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Don’t Treat Suspect Kalindo As Prisoner–Nankhumwa

By The Radar, BLANTYRE

Leader of Opposition-LoP in Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa has spoken strongly against what he describes as an unconstitutional treatment of suspects as prisoners already.

He has also reminded the country’s police that none is guilty until proven so by a competent court of law.

Nankhumwa said this after visiting political activist Bon Kalindo at Mtakataka Police Station in Dedza on Saturday following his fresh arrest in Lilongwe on Friday.

“He is in sound health. But says he can’t understand why that each and every time he is arrested, he is driven hundreds of kilometers away under heavy police escort,” explains Nankhumwa.

However, the LoP agrees with him and condemns the police conduct of arresting someone, driving him away and keeping him somewhere hundreds of kilometers.

He argues: “You know police stations don’t provide food. Who is going to give him food? Would his family members travel that long distance, all the way to Mtakataka, with a cup of tea?

“Last time they took him to Dwangwa under the very same circumstances. What if he collapses there due to hunger? Are these arrests normal?”

In a statement yesterday, National Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya said Kalindo’s latest arrest relates to his interview on the closed Rainbow Television in December 2021.

Among others, Kalindo claimed he knew people behind the careless attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism in the country.

He was charged with uttering false information likely to cause fear and alarm to the public.

Kalaya added Kalindo last honoured his bail conditions in April this year. He will appear in court on Monday.

For the past weeks, the outspoken Kalindo, under the banner ‘Malawi First, has been leading protests pushing for the resignation of President Lazarus Chakwera over his alleged failure to manage state affairs.

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