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Mayhem at Mzuzu High Court as family descends on the accused murderers

MZUZU (MaraviPost) -- There was drama at the Mzuzu High Court when Justice Dingiswayo Madise discharged three police officers from a case in which they were being accused of murdering a Natural Resources Collage student Edson Msiska in the city’s police cells in February 2011.Mzuzu

Immediately after discharging the law enforcers, namely, George Kamphe, Lucious Mpakakeni and Victor Msoloma, the bereaved family members descended on the three right at the court premises.

Tears

Ironically, the Drama started with a loud cry in the court room from family members of Edson after the Justice Madise discharged the three suspects.

The decision by justice Madise arrived after the defense team which included Christon Ghambi and George Jivason Kadzipatike applied to the High Court to discharge their clients because state lawyers did not turn during the hearing of defense on the matter today Thursday, 22 July 2014.

The law

The case of the three police officers at Mzuzu Police’s Criminal Investigations Department has been drugging since 2012.

Lawyer for the accused Christon Ghambi based Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code section 247 to apply to the court to discharge the three.

Ghambi told the court that , `` my lord, the state did not even communicated to this honorable court or even to us that they will be present during this case, we are therefore applying to this court to dismiss our clients from this case, basing on countries law.’’

In summary the quoted section states that, when a complaint or the prosecutor does not attend a case, there is no reason to adjourn the case, and the court shall discharge the accused.

After roughing up the accused law enforcers, the disgruntled members of the family besieged northern region police headquarters demanding a meeting with just new boss at the Northern region police headquarters, Commissioner Mrs. Gondwe.

Mzuzu Police Spokesperson Sergeant Maurice Chapola refused to divulge more information saying he had no information.

"I do not have information right now, let me talk to our prosecutors, who went to court for the case and I can comment later,” said Chapola.

Edson’s case

Late Edson Msika then 30, was found dead in Mzuzu Police Cells after he was arrested for found with property suspected to have been stolen.

It was however transpired that the property was for his brother. Police lied to the nation that Edson had been sick.

Postmortem conducted by a renowned Dr. Charles Dzamalala revealed that Edson was brutally murdered.

Dr. Dzamalala told journalists at the Mzuzu central hospital mortuary that, `` since I started my carrier, I have never witness a brutally murdered person like this one.”

Then the first year student at the Natural Resources Collage was 30 years old and came from Rumphi.

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Cashgater Osward Lutepo yet to be granted bail

LILONGWE (MaraviPost) – Chief suspect in the looting of over US$100 million of public coffers at Malawi’s Capital Hill Osward Lutepo is yet to be granted bail, MaraviPost has learnt.Lutepo

Lutepo’s lawyer Osward Mtupila said the “48 hour legal provision” within which bail can be given had not yet elapsed as of 12:00 noon Tuesday.

Mtupila quashed speculations that his client would be denied bail.

“He is supposed to be granted bail as required by the law,” said Mtupila.

Lutepo, a business magnate and former executive member of former president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP), was arrested Sunday on perjury charges.

According to MaraviPost legal correspondents in Lilongwe, Lutepo’s new arrest is in relation to a testimony he gave the court a few months ago related to another ongoing case involving Victor Sithole who was found with large amounts of unexplained cash.

Lutepo had earlier claimed K112 million of the cash, but retracted his statement in court alleging that private practice lawyers Ralph Kasambara and Wapona Kita forced him to claim the money.

Lutepo was expected to appear in court in the capital, Lilongwe, Monday to be charged with perjury but failed allegedly because he was sick.

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3 people die in Dedza car accident

DEDZA (MaraviPost) -- At least three people have died in Malawi’s central region district of Dedza as a motor vehicle they were travelling in overturned twice at Linthipe 2 in the district Tuesday.

Linthipe is one of the most accident prone areas in the country.

Dedza police public relations officer Edward Kabango confirmed the accident and said they have since identified the deceased.

Three others, of the six that were on board, were seriously injured and have since been hospitalized to Dedza District Hospital.

Kabango said the car, a Toyota Hilux, was en route to Lilongwe from Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre.

 

 

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Relatives of murdered college lad protest court decision: Insult judge, police

MZUZU (MaraviPost) -- There was chaos in the northern region city of Mzuzu Tuesday morning as relatives of a Natural Resources College (NRC) student Edison Msiska, allegedly believed to have been killed whilst in police custody, expressed their dissatisfaction in the way the Mzuzu High Court is handling the case.

Msiska died in 2011 and since then the case has not made any headway progress, much to the discontentment of the relatives.

According to MaraviPost correspondents in Mzuzu, three police officers were arrested over the case but were later acquitted by the courts.

Msiska’s family appealed and the case was back to the court Tuesday.

Judge Dingiswayo Madise, ruled in favour of the defendants that the case be adjourned until further notice – a thing that did not go well with the complainants.

They besieged the court premises, hurling insults and proceeded to Mzuzu Police offices and later to the regional police headquarters where they did the same.

Maurice Chapola, Mzuzu Police publicist, said he could not comment on the matter saying he “was not present at the court.”

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Chakufwa’s gravesite still in deplorable state: Father of Malawi’s democracy

MZUZU (MaraviPost) -- A team of Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) diehards has ganged up with an aim of cleaning up Malawi trade unionist and democracy freedom fighter Chakufwa Chihana’s resting place in the northern region city of Mzuzu.Chakufwa

The development comes after long periods of negligence the place has undergone since Chihana died of a brain tumor in 2006.

To date, the place – located behind the being constructed Mzuzu Reserve Bank – which Malawians call a Heroes’ Acre looks shabby and unsecured.

One of the leaders behind the cleaning up exercise Victor Mwale said they thought of coming up because “Chihana remains one of Malawi’s important sons.”

He added: “It is also because we want to come up with a documentary on his life. And there is no way we would be talking about the story of a great man whose final resting place isn’t even a sight to behold.”

But Mwale said they’re facing problems in their exercise because twice they’ve been stopped by government officials who say the site “belongs to the government.

“We hope they will sooner than later understand our cause,” he said.

There was no immediate comment from the Chihana family. One of Chihana’s children, Enock, is the current president of AFORD and the only legislator his party has in parliament.

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