Malawi Speaker risks arrest
The Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya risks facing arrest for allegedly aiding two Parliamentarians and fellow party members, Peter Chakhwantha and Jessie Kabwila to escape police arrest on ‘WhatsApp coup plot’ charges.
Kabwila, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Parliamentarian for Salima North, was arrested Monday while trying to seek refuge at German Embassy in the capital Lilongwe.
While Lilongwe South West MP Peter Chakhwantha managed to escape the arrest and only handed himself to police on Tuesday.
Information Nyasa Times has sourced and confirmed by the law-enforcers, Msowoya’s arrest is imminent on the charge of aid and abetting under Section 21(a) and (c) of the Penal Code.
Police spokesman Nicholous Gondwa said could not comment to avoid pre-empting.
He however said obstruction of justice is an offence.
Msowoya, who is also vice president of MCP, resisted attempts to be drawn into the issue of whereabouts of Kabwila and Chakhwantha when queried by Parliamentarians.
However, the MCP vice president is said to have helped the two evade the police who had mounted a roadblock near Parliament, by providing refuge within Parliament building as well as offering his official vehicle which it was used to ferry Kabwila and Chakhwantha to German Embassy to seek protection.
Kabwila, MCP Publicity Secretary and Chakhwantha were spirited away from the precincts of Parliament allegedly using Msowoya’s official vehicle.
But police managed to arrest Kabwila outside the German Embassy, some 500 metres from Parliament as she attempted to seek protection.
She was granted bail later on treason charge.
A Malawian law scholar at university of Cape Town, Danwood Chirwa said as long as Parliament is in session, Kabwira and all other MPs cannot be arrested because they have parliamentary immunity, whether they happen to leave Parliament temporarily or not
“They could be arrested after this session ends and when they leave parliamentary premises. There is no basis for their arrest,” said Chirwa.
Kabwira alongside MCP legal adviser Louis Chakhwantha, Ulemu Msungama are accused of treason and sedition following the leakage of that Whatsapp conversation which reportedly was plotting insurrection for regime change.
The discussion allegedly centred on inciting protest actions and work stoppages.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Amalawi umbuli wanu wakupweteketsani ndale satenga ngati ufumu.poti bambo wanga anali mfumu ndiye nane ndikhala mfumu.Ndiye umbuli wanu wakupwetekesani ndiye msalire you voted for anaughty man msalire msiyeni
Amangwetuuu! Kodi MCP idakalipo, Dzina limeneli ndidalimva ndipakale bwanji? moti tsiku ngati lalero munthu wanzeru zake mkuima mkumati kwachaaaa! usawiiii/ufitiii chani?
it’s better to die or let this nation into war than to be ruled by these zitsiru zopanda mano mkamwa…………….za lomwe zopanda umunthu.
Greed, selfish, hate, desparation and low reasoning power amongest the two camps mostly the opposition
Koma MCP and Chakwera are desparate to hell. Tha’s why he fooled his brother to join politics. No wonder Msungama lamented that he is hell broke. Ndale zoziyamba mulibe dollar mapeto ake ndi ma coup plot. A Kabwila mumayesa mukhala nduna?
kkkkkk arresting the president for the north? Try it and see.
I can see APM dying before 2019. Mukadakhala ena mujadaphunzirapo pa mchimwene wanu, adali chacha pa July 20 forgetting mpheketsera.
Kawerengeni nthano ya mbuzi mmene zidathera ndi kambuku
Agalu osatira chipani cha Agalu cha DPP akuti Pitala is legitimate president. misala ya zanimuwone ndi umbuli mu DPP. Pitala is the illegitimate president and the evidence is he is failing to find simple solutions to solve simple problems. if he was legitimate God would have backed him to save innocent souls in Malawi. Mufa nokha komweko muli ndi Galu wanu Pitala kulephera kupeza Chimanga kuti mudwe nsima. gaga yomwe anthu a kwanu akulimbilana ndi chakudya cha nkhumba kapena ziweto zosiyanasiyana. nkhalani anthu a chifundo ndi abale anu omwe akudya zakudya zosayenela. anthu amu DPP tikamati ndinu Agalu ndi chifukwa… Read more »
He must be arrested, atleast people must realise dat, we have a legitmate goverment. And we must accept peter mutharika is the father of the nation. Arrest msowoya yes, he tamperd with the law of malawi. Kwidzingeni!
All comments are from Malawi Congress Dark Party. Chipani chakupha anthu. Dr Chakwera wanuyo anapepesa kuti it is a killer party. Munapha Gadama etc. no need to repeat ll names here. Iwe Chirwa in Cape Town , please read the Malawi Constitution between the lines. Any Treason case or allegation cannot wait until parliament proceedings rise. This shows you dont even know what you are teaching in Cape Town. The Malawi constitution is very clear on seditious matters. If Kabwira didnt plan to over throw the Malawi Govt why was she evading towards Germany Embassy? And Richard Msowoya shows that… Read more »
Agalu amenewa anya. Chakwela anathawa mulungu. He go bk to his former work as pastor. Msowaya, kuti adziwe kuli president amangidwe basi!
Malawi is a peace loving country and I don’t know why this provocation is continuing.