Police arrest UTM member, visiting Indian doctor over rigging allegations

Malawi Police in Mzuzu have arrested a UTM Party member, a security personnel and a visiting Indian doctor on allegations that they were plotting to rig the May 21 watershed elections.

Dr Gutala in UTM Barrett which landed him in problems

Yasin Maoni, UTM director of Legal Affairs says the arrested are Dr. Charran Gutala, an Indian medical practitioner who visited the UTM member Shaggy Mlanga.

“According to directives issued recently to the police and Immigration department, they followed up on Dr. Gutala on suspicion that he might be connected with the concocted rumour of rigging machination, especially on his hanging out with a UTM member,” said Maoni.

He said Gutala and Mlanga were confronted by police in Mzuzu on April 26, saying the doctor was searched as well as the place where he resides but the police found nothing of value.

The UTM director of Legal Affairs said the police then confiscated the doctor’s laptop and told him to report to Lilongwe police station for the laptop to be searched.

“They travelled from Mzuzu to Lilongwe police headquarters and nothing was found at which point the police indicated that they have got no issue with him but were just waiting for Immigration officers to verify travel documents,” said Maoni.

Maoni said when the Immigration officers came, they found that Gutala had valid travel documents and legally came to Malawi.

However, they said they would still keep him in custody for violating his permit conditions to not participate in local political activities.

“They said his sin was that he wore a UTM barret and that is participating in politics. They allege they want to investigate the issue further. There is no such rule in our immigration law that prohibits a foreigner on visiting permit from wearing any party uniform,” said Maoni.

In the process, Mlanga, in solidarity with his visitor, demanded that he be incarcerated as well and some commotion ensued as the police beat him up and was locked up, according to Maoni.

Ironically, some visiting foreigners who put on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) party regalia are left scot free and attends DPP political rallies undisturbed.

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Matttlek
3 years ago

This is disgusting and selfishness

PHANANA
PHANANA
3 years ago

dpp has to handle these isses of foreigners professionally, zikhoza kutibweretsera mavuto kwa anzathu amene ali mayiko ngati Russia, india nigeria ndi Greece

PHANANA
PHANANA
3 years ago

munthu akakhala ndi mantha umangowopa chili chonse kkkkkkkk

ben
ben
3 years ago

game yakuladi nzelu zatha third position basi

Nyakwawa A
Nyakwawa A
3 years ago

Koma iyeyo, mkaka chibagela m’mwamba munthu oti is just visiting? Wayenjeza.

Kaka
Kaka
3 years ago

Pls apprehed them.why Dr and utm bellet.oooooNoooo

nyo
nyo
3 years ago
Reply to  Kaka

kaka ndiwe galu ya chabe….let him free……

Spencer Mhone
Spencer Mhone
3 years ago

Dr.Charan Gutala a Surgeon Specialist operated on Shaggy Mlanga in DRC and repaired his right hand which was shattered by a bullet whilst on peace keeping duty. If the operation had been done here Shaggy would have had his arm amputated. Dr. Gutala came to visit a patient turned friend. DPP has to release both Shaggy and Dr. Gutala unconditionally right now. It’s a complete disgrace that DPP is using these cheap types of political tactics to intimidate we of UTM. They should ask MCP how they lost power in 1994!

Kaka
Kaka
3 years ago
Reply to  Spencer Mhone

Aahhhh. Inutisamake. Utm bellet and Dr.don’t release him.epirt him now

Bob
Bob
3 years ago
Reply to  Kaka

Iwe walakwa chiani munthu kuvala bellet

Favour of Yahweh
3 years ago

Apprehend these crooks. We know the Indians, are not honest people. Thanks get them , pounce on them and give them nsima ya nyumba za anakafumbwe.

Bolero
Bolero
3 years ago

Koma moto wa UTM ukutentha. Thukuta lokhalokha a DPP

kheza
kheza
3 years ago

vuwa kaunda akugula voter registration certificates osamumanga bwanji

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