Nation newspaper apologises for article on ‘Chakwera’s aide nabbed’: Court refuses bail to guard Kamphantego

Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, has tweeted an apology for a an article it publicised that a security aide believed to be of  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera was arrested on Thursday for attempting to sell albino bones and a human uterus.

The Nation’s apology on Twitter
Donvan Silungwe: Lawyer representing Kamphamtengo

The Nation posted  a story online which  indicated Dekhani Kamphamtengo, 41, from Kasinje village in the area of chief Kalumbu, Lilongwe was arrested on 20 March.

The story was also carried by Nyasa Times as cited the police report and confirmed by National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera that the suspect works as a security guard at Chakwera’s Area 10 residence according to the recorded statement.

However, The Nation took to Twitter Thursday to withdraw the article and apologised.

It tweeted: “We would like to withdraw the story titled; ‘Chakwera’s aid (sic) nabbed’ and applogise (sic) for any inconvenience caused.”

The article in question is now offline  from Nation Publications.

Meanwhile, Nyasa Times has not withdrawn the article, with its editorial saying: “The guard is arrested, fact. His own police statement says  he works for Chakwera., fact. The matter is in court, fact. Police have confirmed, fact.”

And the Lilongwe Magistrate Court has  on Thursday denied bail to Kaphamtengo, who comes from, Kasinje Village, Traditional Authority Kalumbu in Lilongwe.

Police  prosecutor passionately argued that the case “is a serious and sensitive matter” hence bail should not be given until investigations are concluded.

Following this argument, Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiwana ruled that the suspect must continue to stay in police custody for five more days until investigations are concluded.

Lilongwe’ s prominent lawyer Donvan Silungwe is representing Chakwera’s guard in the matter.

As investigations continue, police believe that Kaphamtengo has the body parts somewhere but he is pretending that he was lying.

According to a police report, Kamphamtengo, 41, was apprehended following a tip that he was selling body parts of a person with albinism.

Chakwera recently  dared that once voted into power, he will end the abductions and killings of persons with albinism within a month.

He challenged President Peter Mutharika to put an end to killings and abductions of persons with albinism in the country.

Since November 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to 152, including 25 murders and more than 10 people missing, according to Association of People with Albinism (Apam).

As part of the National Action Plan (NAP)  to protect those living with albinism, government is on a crackdown on perpetrators and according to police sources, more arrests are looming.

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Juuuames
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Juuuames

You so called MCP supporter you are so stupid don’t fool people here that you support mcp may be it’s my eye problem I don’t see any sentence written _chakwera hired an expensive lawyer_ do now this is your end no idea left in you

MBUMBA
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MBUMBA

ZILIBE TSOGOLO IZI….WASTE OF TIME….COOKED UP STORIES FOR CHEAP POLITICAL GAIN……

Mark Chikweni
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Zizakulondolani zimabodza zanuzi.

Gerald
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Gerald

Bravo Nyasatimes for standing up for the truth without fear or favour as always…

No smoke without fire, ofunika kumufinya kwabasi.

What’s very disturbing is how has he afforded a big shot lawyer if he is just a mere security guard?

Is chakwera paying? If so why? What is he trying to hide?

Mark
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Mark

kkkkkkk….awaso…zaziiiii

Lego
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What are talking about here?Get the point first

Mr. Ibu
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Patsogolo ndi Chakwera Hi5 Chakwera nsi Mia kuti choooooongu!!!!!!!!!!

Mwine
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Mwine

Clear DPP machinations and propaganda. You are losing the elections and you are so gittered up. Cooking stories to arrest Chakwera. Dare make that mistake. U will not contain MCP.

VYOTO
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VYOTO

THIS IS WHAT WE CALL VERY CHEAP POLITICAL PROPAGANDA FROM ” ANA A DAD”.WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM ANA A DAD OKALAMBA , AT 80 YRS OLD WITH A SEEMINGLY DULL RUNNING MATE WHO CANNOT EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE IN THE QUEENS LANGUAGE.
THE SO CALLED EXPENSIVE LAWYER SILUNGWE WILL HAVE NOTHING TO DEFEND, HIS DUTY WILL JUST BE TO EMBARRASS AND UNDRESS THE INVESTIGATING POLICE TEAM.THE INVESTIGATION ITSELF IS A TOTAL WASTE OF OUR TAX MONEY DPP TEAM.

Favour of Yahweh
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The truth is the man works for Chakwera as a guard,, and the truth is that he has not mentioned that he is being sent by Chakwera to do this. He is 41 years and knows what is good or bad. He did this own his own. I wonder why people you are accusing DPP , yet the guys has confessed he is a guard or security Aide of Chakwera and it is true he is picked by the law enforcers. Chakwera has been challenging the government on albino killing , not knowing the killer is sitting at his house.… Read more »

Truth Be Told
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Truth Be Told

The truth is that he doesn’t work for Chakwera. Chakwera doesn’t live in Area 10. None of Chakwera’s guards has been arrested. Chakwera has never had any guard by that name. Nation apologized after gathering these facts. MCP may sue Nation wide Ltd. Nyasatimes took the story from Nation online and they are sticking to it while the original source of the story has now disowned it and removed it. Doesn’t that sound questionable?

That’s where DPP comes in.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Correct, this is between Kamphantengo and Police NOT DPP and Chakwera

Nicholous
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The propaganda can not stick on MCP President no more . Choyipa chizikutsatani nokha. Osadabwa that is the only President running without a criminal record wena waja treason charge (mid night 6) ilipamusana wawo.

MCP Supporter
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MCP Supporter

It is sad that the Reverend I have respected for a long time is now being involved in such acts. I am afraid he may not make it on May 21 and this will mark another turning point for him to one more time look to the Lord in heaven for forgiveness and restoration.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

What wrong has Chakwera done?

Lego
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I think you are a mad person

Samuel
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Samuel

Pafufuzidwe mokwanila pamenepa. Kodi ndichifukwa chiani Chakwela wapeza loya ngati nkhaniyi sikumukhudza? Nkhaniyi ndiyoona ndipo inalikukhoti lero. Munthuyu afinyidwe mokwanira ndipo chilungamo chidziwika. Nation Publication mukulolera kuopsezedwa chifukwa chanji? Still praying for the peace of my country. God is at work and everyone behind this scandle will be exposed and convicted accordingly. God bless Malawi

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