Police in the Northern Region are hunting for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor (North) Christopher Mzomera Ngwira over his alleged involvement in a 2016 political violence case.
In an interview yesterday, Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya said Mzomera Ngwira is at large.
He said: “We have a warrant of arrest for him. We have visited his house several times, but we can’t find him. When called on the phone, he promised to hand himself over.
“So, we are still hunting for him and we hope to find him soon.”
In the case, it is alleged that Ngwira sent some people to disrupt a solidarity rally for opposition parties at Chibavi Ground in Mzuzu on March 20 2016.
Last week, police arrested DPP deputy director of operations Joe Nyirongo, popularly known as Big Joe, alongside George Mwamtobe, Lumbani Munthali and Thembisile Nkosi in connection with the incident.
The five are accused of causing bodily harm, unlawful assembly and proposing violence.
In a separate interview yesterday, Ngwira’s lawyer Christon Ghambi dismissed allegations that his client was on the run.
“My client is available and will be handing over himself to police anytime,” he said.
Meanwhile, the four suspects are still behind bars as the bail ruling scheduled for July 21 2020 did not take place because senior resident magistrate Peter Kandulu had travelled to Blantyre for other official duties.
The ruling has been rescheduled for this Thursday.
The 2016 rally was addressed by President Lazarus Chakwera representing Malawi Congress Party, Alliance for Democracy leader Enock Chihana and then People’s Party third vice-president Kamlepo Kalua.