Presidential aide Timothy Khoviwa tried to use his position to free a friend who has been arrested on trick theft charge but has been snubbed by Police.
Lilongwe Police spokesman Kingsley Dandaula confirmed Khoviwa came to Kawale Police Station in Lilongwe after a suspect Japhet Khungwa called for him.
He said Khoviwa, who holds a powerful position of religious advisor to President Peter Mutharika, tried to secure the release of Khungwa who is accused of taking K3 million from a Blantyre based business woman.
“The apostle came and tried to mediate between the two. He suggested to the lady to allow Khungwa be released on bail so that he pays the money later but the lady refused because he took the loan through tricks a long time ago and he has been on the run since,” said Dandaula.
He said the suspect will be transferred to Blantyre where he will be brought to court.
Khoviwa confirmed having used State House vehicle and fuel to help secure freedom of a conman – his close pal.
He however said he did not want to use his State House position to influence the release.
“Japhet is my church elder so when he called I went there to see if I could mediate but the lady opposed to the bail because this issue had been dragging for long,” said Khoviwa.
He said he did not intimidate any police officer to force them free Khungwa.