Lawyers for Ken Kamwambi, a suspect in the K500 million (about $783,699) robbery at Standard Bank Mzuzu Branch, have written the Attorney General (AG) and Malawi Prison Service (MPS) demanding K5 million (about $7,836) compensation for alleged assault.
Kamwambi, a police officer who is among three people answering robbery charges before Mzuzu First Grade Magistrate’s Court in connection with over K500 million robbery at Standard Bank Mzuzu Branch last year, is alleged to have been beaten by officials at Mzimba Prison.
He claimed he was transferred to the prison without the knowledge of his lawyers and relatives.
One of Kamwambi’s lawyers, George Kadzipatike, yesterday confirmed the claim of K5 million compensation. He said it is high time security agents started to treat suspects as suspects.
According to a letter of claim The Nation has seen, the lawyers have given MPS and two officials 90 days to make the payment or face court action.
“It is our client’s story that while at Mzimba Prison, Mr. Siyambiri and Mr. Msumba organised a group of 15 prison officers who severely assaulted and tortured our client for no reason whatsoever. According to our client, Mr. Msumba is a medical person who is supposed to take care of prisoners at Mzimba Prison,” says the letter.
AG Kalekeni Kaphale could not be reached for comment.
However, Northern Region prisons spokesperson Austin Mwasangwale said he was not aware of the alleged assault.
“We have been handling Kamwambi like any suspect and there have been no reports of him being beaten,” he said. n