Malawi Police extends bail for MCP treasonous suspects to Jun 30: Court review Feb 14

The Malawi Police in Lilongwe on Tuesday,  for the ninth time extended bail for opposiiton Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  legislators Jessie Kabwila, Peter Chakhwantha, and another official Ulemu Msungama, accused of treason,  to June 30, 2017 pending thorough investigations on the matter.

Kabwila: Seeking judicial review

Gustav Kaliwo, lawyer representing the three, said in an interview with Nyasa Times in Lilongwe that the police action was continued violation of human rights for the three accused as well as a waste of public resources.

“This is a waste of resources and it is very bad in the democratic country like Malawi. The resources which are wasted in this case could have been channeled to the health sector to save lives of poor Malawians,” he said.

Adding that following these extensions it clearly shows that the State does not have objective evidence on the matter.

Meanwhile, Kabwila and Msungama last week applied for judicial review on the matter summoning Inspector General of Police (IG) and Attorney General (AG) to question their decision to arrest them without evidence.

Justice Heally Potani of Blantyre High Court has set February 14 for the hearing where the MCP officials are challenging the state for keeping of extending bail arguing that the case was not done in good faith.

The MCP lawyer however expressed gratitude that the court has set a date for the review of the matter saying his clients have valid evidence against the state to vacate the case.

Kaliwo who is also MCP’s Secretary General insisted that government was wasting taxpayers’ money on the matter saying the money could have been channeled to the impoverished health sector.

“The bail has again extended to June 30, 2017, meaning a year and half will elapse without the State taking my clients to court. This is very bad in our democracy. It shows clearly that the state don’t have evidence on matter.

“This is the reason we applied for a judicial review on the case that the IG and AG must justify the decision of arresting my client. Fortunately, Justice Potani has ordered the duo to respond before February 8, 2017, and the judge has set February 14, to the judicial
hearing on the matter.

“We will go on with the case until is closed no matter how delaying tactics the state might use to frustrate us. The general public are the one to make judgment on the conduct of our police to which criminal justice do they follow”, said Kaliwo.

In February last year, the three were arrested over a WhatsApp discussion that the police said was seditious.

The three claimed  the arrests were politically motivated.

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koma abale inu eeh
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6 years ago

To their credit, o’Chakwera & Co managed to muzzle Ms Kabwila-Kapasula, when others failed in the past. On a very short leash!
How did the leader of Opposition manage this lady? Perhaps we were underestimating his skills to manage crises; even though in this case he used a hammer to crush an ant.
Kikikiki The lady must be “boiling”, for no reason other than that she’s now without access to a dais, with loudspeaker in hand.
Kikikikikkikikiki Anyanyala (She has not been seen, lately, in her favorite (drinking) joints).

6 years ago

Quite an immature and irr,,elevant comment! What connection is there between what you have written and the issue at hand? If you have nothing to write about then the best thing to do is NOT TO COMMENT AT ALL!

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