The Zomba Resident Magistrate Court has reserved its bail ruling for Malawi Electoral Commission – MEC Commissioner Linda Kunje and her driver Jones Tewesa.
Eastern region police have charged the two with offences bordering on reckless driving and putting other people at risk of losing lives.
According to the police, on 10 December, 2020 the two were driving recklessly on the Zomba-Limbe road risking the presidential convoy to an accident.
The two, who reportedly refused to give way to the presidential convoy, have since denied the charges levelled against them.
Senior Resident Magistrate Helen Kachala has since committed to decide on the duo’s bail application tomorrow, Thursday, 17 December.
“There are so many grounds for objecting the bail. First is that the case is still under investigation, the other reason, they are answering a serious offence, and the other reason was that they can interfere with witnesses, being an influential woman she can easily interfere,” said Eastern Region Police prosecutor Josephine Chigawa.
Meanwhile, defence lawyer Chimwemwe Kalua argues that the two are public figures who cannot ignore court orders if granted bail.
“We argued our case in the sense that we don’t see why Commissioner Kunje should not be granted bail, even her driver. Because we do not think that they will in anyway influence investigations on the part of the state, we do not know who the witness the state will parade are, therefore there is no way we can say that my client will be in a position to influence those witnesses , we don’t know who they are,” argued Kalua .
Kalua went on to admit that the offence is serious, but was quick to emphasize that it is not heinous enough to warrant them not being granted bail.