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Mzomera Ngwira back in court next month

By Kelvin Tembo

A violence case involving former Democratic Progressive Party-DPP Regional Governor for the North Christopher Mzomera Ngwira is set to continue next month.

Ngwira and 6 others appeared before the Senior Resident Magistrate Court in Mzuzu yesterday and the case has been adjourned to March 17.

The 7 are accused of inciting violence at a political rally organized by the Malawi Congress Party-MCP, Alliance for Democracy-AFORD and Peoples Party-PP in 2016 in Mzuzu.

Ngwira and the others, are alleged to have caused bodily harm, convening an unlawful assembly, malicious damage and proposing violence during a rally presided over by the MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera, who is now the country’s President.

The rally was disrupted by Panga wielding individuals who caused mayhem by hacking three people and damaging some vehicles.

 The 7 appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Kandulu yesterday where the State paraded 3 more witnesses, bringing the total number of witnesses to 14.

The witnesses included MCP Vice President for the North Harry Mkandawire, Cullen Nyirongo and a Medical Officer at Katoto MASM Clinic.

Mkandawire who at the time was a PP member, told the court that he personally received a text message from Ngwira warning him not to attend the political rally, saying it would end in bloodshed.

On his part, the Medical Officer, Nyirongo presented medical reports as evidence to the court for victims who got injured and were treated at the facility.

Lawyer for Ngwira and the six, Christon Ghambi expressed satisfaction with the progress of the case, with hope that justice will prevail soon.

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