Outspoken academician, rights activist and politician, Dr. Jessie Kabwila has been arrested.
Dr. Kabwila, an ardent follower of the UTM party, was arrested yesterday in Lilongwe while she was celebrating her birthday.
Her arrest, reportedly, involved a police operation of not less that a dozen police officers.
UTM spokesperson Dr. Joseph Chidanti-Malunga says the party is yet to understand the charges for the arrest.
"We are yet to gather information from the police on the matter but we suspect that it's bordering on her remarks during the recent demonstrations led by HRDC," said Dr. Chidanti-Malunga.
On Thursday, Dr. Kabwira said Malawians would not allow anyone to disobey the republican constitution and would take to the streets at any slightest indication that this is happening.
She observed that every step of the "case" (presidential election case) was followed by the majority of Malawians and expect that judges will met out justice in the endl.
Kabwila also stressed that people of Malawi will not tire to press for the stepping down of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Dr. Jane Ansah.
The HRDC demonstration was meant to pressure the Malawi Police Service take action against officers that are suspected to have raped and defiled women at M'bwatalika, Mpingu and Msundwe in October in what most people now believe was a revenge mission after a police officer was stoned to death at Msundwe while on duty.
Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, now says Dr. Kabwira has been charged with "inciting violence and threatening judicial officers" in the ongoing presidential election case.
Ironically, Kadadzera says Dr. Kabwila will be brought to court when investigations on the matter are concluded.
UTM and the Malawi Congress Party presidential candidates in the 2019 election are in the Constitutional Court demanding the nullification of MEC results in the race on the basis that the process was mismanaged citing alleged irregularities.
The MEC declared President Peter Mutharika as victor in the said election.
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