UTM calls for unconditional release of Kabwila: ‘She has not committed any crime’

UTM Party has come out strongly, spitting fire over the arrest of one of its national executive committee members Jessie Kabwila, calling for her immediate and unconditional release.

UTM Party spokesman Chidanti Malunga

Party spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga says Kabwila has not committed any crime.

“…the Malawi Police Service should better focus on real criminals, some of whom are within its ranks,” says Malunga.
Kabwila was arrested over remarks she made during the recent Human Rights Defenders Coalition protest march in Lilongwe.

But Malunga has defended her, saying whatever she said, she was expressing her right to free expression.

“These acts of political intimidation belongs to a past that Malawians resolutely dealt with 25 years ago,” he said.

He said every Malawian must be allowed to hold and express an opinion as guaranteed by the Republican Constitution.

Kabwila was arrested Saturday in Lilongwe after a speech he made during demonstrations led by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) seeking police action on reports that women in Msundwe were allegedly sexually abused by police.

In a statement which Nyasa Times  has seen, the UTM says Kabwila was not supposed to be arrested because she has not committed any crime.

“Only the police officers who arrested her know the actual reasons for this deplorable action, but one can only speculate that it is simply for exercising her right to free expression in not being complimentary to the conduct of the Malawi Police Service,” reads part of the statement.

The UTM believes this is just adding to the record of the police of “harassing innocent citizens especially those who are against the DPP regime”

The party furthers says these acts were rejected by Malawians twenty five years ago when they voted for multiparty democracy and against one party rule.

“It is against this background that UTM calls for immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Jessie Kabwila. She has committed no crime,” the statement concludes.

In the speech, Kabwila said that the alleged rape victims should not worry as justice will soon be served to them and things will change for the better.

She said “pamalawi pano panunkha mphira wina akapereka chigamulo chachibwana chifukwa ife sitilora. Tinamva tokha mlandu umenewu pa radio (There will be chaos if someone will give a reckless judgement {to the presidential elections case}. We will not accept it. We already heard the case on the radio.”

This comes as different organizations including the National Initiative for Civic Education NICE Trust are preparing people’s minds to accept any outcome of the court.

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Nzika
Nzika
10 months ago

OMachemba, DPP came first through rigging, use of tippex and bribing of MEC and other means they employed to gain entrance to plot number 1, against the will of the majority of Malawians. Mbava zopanda manyazi chifukwa mzimu udatulukamo kale!

namatetule
10 months ago

THIS WOMAN TALKS TOO MUCH AND HAS NO MORALS. ACTUALLY SHE IS A DISGRACE TO THE ACADEMIC FRATERNITY. SHE IS ALSO AN EYESORE.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
10 months ago

That’s the problem when you’ve got a police force full of dunderheads.

One grandson
One grandson
10 months ago

Should be released with conditions that she must speak against violence at any five public schools within Malawi.

Chimuntu
10 months ago
Reply to  One grandson

Kkkkkkk fire without simoke

James
James
10 months ago

Malawi Ndale zanu zopusa azibambo ogwililira azimayi aja kwa msundwe osamangidwa koma munthu osalakwa mukumumanga zinthu zopanda umboni kumukakamila a malawi changamukani nthawi yopanga ma jelasi siyani ndale zamangawa sizikutengelani kulikonse

Kapado Chimulirenji
10 months ago

I agree with Malunga that Kabwila was exercising her freedom of expression which is a right guaranteed in our constitution. Unfortunately Kabwila made an unacceptable careless statement. What Kabwila said amounts to judicial interference which is a case on its own for which she can be charged. Let the Judges do their work partially. As the members of the public who followed the case keenly, we have made our own judgements based on what we heard, but the learned people will be guided by laws – this makes a huge difference. Therefore public judgement may not be the same as… Read more »

FootSoldier
FootSoldier
10 months ago

How many times has the clue-less president Mutharika remarked that he ‘won fair and square’? (even as the case was going on!) and how is that any different from what Kabwila said??!! Or are you suggesting the clue-less Mutharika is above the law or in his case a different standard should be used to judge his remarks???!!!!

Hate it or take it but it's a fact

U so called Kapado I think u don’t follow politics very well or u have decided to blindfold one eye and ear, your called tippex president started it all, each time he addressed the rarry , he keep on telling us that he won this election and the opposition should accept defeat, is this not undermining judiciary verdict ????

Tell your so called Tippex president to shut his mouth as well and not interfere with court case.
Tell your corrupt individuals to stop their attempt to bribe the judges.

Chimuntu
10 months ago

Voice of a dying horse

Kamdothi
Kamdothi
10 months ago

Amene amadziwa malamulo akudziwa kuti what she said ndi mulandu ndithu..
Koma vuto panopa amalawi chilichonse chalowa politics..
Kaya zanu izo tikuonerani kut zikutha bwanji izi

FootSoldier
FootSoldier
10 months ago

Comments by the cruel-less Mutharika that he won ‘fair and square free, transparent and credible elections’ (even as the case was going on!) are far more prejudicial and potentially could cause political violence, holding the position of state president with a huge following that is more inclined to commit political violence than Kabwila’s innocent utterances. Why are you not charging the president considering he has said this on several occasions and in-spite of the Courts admonitions?

Tiyeseni Phiri
Tiyeseni Phiri
10 months ago
Reply to  FootSoldier

He only quoted what election observers said! This is public knowledge that existed even before the court case commenced. He never said that he will not accept the outcome of the court case!

Kambewa Chisale
10 months ago

Foseki release her
You have failed to arrest those who are trying to bribe the Judges.
DPP Woye woye
It’s good to increase the price of passport kuti if tiziba bwino.
Mlopwana Woye

Jolobala
Jolobala
10 months ago

Cadet MUTOKOTOKO walowa MCP???so desperate for ka madef loan agalu inu mboli zanu

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