Malawi Police have arrested the UTM Party security officer on allegations that he assaulted a journalist recently during the presentation of presidential nomination papers by vice president Saulos Chilima.
Kondwani Kumitengo, lawyer for the UTM security officer confirmed to Nyasa Times the arrest of Arthur Bito.
“He was arrested on Thursday in Lilongwe and has been taken to Blantyre police station where the journalist lodged a complaint,” said Kumitengo.
Bito is alleged to have assaulted a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) stringer George Banda, an assault which Chilima swiftly condemned and asked authorities to take to book the perpetrators.
Chilima also apologised to Misa Malawi, a professional body of journalists in the country, over the incident.
But Kumitengo said the police have denied Bito bail.
He said Bito is expected to appear in court Monday for the bail application.
Despite swiftly arrested Bito, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rough necks who have been terrorising political opponents remain scot free.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :