Malawi police use teargas against ex-first lady Callista to break up protest over ‘Abiti Manice’ arrest

Malawi Police fired teargas directed at the former first lady Callista Mutharika  to break up  United  Transformation Movement (UTM) supporters   who  poured at Police headquarters  to hold a  vigil following the arrest of  their member Manice Hale on accusation of falsifying information and insulting the President.

Callista tear gassed

Police stops UTM vigil

Hale, a naturalized American citizen of Malawian dissent – known on Facebook as Manice Abiti William Dawood  was arrested on Tuesday at the Kamuzu International Airport as she was about to board her flight back to her base in United States.

Callista, the incumbent President’s in-law who is a senior UTM member, led the movement supporters to police  to hold the vigil  to force the cops to release Hale. She led the UTM supporters singing “Mukamalimbana naye Chilima, mumumva kuwawa”.

Police told the UTM members to leave the place but they resisted and cops fired teargas directly to Callista who was whisked away by well wishers.

The UTM members have remained defiant and were still at the police station.

One of the UTM members told Nyasa Times from Area 30 police that they have resolved to be camping outside the Police until Hale is released unconditionally.

Police told UTM members to stop protesting, warning them that their conduct was likely to cause breach of peace.

“Ours was supposed to be a peaceful vigil but police always act with a heavy hand,”  said Frank Chirombo a UTM supporter.

UTM members on social media and political rallies have been accused of disrespecting President  Peter Mutharika by calling him ‘mtchona’, a description of someone who has been away from his or her country for long.

Mutharika stayed abroad for decades where he was employed as an academic.

The President warned UTM against attacking him, threatening, if they continue: “I am going to break a tonne of bricks on your heads.”

Mutharika in a highly charged tone  warned to deal with the movement supporters  using Section Four of the Protected Flag, Emblems And Names Act, which provides penalties for anyone who does any act or utters any words or publishes or utters any writing calculated to or liable to insult, ridicule or to show disrespect to or with reference to the President.

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Satanic UTM
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Satanic UTM

Sitilora satanic UTM with their red blood to rule us. Akulumikizana ndi masataniv Ali America kudzera me a maguru Ali Europe ndi America

VYOTO
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VYOTO

FAILURE TO MANAGE SISTER IN LAW IS LEADERSHIP FAILURE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER

Bwampini
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Bwampini

Inu apitala kupepelatu kumeneko. Umtchona ndi ulemu wapadera. It means a multiculturally exposed person. Compared to one who hasn’t been exposed to other cultures other than their own, like Mr Trump.

Kungoti mwina umtchona wainu amudala inu munkangokhalira kuledzera ku flat kwanu in your free time instead of mixing with locals volunteering to even help in small local activities.

che nnungu
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UTM members are behaving as if they are already in Government. Mukuwonjeza too much. And even the former first lady is behaving like a cockroach. This is unfounded. We dont need primitive politics. learn something from MCP

sosola
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sosola

WAWONA NKHANGA MAWANGA WATAYA NKHWALI IWE, UKUGANIZA KUTI UNGAPULUMUTSE MTUNDU WA AMALAWI POWATSOGOLERA KU SATANIKI? PEPANI MFUNDO ZANU ZAMBWINO KWAMBIRI, NDINAYAMBA KUKOPEKA NAZO KOMA AAAA MWATCHERA KUMWEZI NKHANGA ZAONA VOTI YANGA MWAILEPHERA AMALAWI MUSANYANGEKE ANGAKUGWETSELENI KUPHOMPHO KUMIDIMA GWIRITSANI CHOMWE MULI NACHO KALE
HE IS OVERCONFIDENT OF WINNING , WHY? “VUTO LA AMALAWI MUMAIWALA NSANGA” ATCHEYA ADANENA KALE . AMALAWI ANZANGA SAMALANI MUMDZIKO MUNO ASATANIC ASAKUPUSITSENI. ALUMINATI ASAKUNYENGENI MAY THE MIGHTY HOLY SPIRIT COVER MALAWI. HOLY SPIRIT NDI WAMISECHE YABWINO YOWAKONDA AMALAWI. WATIULULIRA ZONSE, MUYALUKA SIMUNATI

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koma kufunitsitsa upulezidentko nde mpakana kutaya chikhulupililo chako ndikulowa nazo satanic kuti utchuke? ulape ubwerere ulandiridwa apo bii uzikapemphera ku satanic kwako konko kunonso ayi, mutichititsa manyazi

LEGO
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What crime has this ABITI committed.Is calling someone Mtchona an insult or crime?Go to the NORTHERN part,we have so many people called the Mtchona name.I for one my late father was using the same name because he spent much of his life in Zambia.

Genesis
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Genesis

He wanted to be called Mtchona, you do not impose names on people!!

Samuel
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Samuel

Tinkanena, siizi nanga. Ntchentche yopupuluma idafa ndi mtchimba.

chataika
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chataika

Sizoona kuti you shud be calling APM and his party followers apumbwa. Chilima udzipatse ulemu what you should know you were nothing in the political arena until APM picked u to work with him. Udzilemekeze wekha ndipo wena alemekeza iwe. Take a good example of Malewezi he honourable took leave and advanced his agenda to run as an independent presidential candidate, Chilumpha despite being at logger heads with Bingu he did not say anything bad of him as u are doing, came JB she never said anything bad against Bingu and came Khumbo he did the same; why u like… Read more »

Englisg Grammar
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Englisg Grammar

Good observation but we dont say quitted but rather quit basi

Genesis
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Genesis

True, in Malawi we respect our leaders and elders more especially being a Christian also

Duli
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Duli

Zotsatira zakudelera. Amuchita bwino.

LEGO
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But some of Malawians really surprises me,how do you support such act who is just exercising her freedom rights.It is very shameful to hear such kind of comment from you young person.Don’t just support useless thing because you are Lhomwe such kind of behaviour is the one killing our Malawi.We don’t want dictators in our country unless if you are not original Malawian,who knows maybe you are from Mozambique.

Genesis
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Genesis

Democracy, freedom rights they all come with responsibility. We need to respect each other as Malawians

Let's not make mistake voting UTM
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Let's not make mistake voting UTM

She has been fund ing cadets who tortured pipo with pangas she is getting fruits of her works…Callister anatizu nza 2011 anthu ambiri k umwalira Njaunju. Simunati u will pay according in goo measure. Coz God is fair

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