Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) officials who include party publicist Jessie Kabwila on Thursday took time off from parliament to report to police as part of their bail condition in the infamous Whatsapp treason case.
Kabwila and other party officials Peter Chakwantha and Ulemu Msungama were accompanied by their lawyer Gustave Kaliwo who is also party secretary general.
“As a party we thought the prosecutors had gathered enough evidence but today we are appearing here for the fifth time, we view this as torture and political persecution,” said Kaliwo, calling on the State to discontinue the politically motivated case.
After reporting to the police headuarters where they signed on a piece of paper, Kabwila and Chakwantha went back to parliament.
Msungama, however, had to go to his work place as he is awaiting court decision on whether he had won the election or not.
The MCP and others including the Malawi Law Society say the charges are politically motivated.
The charges eminate from a whatsapp chat in which the three were freely expressing their opinion on the state of affair s in Malawi.
The Peter Mutharika administration has since ascending to power arrested four people for criticising the President and the Democratic Progressive Party in public.
Legal experts say the whatsapp treason case cannot succeed in court.