LILONGWE-(MaraviPost). Malawi Police has extended bail for the arrested top officials of the Malawi Congress Party namely Dr Jessie Kabwira, Peter Chankhwatha who are both Member of Parliaments (MPs) and shadow MP Ulemu Msungama. The three were politically by the Peter Mutharika administration and were charged with treason and sedition charges.
This is the third time the Malawi police has extended the bail application which some quarters of the society has questioned the legality of the case whether the state has enough evidence to take the trio to court.
According to the police bail sheet the three MCP officials are said to be plotting to topple President Peter Mutharika through a WhatsApp conversation on ways to curtail the move.
Since then, the Malawi media has be a washed with different version on the trio’s real charges as reports indicate that Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale didn’t not endorse the arrest of the MCP officials but rather it as 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 were discussing on WhatsApp.
Addressing journalists soon after the trio appeared at Area 30, Police Headquarters in the capital Lilongwe on Friday, morning, per bail condition, Gustav Kaliwo, the trio’s lawyer who is also MCP Secretary General expressed worrisome over the police delay to charge his clients properly arguing that the move aimed at harassing and intimating the party through unfound accusation to suffocate the party’s role of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership.
Kaliwo hinted that the party will not get tied with the delaying tactics authority was playing on his clients saying the battle rages on until the truth was known.
“As you remember that their bails were extended to this day April 29, 2016, so, we came expecting that we would be told when this matter is going to be prosecuted in court. Sadly again, their bails have been extended up to May 31, 2016. No genuine reasons have been given for the third extension of bail apart from saying investigation on the same is still underway. So will wait the police to tell us the date when my clients will be taken to court to prove the alleged treason and sedition charges.
“Once again, this is very disappointing development regarding to how the matter is being handled because you can’t expect the police just arrest someone without proper evidence against them. My clients are very ready to battle with the authority in court even now. Currently, we are still monitoring the situation closely as the move is just there to harass and intimidate us as a party”, worried Kaliwo.
The Maravi Post later caught up with Kabwira, a legislator for Salima North West Constituency, who challenged the authority to produce the evidence against them on the alleged treason saying the motive was to suffocate the insightful role as opposition party on the mess DPP government has inflicted on Malawians.
Kabwira said the extension of the bail will not stop her as MCP Spokesperson on pointing out issues affecting Malawians including food, drug shortages in public hospitals, skyrocketing of goods and services.
“This extension is a joke as its for third time. The time we are spending visiting the police we could have been in constituencies carrying developmental activities. In fact, am almost ready to be in court to challenge the state as I have enough evidence that we didn’t plan take over government.
“This just show that the state don’t have enough evidence to carry on the case to the court. We ready even the first time the state arrested us.However, the delay to prosecute me won’t stop us from pointing out critical issues affecting Malawians.
Therefore, am urging our men and women in uniform to conduct their
duties professionally not being used as political instruments to hunt others without proper reasons”, appeals Kabwira.
There was no immediate reaction from both Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale as were reportedly locked up in a meeting on how they will proceed with the matter.