Mayaya claims Trapence, Sembereka facing political persecution: Police say criminal matter

Malawi police says the arrest of human rights activists Reverend McDonald Sembereka and Gift Trapence of the Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) are not politically motivated, saying its purely a criminal offence.

Mayaya (right) and Sembereka: Political persecution

Human rights activist Billy Mayaya claimed Sembereka  and Trapence arrest was political “persecution” aimed at silencing critics of President Peter Mutharika and his administration.

But national police spokesman James Kadadzera  dismissed the allegations, saying there was a complaint from an international NGO  that the two embedded K7 million deposited in the project accounts of UNAIDS project.

“UNAids complained about the misappropriated funds,” said Kadadzera.

UNAids however did not corroborate the police version of the allegations.

Trapence said police are accusing him of  running an organization which is not registered with the NGO Board “ and they think that is fraudulent.”

He said: “The organisation they are talking about is Mango Key Populations Network run by Sembereka.”

The arrest of the activists comes barely days after re-elected President Peter Mutharika accused rights defenders of organising  protests  over the disputed result of a May vote to turn the country into a “lawless society”.

The country has seen nearly two months of protests by demonstrators who dismiss the election as fraudulent and demand the resignation of Malawi Eelctoral Commission chairwoman Jane Ansah.

President Mutharika accused the protests organisers of plotting to oust his government and warned that the organisers will be dealt with severely.

“The violence you see is calculated to turn Malawi into a lawless state,” Mutharika said on Saturday as the country celebrated the 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.

According to the President, Trapence’s organisation  want to create “lawlessness” so that they can take over this government.

 

 

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Gama
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Gama

The issue here is that these two are cashgaters. They must answer charges of fraud. If it were DPP operatives; Trapence and company would be talking of another demonstration; citing that the action is denting Malawi” image

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

A Mayaya, kodi ndalama za UNAids munadya nao? Kodi nanunso muli ndi bungwe lanu? Ma ofesi anu ali kuti?
Mwabela anthu kwa nthawi yaitali, lero la chi 40 lafika. A Mayaya mwavala malaya a bululu mutagoma ndi zionetsero za mtendere zomwe azimayi achimalawi achita? Musaganize kuti azimayi ndi a DPP ai. Zionetsero zonse zokonzedwa ndi zipani zimakhala za ziwawa. Ngati mwaluwa DPP ndikuti mwachita bwino popeza ndi chipani chokhacho sichikhetsa mwazi. Muwauzenso a Chakwera akhoza kulowa monga momwe mwachitiramo.

Thango Chirombo
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Mbava zimenezi zofunika kuzipana Mapwala kuti ziulule. Zinayambira kale kuba.

BigMan
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BigMan

A dull government

psyuta
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psyuta

Mbava izi. Zofunika kungozichotsa mapwala to recover the money !!!!

#NotMyPresident
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#NotMyPresident

K145 million mbava yayikulu ili ku state house

Nambuma Girl
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Nambuma Girl

One Word! You DPP killers, spare these peoples’ lives. Don’t even dare.

Godfearing Person
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Godfearing Person

Sembelaka is a fallen Man of God just like Chakwela. You are now in the world so that is what you wanted. The Kingdom of God and the world are two different entities just be ready for more to come or just repent and go back to God.

Bobly
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Bobly

Never associate God with these devils you are mentioning here…You should be ashamed of yourself

phakamani mahlambi
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muli pa chintchito ndi bwampini wanuyo ma cadet a polisi. anyway, your days are numbered!

che nnungu
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We are in the process of organising another demo. Iweyo opanda manowe uyesele kubwera kuno ku LL

Mandado@147
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sue the police after free money demand 80 billion hey kkkkk