UTM’s Bon Kalindo released on bail: MP charged for insulting Malawi President

UTM Party director of youth Bon Kalindo denies accusation  of insulting President Peter Mutharika  and was released on bail on Monday by Eastern Region chief resident magistrate Mzondi Mvula  after spending a weekend in custody.

Kalindo arriving at Zomba Court in handcuffs but now walks home free on bail

Kalindo, the Mulanje South legislator,  has been given bail conditions with a bond of K20 000 and two surities bonded with non-cash of K100 000 each. One of his surities included his twin brother Phillip Kalindo.

Among the conditions, Kalindo has been ordered to be reporting to police in Blantyre and infirm law enforcers if he wants to leave the country.

He was arrested last Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct contrary to Section 153 (1) of the Police Act as well as insulting the President contrary to Section 4 of the Protected Flags, Emblems and Names Act.

The court in Zomba, through Eastern Region police prosecution officer Christopher Katani, heard that on January 6 2019 Kalindo invaded Balaka Police Station to force the men in uniform release two UTM Party members who were arrested for  misdemeanor at the launch of Chiwanja cha Ayao in the district.

Katani said that Kalindo was arrested for insulting President Muthrika as he prodded the police to release his felow party members.

The court premises were heavily manned by armed police although at a distant UTM supporters danced and sang in support of Kalindo.

Civil society activists have been calling for a review of laws that protect the name and the person of the president, saying they run counter to freedom of expression which is guaranteed under the Constitution.

 

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I just counted 13 police officers guarding 1 person who ” insulted the President” but nobody is protecting the Albino community, ……..what a shame!

Ndaonavino
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Ndaonavino

Stupid people supporting fellow stupid person, who has failed stupidly in his constituency, just continue wearing Melogas Bon

Ntengo wa Kesia
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Ntengo wa Kesia

Wainoabe Bangwe baasi.
Asa.

mtete
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mtete

Respect is earned. You can’t be respected if you are corrupt or a beneficiary of plundered proceeds.

Mark my word this is the end of the case. The arrest was one way the sadistic DPP harasses political opponent’s. Meanwhile Goodall is happy his account No 1 is richer by the bail paid.

chataika
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chataika

Democracy kusaimvetsa a malawi kodi demokalase nkutukwanizana bwanji kodi~? Ufulu uli ndi udindo komanso malire at the same time we should realise that a head of state or any other organization is regarded as a father or mother so respect is important. Chilima, Muluzi, Mbakuwaku, JB, etc akakhala pa mpando will need respect likewise APM need respect too. Nthawi yakwana a malawi kuti tizilemekeza atsogoleri athu. Mwana yemwe salemekeza akulu kunja kwa nyumba ndiye mwanayonso ngwamwano kwawoko

Robert Ngoma
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Robert Ngoma

Aphunzile kulemekeza atsogoleri monga bible linena

Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

These archaic laws of protection of the presidents name and emblems are out of date in the current political system. Chakwera has failed Malawians by not repealing these laws in the past 5years as leader of opposition. This is part and parcel of his job in parliament bringing new and contemporaries legislation. What has he been doing?Weak leadership of the house.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Mr Mdala, I don’t see any reason of dragging Chakwera in this so called insulting the President, by the way you can not teach some one to respect someone, respect has proved that it depends where the person is coming from, how he or she grew up, so this is none other than kukula mopusa, Chakwera is innocent on this bullshit of yours,,
Start think out side the box Mr, Pali zambiri what Chakwera has done not this what you are trying to find fault on him, I guess it’s by your nature!
Try again later.

Winiko the ex pridoner
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Mbuzi iwe komabe eakhaka ex prisoner wherever you go. When UTM loose this year sorryvwafers zaeni

hatton
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hatton

God was about to answer our call today at OR Tambo.

Polomondo
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Polomondo

What was your call Hatton? If you are referring to the claimed crash-landing of Air Malawi at ORT, then you are wicked. If lives were lost, seems you could have cherished. Learn to love everybody even your enemies. You will be rewarded for that.

Sato
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Sato

Satanic thoughts

Mbusiyeni Muthembi
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Mbusiyeni Muthembi

Let Malawi be a changed nation! When shall we see a changed Malawi like South Africa where freedom of expression is given the highest priority? If we were to bring two or three more members of the EFF from South Africa to school us onwhat the so called “freedom of expression” is all about and its positive implications we would all be left hissing like a Bedford Rolly that was left stationary along the road for 10days. The ousted President of South AFRICA, Jacob Duduzane Zuma, could get himslef prepared for the likes of Julius Malema, Flyod Shibambu, Dr Mbusiyeni… Read more »

Musa
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Musa

Whilst we agree that we need revision of our laws, as at now the existing ones need to be respected and that’s exactly what Bon should have done and should do. He is supposed to be an honourable member and needs to be examplary.
We don’t have to envy other countries just for the sake of it.

Matondo George Dolson
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Matondo George Dolson

Who told you that he was/is Jacob Duduzane Zuma? Don’t write things you don’t know. Duduzane is his son, they are twins, Duduzane and Duduzile.

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