was that he wore a UTM barret and that is participating in politics. They allege they want to investigate the issue further. There is no suh rule in our immigration law that prohibits a foreigner on visiting permit from wearing any party uniform,” said Maoni.

In the process, Mlanga, in solidarity with his visitor, demanded that he be incarcerated as well and some commotion ensued as the police beat him up and was locked up, according to Maoni.

Ironically, other visiting foreigners who put on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) party regalia is left scot free and attends DPP political rallies undisturbed.

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ananveruwa aku veterinary ukoo nsewu wa midima
ananveruwa aku veterinary ukoo nsewu wa midima
2 years ago

OOOOOOO YES

Super HI5
Super HI5
2 years ago

Muthana nokha paja padzana paja munkabera limodzi, lero mukuopana. Tikunyenyani bwino Chaka chino

Roll out ATI now
Roll out ATI now
2 years ago

A Malawi tisinthe chipani. Izi za DPP zachibwanazi tatopa nazo

Ngulenjeti
Ngulenjeti
2 years ago

Ukapita kwa eni ziwandiwe mlendo osatubwa. But I la a UTM mukumakhala ngati mwalowa kale muboma kuiwala kuti ngakhale Chilima ndi veep koma simunati. Koma ndimmenea UTM akupangilamu akazalowa mboma sazaposa pankhaza za ma cadet chifukwa eee anthu wa ndiotumbwa heavy komanso mayakhulidwe DPP ndendende.

SYMPA
SYMPA
2 years ago

THESE CROOKS SHOULD BE WATCHED CAREFULLY….BRAVO POLICE

chimulilenji
chimulilenji
2 years ago

next minister of defence and security akhala born kalindo apumbwa nonse muzafela kundende including dausi and mchacha

Bad Decision
Bad Decision
2 years ago

Better the government requested the doctor to work in one of their hospitals,

Shame DPP is so paranoid to create an international incident.
Tourists welcome except 3 months before elections.

Time to change government,

Liberator
Liberator
2 years ago

Patrick Phiri udakali mwana. Iwe olo choyimilila ukhoza kuseta bwinobwino.

oMachemba
oMachemba
2 years ago

So, the Good Doctor can go back to DRC; no problem. And his services are really needed there, all the time.

Ku Nsalu
Ku Nsalu
2 years ago

Dausi and Mchacha applying the MYP style. After all, that’s what he knows best being a part for a good 30 years. So what do you expect.

Fsimatchula
Fsimatchula
2 years ago
Reply to  Ku Nsalu

I am not DPP Koma penapake the Government is right to deport this Indian doctor, someone who is on a 30 day visa to a country how can that person be participating in politics anywhere in the world that person would be deported forwith politics is for the citizens not visitors Even in the USA if you are not a citizen and involve yourself in politics you will be deported immediately. Malawians let’s us love our country be patriotic and desist from Being used by crooked foreigners our forefathers fought for the freedom we are enjoying now. Chilima and APM… Read more »

Rex Msiska
Rex Msiska
2 years ago
Reply to  Fsimatchula

When two baboons laugh at each other’s patch the laughing does not end and finally they ends up fighting

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