Jomo charged with malicious damage and theft

Isaac Jomo Osman

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councillor for M’thandizi ward, Isaac Jomo Osman(aka Ntopwa 1) will have to spend two more nights at Chichiri Prison as the Blantyre Resident Magistrate’s Court has denied his bail application on the charges of malicious damage and theft.

Osman, who is also the owner of a TNM Super League club, Ntopwa FC and a women's football side, was arrested on Monday on suspicion that he and other accomplices invaded the house of Member of Parliament for Blantyre Bangwe, Orphan Shawa and violently damaged three car windscreens, stole three Samsung and two Itel cellphones valued at K1,035,000.

According to Limbe Police Public Relations Officer, Patrick Mussa, the incident happened last year on May 25 as Shawa was at his residence in Mpingwe celebrating his victory after winning as an independent legislator after the Tripartite election.

Appearing before the Blantyre Magistrates court on Tuesday, Osman’s lawyer Chancy Gondwe prayed for bail, but the court set Thursday for the ruling.

Southern Region Police Prosecutor representing the defence, Bright Sanudi said they ready to follow the court ruling since it is to its discretion.

According to Sanudi, Osman’s charges contravene section 344 (1) and 278 of the penal code respectively.

Osman hails from Mtalimanja village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.