Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor (North) Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has been implicated in a violence case.
It is alleged that some people attacked a solidarity rally for the then opposition political parties at Chibavi in Mzuzu City on March 20 2016.
On Monday, police in Mzuzu arrested DPP’s deputy director of operations Joe Nyirongo, popularly known as Big Joe, alongside George Mwamtobe, Lumbani Munthali and Thembisile Nkosi for the incident.
But when they appeared before senior resident magistrate Peter Kandulu yesterday, police prosecutor Betty Msowoya said they alleged that they got instructions from their leader.
But lawyer representing the four, Christon Ghambi, revealed that the said leader was Mzomera Ngwira, who has already been summoned by police.
He said Mzomera Ngwira will present himself to police in due course as he is not feeling well.
Ghambi included Mzomera Ngwira in the bail application, saying the law allowed him to apply for someone who was yet to be arrested.
However, Msowoya said the four should not be granted bail because they flouted bail conditions in 2016.
“We are ready with all witnesses and they will make brief statements within two days,” she said.
But Ghambi wondered why the State had failed to bring his clients to court in four years, arguing that police were getting orders from somewhere to drag the case.
Among others, the five are accused of causing bodily grievance harm, unlawful assembly and proposing violence. They all pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Kandulu has since reserved his bail ruling to Tuesday July 21 2020.
The 2016 rally was addressed by President Lazarus Chakwera representing Malawi Congress Party, Alliance for Democracy leader Enoch Chihana, and then People’s Party third vice-president Kamlepo Kalua.