Nov 23, 2017 Last Updated 1:22 PM, Nov 22, 2017


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A police officer in Lilongwe, Malawi is to be in custody for another seven days to be investigated further on the charge of assaulting his wife.

The accused, Micheal Loga, appeared before the Senior Resident Magistrate Court in Lilongwe on Monday for bail application.

He was arrested for the offence of causing bodily harm which is contrary to section 254 of the penal code.

Upon his appearance in court, Loga, through his legal council was applying for bail following his arrest. The state however told the court that the police still have to make further investigations on the matter where Loga beat his wife to the extent where she ended up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The state believes that he has to remain in custody because he can influence witnesses including the wife.

He being a sub inspector in the Malawi Police Service is believed to have the capacity of influencing witnesses who are probably his juniors.

The defence however highlighted that the bail was not in any way going to give a chance to the accused to interfere with police investigations since he is a police officer who knows that he has to abide by the law.

It was also narrated in court that the accused has two children aged five and eight, who need his care and support.

However, giving his ruling Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Chiwotcha agreed with the state that the man must remain in custody as investigations are underway.

Chiwotcha insists that a husband and wife case such as this is unpredictable on how it will end bearing in mind that the wife can choose to drop charges due to influence.

 He however indicated that the act was brutal where the wife was beaten up to the extent where she ended up in ICU.

 He therefore granted the state its prayer that there be a seven day holding charge and the case returns to the Magistrates court on the 21st of this month.

The Senior Resident Magistrate court in Malawi's capital,  Lilongwe has ordered that land activist Vincent Wandale should be sent to Zomba Mental Hospital for medical treatment.

The ruling comes as Wandale is on trial for allegedly spreading false news.

Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Chiwotcha indicated that the court had the mandate to suggest tha Wandale be examined on his mental status even when he did not want to.

 Chiwotcha told the court that the due process was conducted by competent Psychiatrists from the Kamuzu central Hospital where results indicated that he is not mentally sound.

The aim was to check whether Wandale can stand trial or not.

 It was revealed in the Magistrate court that Wandale started having his delusional beliefs in 2008 and there is a belief from the report that he may have had his delusions way before the

Chiwotcha therefore ruled that Wandale does not need to plead but be sent to Zomba Mental Hospital.

After the ruling Wandale told Capital FM that he is being sent to the mental hospital to be executed.

“I believe this is an execution, they want to kill me.

 They are forcing me to go there. I cannot be sent to a hospital without my consent,” wandale said.

The self acclaimed supreme leader the so-called independent country, United States of Mulanje and Thyolo who represented himself in the case believes he is still innocent as he has not been found guilty yet and the state has no interest in him.

Head of Prosecutions at the Malawi Police Service indicated that Wandale is making the claims because he does not know the law.

Wandale appeared in court on Tuesday in camera where a medical report on his mental capacity revealed that he is mentally ill.

Results of the report also indicate that medical doctors and relatives to Wandale find him to be mentally ill.

The Civil Society is lobbying legislators to boycott the forthcoming sitting of parliament, in protest against the omission of electoral reforms and political financing bills on the agenda.

The boycott is being championed by the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP).

In a statement, leaders of these institutions describe the government’s failure to include the two bills on the agenda as a betrayal to Malawians, and a clear sign that the reforms are not a priority to the government.

They single out the passing of 50+1 electoral system as very vital, to ensure that national leaders are elected by the majority.

Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa recently told Capital FM that the bills are not on the agenda list because the cabinet was still scrutinizing them.

However Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) Steve Duwa described the delays as retrogressive, arguing that the electoral reforms may not be implemented during the 2019 elections.

Parliamentarians are set to start meeting this Friday in the capital, Lilongwe.

The Senior Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has adjourned hearing of an assault case involving three women from Area 25 to Thursday this week.

The three accused persons appeared in court on charges of insulting the modesty of a woman and performing acts intended to cause grievous harm.

The court heard through the state that the convict suffered intense torture for eight hours and was humiliated when nude pictures of her went viral.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission through its representation from Peter Mota has also told the court that right to dignity and the privacy of the victim were violated.

The state is pushing for a maximum sentence of life imprisonment to be imposed on the three women for their conduct.

Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona has requested that evidence from the state be presented in the chambers to prevent the public from seeing the evidence together with the victim's face at once.

The Judgement is expected to be delivered on Thursday.

In a similar incident the court has denied bail of three other women who assaulted a fellow woman whom they suspected of having an affair with a married man.

Residents in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe are recovering from the effects of heavy rains which have injured nine people and destroyed vehicles and buildings.

Those injured are inmates from Maula prison, where the rains accompanied by strong winds blew off roofs of some buildings at the prison.

The rains that also uprooted trees which fell on vehicles come a few days after a weather expert assured Malawians that the country would not experience destructive weather events.

Those injured were inmates from Maula prison, where the storm blew off roofs of some buildings at the prison.

According to officials from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) they are currently undertaking a comprehensive assessment on the damage caused by the stormy rains.

In a statement, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Clement Chinthu Phiri said DODMA is working with the Malawi Defense Force and Lilongwe City Council to assess the situation.

Phiri further indicated that they are clearing the areas that have been blocked by fallen trees and rehabilitate the damaged office block at Maula prison.

He revealed that such storms are likely to occur in different parts of the country during this rainy season, therefore people need to check the ability of their buildings, especially roofs to withstand the disaster.

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