Woman shot by Chisale says not interested to press charges: Mutharika’s aide falls ill in cell

A woman who was reportedly shot with a stray bullet by  former president Peter Mutharika’s personal bodyguard Norman Chisale, has sworn a statement to withdraw her complaint, lawyer for Chisale and Malawi Police Service have confirmed.

Sigele Kaipa: It is not my intention to have Chisale prosecuted  for something which he did not intend to do.
Chisale in handcuffs carry a Bible

Police re-arrested Chisale on Friday after he was earlier given bail by Senior Resident Magistrate Violet Chipao on fraud and money laundering charges in relation to the cement import scandal.

He was immediately taken in custody  on a charge of assulat which took place in Blantyre  in May this year.

Chisale shot a woman at Chimwankhunda Township in Blantyre as he was allegedly chasing people suspected to have been unarmed robbers.

But the 35 year-old Sigele Kaipa of  Mpulula Village, Traditional Authority Nkalo in Chiradzulu district in an affidavit seen by Nyasa Times has withdrawn the complaint.

She stated that  it was around 6.35pm when a stray bullet hit her as  she was walking towards the bus stop in Nkolokosa, about 200 metres away from where the alleged incident occurred along the Chimwankhunda-Living Waters Church road after dropping bags belonging to her husband with whom she said they recently separated.

In the affidavid, Kaipa said Chisale visited her minutes after her arrival at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) and explained that he had shot her accidentally during a chase of robbers that had allegedly raided his house in Chimwankhunda Dam area.

She has also stated that Chisale gave her “financial assistance” and he has been supporting her from that time from anything that she requires.

“Since that time Mr Paulosi Norman Chisale has been providing me with moral, financial and any other assiatnce that I require,” she states.

Kaipa said she has never intended to lay any criminak charges against Chisale.

“I know the shooting was purely accidental and that he had not intended shoot me but I was just at the wrong at the wrong time,” said Kaipa in the sworn statement.

The woman  stressed that she does not want to pursue the matter further.

“I don’t want to hear anything about this matter by the police officers as I have never intended to pursue this matter a s a criminal case,” she stated.

Kaipa in the affidavid indicates that it is not her intention to have Chisale prosecuted  “for something which he did not intend to do.”

Chisale’s lawyer Chancy Gondwe confirmed about the affidavid said it was sowrn before a Commissioner of Oath in Blantyre.

Meanwhile, Chisale, who surrendered himself to police and has spent three nights in the cooler, is reported to be unwell.

“He is feeling very unwell. Police have bene moving him from Lilongwe to Blantyre to Mangochi, back and  forth. He is unwell,” his lawyer told Nyasa Times.

Lawyer Gondwe has since described Chisale’s re-arrest as political vandetta.

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Maunits
Maunits
7 months ago

Chisale abweze zathu sanati. Munthu uyu oipa kwambiri a body guard turned Billionaire on our taxes. Muthalika name is dented on him shame

monosile
monosile
7 months ago

Akhaule Chisaleyo basi

Noel Masangwi
Noel Masangwi
7 months ago

Olo atapepesa amangidwe basi

Wiza
Wiza
7 months ago

The case was messed up when it took place. The Police should have done the procedural things though it was accidental shooting and submit to DPP to formally close the matter or take Mr Chisale to court. It may eventually end well with him but after nights in the cooler.

Whatnext
7 months ago

This isn’t a civil case whereby the aggrieved can just withdraw the case willy nilly. This is a criminal case in which the state advances a case for the benefit of the public i.e. in the best interest of the public and not an individual. The only way the state can discontinue the case is if they feel they don’t have enough evidence to convict the accused and not because the woman has decided to withdraw the case.

Namulondola Njira
7 months ago

Sigele, you are a woman with a compassionate heart. You are not an eye for eye May God bless you. You have shown true love of a mother, even those who are against your decision, they would have loved the same if it had happened to them. You have shown that you are a woman with a difference. If three quarters of Malawians were like you, the country would have been indeed heaven on earth. God bless you.

PHRIWAPHIRI
7 months ago

AGAIN IZI AZBS SANGAFUFUZE, MANYAZI OSAMAKONDERA AYI, KOMA NDIYE WE HAVE BEEN CAPTURED BY STATE KOMA NDIYE TIMES, MBC, ZODIAK,RAINBOW, ONSE PRO GOVERNEMENT AYI IFE TIZDIMVERA ANGARIBA, KODA IZI BWANJI, FERTILIZER FOR ALL, 100,000 TAX FREE ON SALARIEA ETC KOMA ABALE KULI ZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII KOMA INAKHALA NTHAWI YA DPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

Jerusalem Bible College
Jerusalem Bible College
7 months ago

In this case complainant is the state and the woman is just witness. Thanks that she has testified that the matter is true.

chimbirajembe
7 months ago

Mr Mbonga Matoga, People buy guns and keep them in their houses for security purposes. In the event that one is attacked, that’s the best time to use the gun. The people like Chisale were public figures by then, they were protecting the head of state and therefore need to protect their lives and properties as well. The aim of shooting in the air was to scare the thieves, only that the bullet landed on this innocent woman. Do you seek permission to shoot when already attacked, and the attackers will be waiting? I don’t agree with you. The whole… Read more »

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
7 months ago
Reply to  chimbirajembe

If Chisale was shooting in the air how on earth did the bullet hit the woman’s leg, how tall is the woman so that Chisale could have missed the whole wide open sky and shot the woman’s leg?

Chisale was aiming at an individual with his gun despite the fact that there were many people around…..that is acting with impunity, in fact that is not only being unprofessional but also being stupid for a person of his calibre …..and for that reason, he should be prosecuted.

Jamax
Jamax
7 months ago

This shows that she has the spirit of humanity – God lives in her she doesn’t want to be part and percel of doing evil this means she knows that her injury was not intentional but accidental. Yes he Chisale might have done other things wrong but this is not the way of justice, treating him in this way is almost a brutality way of punishing. What we should know is that we are all sinners and most of us ndife okuba koma chifukwa choti sitinagwidwepo. But the fact is God sees us on his spiritual HD camera. The more… Read more »

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