Thursday, February 2, 2023
HomeMalawiMalawi police’s delay tactics in handling MCP legislators’ treasonous charges angers defense...

Malawi police’s delay tactics in handling MCP legislators’ treasonous charges angers defense lawyer

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators, Jessie Kabwira, Peter Chankhwatha and Ulemu Msungama on Monday, December 3, had their bail for the alleged treason and sedition charges extended to January 31, 2017.

According to the head of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the police want to do thorough investigation into the matter before taking the trio to court, hence the extension.

MCP members answering treason charges
MCP members answering treason charges

However, the delay has angered the defense team with lawyer Gustavo Kaliwo representing the trio threatening to take legal action through the High Court in order to dispose the case before January.

Kaliwo told journalists at Area 30 Police Headquarters in the capital Lilongwe that the delay to take his clients to court was tantamount to human rights violation.

Kaliwo who is also MCP’s Secretary General accused the police of torturing his clients for lack of evident over the matter.

He hinted that if the police have insufficient evidence against his clients, they could drop the charges considering the time the matter has taken failing to take his client to court.

“The bail has once again extended to January 31, 2017. This is disgusting considering the time frame the matter has taken without taking my clients to court. We don’t really understand their real intensions on this matter though today we have been told that this is the last time for the police to extend the bail.

“This is injustice to innocent lives that are always on move to appear before the police while they don’t have evidence. But as earlier said we thought the time they were arresting my clients had imminent evidence to take them to court based also on the circumstance the three underwent upon their arrest in February”, said Kaliwo.

He further disclosed that before the extended bail date, the defense team will redress the anomaly.

“It’s almost a year the matter came into the public but no tangible effort is coming from the police. We earlier indicated that the team was to seek legal remedy on matter over the delays for the state to take the matter to court. But we failed to do as there was no single agreement amongst my clients but this time have resolved one thing which we might come to the media before January 31, 2017”, said Kaliwo.

There was no immediate comment from Kadadzera National Police Spokesperson over the continued extension of the bail.

Both Kabwira and Chankhwatha were in their second police appearances cleared to travel outside the country on official duties as Members of Parliament (MPs).

According to the police charge sheet the three MCP officials were said to be plotting to topple President Peter Mutharika through a WhatsApp conversation.

Since then, the Malawi media has be awash with different versions on the trio’s real charges as reports indicate that Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale did not endorse the arrest of the MCP officials but rather it was Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu who sanctioned the arrest the move which has cornered the police on how to proceed with the case.

After the arrest of the three, Inspector General of Police (IG) Lexen Kachama through the press conference confessed to the public that the police did not have proper charges for them saying their arrest was a mere warning to what they were discussing on WhatsApp.


The Maravi Post has over one billion views since its inception in December of 2009. Viewed in over 100 countries Follow US: Twitter @maravipost Facebook Page : maravipost Instagram: maravipost    

Most Popular

Recent Comments

The History of online Casinos – Agora Poker – hao029 on The History of online Casinos
Five factors that will determine #NigeriaDecides2023 - NEWSCABAL on Leadership Is Difficult Because Governance Is Very Stubborn, By Owei Lakemfa
Asal Usul Texas Holdem Poker – Agora Poker – hao029 on The Origins of Texas Holdem Poker
Malawi has asked Mike Tyson to be its cannabis ambassador - Techio on Malawi lawmaker Chomanika against Mike Tyson’s appointment as Cannabis Brand Ambassador over sex offence
Finley Mbella on Brand Chakwera leaks Part 1
Maria Eduarda Bernardo on The 2021 Guide to Trading Forex Online
Atsogo Kemso, Political Foot Soldier on Why MCP and UTM Alliance Will Fail
Em. Prof. Willem Van Cotthem - Ghent University, Belgium on Malawi army, National bank cover Chilumba barrack with trees
Christopher Murdock on Why dating older woman is dangerous?
Samantha The Hammer on Why dating older woman is dangerous?
Muhindo Isevahani on The Cold War Against TB Joshua
JCON/SCOAN/BKN(888/8885/8808) on The Cold War Against TB Joshua
Keen Observer on Jesse Kabwila, Then and Now
Francesco Sinibaldi on Advertising in 2020 and beyond
Light Kwasi on