DPP's Mzomera Ngwira hands himself to police

Christopher Mzomera Ngwira

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Regional Governor for Northern Region, Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, on Thursday handed himself over to police in Mzuzu in connection to an alleged crime committed in 2016.

Northen Region Police Public Relations Officer Peter Malaya, has confirmed saying Ngwira will later today appear before the court together with four other DPP officials who were arrested last week.

"Yes Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira came this morning [at Mzuzu Police Station] to hand himself over to us. If you remember his case was adjourned to today. We had warant of arrest for him.

"We have been hunting for him and this morning he came with his lawyer [Christin Ghambi] and at the moment his statement is being  recorded and he will be taken to court later on today possibly around 11," says Kalaya.

He adds that Reverend Ngwira will be jointly charged with four others, offences of causing bodily harm, unlawful assembly and proposing violence.

Last week police in Mzuzu arrested DPP Deputy Director of Operations, Joe Nyirongo , well know as Big Joe, Lumbani Munthali, Thembisile Nkosi and George Mwamtobe on allegations that on March 20, 2016 working on orders from Reverend Ngwira they disrupted Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Alliance for Democracy (Aford) and Peoples Party (PP) rally at Chibavi in Mzuzu.

At least three people were wounded including bodyguard to Lazarus Chakwera.

Meanwhile, the case is slated today for bail application.

Last week the state through lead prosecutor Bet Msowoya objected to bail application of the four suspects arguing that the offences they committed; causing bodily harm, unlawful assembly, proposing violence are heinous.

But lawyer Ghambi, who is also representing the four accused, counter argued that they deserve bail because in 2016 they were granted bail on the same charges.
Senior Resident Magistrate, Peter Kandulu, is expected to deliver his ruling today.