Court reserves Chakwera hecklers’ ruling

By Chisomo Phiri

Principal Resident Magistrate Godfrey Balaka of Blantyre Magistrate Court has on Wednesday reserved his ruling on bail application for the three people arrested in connection to blocking and stoning President Lazarus Chakwera’s convoy on Friday last week.

The three are Hector Ndawala,38,Pearson Chimimba, 48, and Lucy Namba, 25,.

The State through South West Police Region prosecution officer Damiano Kaputa asked the court to allow police to continue keeping the suspects in police cell for the next seven days.

He told the court that police were yet to complete their investigations on the matter,but lawyers representing the accused persons, Chancy Gondwe and Alexious Kamangira, asked the court to release them on bail saying; they are all Malawians, cannot interfere with the investigations or State witnesses and that the case they are answering is not a serious one, among other things.

After hearing from both sides, Balaka said he will deliver the ruling on Friday.

The three suspects have been formally charged with intention to endanger safety of persons travelling by road, criminal negligence and failing to stop for the State President.