Blantyre senior magistrate court has found self proclaimed leader of People’s Land Organisation (PLO) leader Vincent Wandale with a case to answer on land grabbing charges but acquitted his deputy.
Senior resident magistrate Thokozani Soko ruled that Wandale should defend himself in the case.
Lawyer for Wandale, Michael Goba Chipeta said the court has however slashed one count out of the four counts levelled against him.
“He will now answer counts of conspiracy to commit misdemeanor, unauthorised use of land and criminal trespassing,” he said.
Chipeta said this means Wandale will now call his witnesses if he wishes.
However the court acquitted the PLO deuty leader Chrispine Nkhoma.
Co accused Tendai Msikita said he would call for witnesses.
Hearing for the case started on September 5 after Wandale and 22 members of PLO were arrested in connection with an incident that happened on September 1 when hundreds of villagers invaded a portion of privately-owned Conforzi Tea Estate in Thyolo and started sharing land among themselves.
The other 20 members were given suspended sentences after they were convicted on their own plea of guilty.