Tembo pays solidarity visit to detained Atupele

Malawi’s Leader of Opposition John Tembo has visited detained Machinga North East MP Atupele Muluzi at City Center Clinic in the capital, Lilongwe, where he has been admitted to.

The 33-year-old opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential aspirant who is son to Malawi’s former president Bakili Muluzi arrested on Tuesday.

Tembo who met a number of high profile personalities including top lawyers Ralph Kasambara and Kalekeni Kaphale, said he was not pleased that Atupele was facing the political persecution from the Bingu wa Mutharika regime.

Family and friends cheer Atupele in hospital

He described Atupele as a well-cultured “young man”who does not practice savagery politics.

The veteran politician encouraged Atupele to remain resolute.

Atupele maintained that he was not going to retreat, telling Tembo that despite having high blood pressure, he remains in ‘good spirits’.

Also visiting Atupele acting leader of Youth Association for Democracy (Yadema) movement, lawyer Wapona Kita.

Kita said Atupele “appealed to all the youth that sympathizes with his predicament to remain peaceful and calm during this period.”

He has reiterated that what he is going through is “part of the process of change.”

According to Kita, Atupele says he does not wish violence to erupt as a result of his incarceration but wishes the police to conduct themselves professionally pertaining to his release since the 48 hour period during which he can be legally under their custody is about to elapse.

Meanwhile his lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale has given the police up to 12 noon to release his client failing which, he is going to move the courts.

“He has already written the Inspector general, Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions to that effect,” Kita informed

The young conviction politician was arrested on Tuesday at about 12:30 pm at Bunda Turn-Off Roadblock in Lilongwe, six kilometers from the heart of the city as he was leaving the capital for his base, Blantyre.

His arrest follows the burning down of a police unit, a vehicle and a house by alleged UDF supporters during clashes with the police in Lilongwe’s Area 24 on Sunday where he held a rally.

National police spokesperson Davie Chingwal said the Machinga North East parliamentarian was picked after he defied the Lilongwe district commissioner’s (DC) order not to proceed with his rallies in the capital city.

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