By Malawi Freedom Network
Chakwera Boost Morale Of Human Rights Activists By Visiting Them In Police Custody As Amenesty International Condems The Arrest
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Leader, Lazarus Chakwera on Tuesday morning took some time to visit Human Rights Defenders, Gift Trapence and Reverend MacDonald Sembereka at Lilongwe Police Station.
After visiting the arrested activists, the MCP leader who was accompanied by other party officials told Malawi Freedom Network that he had visited the activists not as a political leader but as concerned Malawian of good will.
Chakwera further said, he was satisfied to find the activists in good spirits although they had spent a night in nasty conditions of police cells.
He also said that he was interested in asking them why and for what they had arrested as his primary objective was to support them morally during the time they spent in custody.
The activists were later taken to court where they denied bail until Friday when hearing of case is expected to start.
Court has since remanded them to Maula Prison.
Police had arrested the two men on Tuesday on accusation of fraud and money laundering in the alleged connection with misappropriation of donor money which was paid by UNAIDS.
The arrest of the two activists comes at a time when they got involved in organising mass demonstrations and vigils aimed at forcing Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Justice Ansah to resign over poor management of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
The two have also been critical of government and it’s leadership over corruption, tribalism and nepotism.
Meanwhile, the Amenesty International has blamed and condemned government of Malawi for the arrest of the activists hence call for their immediate release.