Bon Kalindo acquitted by Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court

By Burnett Munthali

Mangochi, Malawi – Bon Kalindo has been acquitted by the Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court in Mangochi in a case involving allegations of inciting violence during anti-government demonstrations held on November 30, 2023. The court ruled in favor of Kalindo, citing insufficient evidence presented by the State to substantiate the charges.

Kalindo, a prominent figure known for his activism, was arrested several days after the demonstrations amidst claims that individuals associated with the protests had engaged in violent acts, including property destruction, subsequent to presenting a petition.


In delivering the verdict, Senior Resident Magistrate Muhammad Maxwell Chande acknowledged that while Kalindo had organized the demonstrations and some property damage had occurred, there was a lack of conclusive evidence linking Kalindo directly to the alleged violence on the stated date.

“The court finds that the State has not proven the case beyond reasonable doubt. The actions of the accused were within his rights to peaceful protest,” stated Magistrate Chande during the proceedings.

Following his acquittal, Bon Kalindo expressed appreciation for the transparency and integrity demonstrated by the judiciary throughout the trial. He also extended gratitude to the community of Mangochi for their unwavering support since his arrest.

Kalindo reaffirmed his commitment to advocating for the rights of Malawians, emphasizing his dedication to promoting social justice and civic freedoms within the country.

The acquittal of Bon Kalindo marks a significant legal outcome in the context of civil liberties and the right to peaceful assembly in Malawi. It underscores the importance of due process and the burden of proof in judicial proceedings involving allegations of public dissent and activism.

For further updates on developments related to Bon Kalindo and similar cases, stay informed through reliable news sources and official judicial announcements.