State drop charges against Abiti Manice for calling Malawi President ‘demented’

The State has said it will not prosecute United Transformation Movement (UTM) social- media activist Manes Winnie Hale  on charges of  insulting President Peter Mutharika and has  entered a discontinuance  in the matter before Lilongwe Magistrate Court.

Abiti Manice Dawood freed

Hale, 44, well known on Facebook with the name ‘Abiti Manice Dawood’ was arrested last week at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe when she was about to catch a flight back to the US where she is based and works as a nurse in Maryland.

Police took her to court where she was formally charged for a colonial-era insult law, which quotes heavy fines and up to two years in jail for those who air or publish material that insults or disrespects the President.

Hale pleaded “not guilty” to a charge of ‘publishing some writings [on Facebook] making reference to the president as being a liar, a thief and being demented.”

The offence is covered in Section 4 of the Pebal Code.

However, her lead attorney Dr Chikosa Silungwe said the charges were  frivolous or vexatious.

Manice trial had been due to begin on September 6 before Mangistrate Viva Nyimba  but  on Monday prosecution applied before the court for the  discontinue of the case.

This then means Abiti Manice is free and can proceed to her base in the US.

She has claimed to be related to the Mutharikas, saying her mother was a sister to the late first lady Ethel, who was the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s first wife.

Her arrest comes within days of President Mutharika publicly stating that Section 4 of the Protected Flag, Emblems and Names Act could be used to prosecute those he accused of insulting him.

Patricia Kaliati, a UTM interim secretary general, described Hale’s arrest as political retribution.

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ndele
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ndele

MA DUNDERHEADS THICC BRAINS OUR POLICE FORCE FRM HEAD TO TOP. mwangoxiyayalusapo apa. a US aziwa kuti munthu wao mwamuimisa ulendo pa nkhani zombula mutu. koma mitu yanu yazwetadi ndithu,
asiyeni anthu acite zomw akufuna not kutilamula kuti tisalankhule zoona. then stich all our mouths then. mukusowa ncito yogwila. mukunya muona

ndele
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ndele

many peolple goin against cilima are just mare lazy bastards and whores omwe safuna kupenyula maso nkuona tsogolo. koma basi kumangati yakaliyakali phwiiii mma ofesimu . kubwera mocedwa kuncito kuweluka nsamga . no job done. why cant be serious and work? during kamuzu era ndani amakafika ku ofesi 10 kloko olo kuweluka 2 kloko a pumbwa inu. pano cili cose cangoima all wat we see is azibambo ma suit yandayanda mma galimoto obebha kumangozungulila mma townmu, azimai ku ma shoping mall mbina tuktuku OBESITY yadzaza mmalawi munoyi eish? kucita kunyasa eti. mabwana ati. kkkkkkkkk wish you all had known. SALVAGES.

peter
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peter

jkf and others. one must understand the starting point if we are to engage in meaningful debate here. that starting point is that manice is an innocent person. the state arrested her took her to court in the hope of proving that she’s guilty of some offence. they have withdrawn the charge. manice continues to be innocent. she has no need to prove that she is innocent. or not guilty. on the other hand the state has to prove that they arrested her for a good reason. I am sure many will agree that now that the allegations leading to… Read more »

Chake
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Chake

Ha ha ha! Malamulo achi federal avutapo basi.

mtete
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mtete

A few months ago government arrested Kabwila and others on Facebook related charges which were later dropped. They then arrest Abiti on similar charges which we are told have been dropped, Is it amnesia on the part of DPP? Didn’t the IG know about this? The police is being run by incompetents.

QueenB
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QueenB

She should sue these pumbwas for character assassination, emotional distress and lost wages.

Malawian disease
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Malawian disease

She could successfully sue for character assassination if she were acquitted by the court of law. Pa Malawi pa zaza anthu openda mzeru.

Mr. Ibu
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if she sues them it will be our money that will be paid to her not dpp money. These dpp fools are doing stupid things knowing that if they are sued they will use tax payer’s money for compersation. Fooooools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ntengo wa Kesia
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Ntengo wa Kesia

Locals are saying her’s is a Pyrrhic victory: wainonabe Bangwe ngakhale pang’ono. And her experiences, especially the short stay in prison, will be etched in her memory. But, what benefit is there when her case may is as an outsider influencing Chilima and the Bus Company, UTM? The usefulness becomes dubious when her Party is destined to LOSE the elections next year. And who knows what penalties or sanctions she will pay at her job, for the unwise and reckless adventure? Abale, don’t get fooled. Chilima is just NOT presidential, not because of, but rather in spite of being VP… Read more »

Njazi
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Njazi

You are one delusional guy I have never heard in this civilised world, Chilima’s manifesto are very doable if you have an ambition, people with no ambitions like you are the one’s we don’t need in our society and yes he will win 2019 elections, Abiti Manice is an agency worker in the US , which means she goes go work as she pleases, she is her own boss, obviously you don’t know what that means that’s why you are talking about her getting penalised and get sanctioned, she wasn’t charged, get it in your big empty head apikene..

From Likoma
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From Likoma

Archaic and archive leadership. That’s what it entails . Using emotions and not brains . Mutharika is a tragedy to malwi

Dr Manga
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DPP Strategists should be fired . How should they keep on embarrassing the govt ?????

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

Saw this coming! go get ur air ticket from the state and ur laywer fees will be paid for by OPC! clueless dpp

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