Updated: No Bail
UTM Youth Director Bon Kalindo is still in police custody after the Zomba magistrates court failed to make a ruling on his application. The court is expected to make a ruling on Monday which means Kalindo will spend the weekend in police custody.
ZOMBA (MaraviPost): Over 30 armed police officers have escorted Bon Kalindo to Zomba Magistrate’s Court where he is answering charge of conduct likely to breach of peace
The United Transformation Movement (UTM) party Director of Youth Bon Kalindo who is also Member of Parliament for Mulanje was on Thursday arrested in the capital Lilongwe for insulting song on President Peter Mutharika.
Kalindo, popularly known as Winiko was arrested for alleged conduct likely to cause breach of peace at Balaka Police Station where 2 aides of Veep Saulos Chilima were detained last weekend.
His arrest has generated an outcry from politicians such as Lazarus Chakwera who has demanded for his immediate release.
“Whether or not what the legislator said about Mutharika was an insult is not the issue. The issue is that this idea of arresting any Malawian, not to say anything of one who is a parliamentarian, for merely expressing how they feel about the illogical conduct of Mutharika’s failed government, is primitive, unacceptable, and stupid. In fact, whatever unjust law is cited to empower such a ludicrous idea is equally primitive, unacceptable, and stupid, and will thus be repealed by my government.” wrote leader Chakwera
Chakwera continued to write In the meantime, the sad reality is that the Mutharika government has no respect for Malawians, or their lawmakers, or police officers. You may recall that it was only 23 months ago that an MCP member of parliament was arrested over trumped up sedition charges related to something allegedly said on social media. So given how long the Mutharika government has been using these arbitrary arrests to silence and intimidate political opponents, it is clear that the powers of the President continue to be abused and our democratic rights as citizens are still under assault. And now having turned Malawi into a lawless state in which those who speak their minds are arrested while those who steal our taxes walk free, every Malawian can see with their own eyes that Mutharika has never been fit to govern.
I therefore condemn these arrests in the strongest possible terms, and I call for the immediate release of Honorable Bon Kalindo. Furthermore, I call for an immediate stop to all forms of intimidation which this government has been using against its political opponents, including tampering with the security detail of the Vice President, in contempt of court orders. Whether Mutharika likes it or not, no amount of intimidation or arrest will change the fact that Malawians everywhere are readying themselves to fire him and his entire cabinet in 130 days.