Kabwila granted bail on three conditions

Jessie Kabwila

Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate  Court Shyreen Yona Chirwa has granted bail to Jessie Kabwila, a women's rights activist and executive member of the UTM Party.

The Court had yesteday pended Kabwila's bail ruling to today.

The Magistrate observed that the state has failed to prove that if the applicant is given bail she could commit further crimes.

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Magistrate Yona observed that bail is a fundamental right which is given to avoid pre-trial punishment.

The court gave three bail conditions which included reporting to Area 30 or Area 3 Police station, seeking permission everytime she intends to travel.

The court further also ordered that she pays cash bond of K20,000 and two sureties of K200,000 non cash bond from two traceable people.

Kabwila is facing two counts of proposing violence, contrary to section 87 of the penal code and uttering words to prejudice the judiciary in relation to the pending Constitutional Court ruling.

Kabwila is facing two counts of proposing violence, contrary to section 87 of the penal code and uttering words to prejudice the judiciary in relation to the pending Constitutional Court ruling.

Kabwila was arrested on Saturday night by 15 police officers and she has been at Area 3 police cells in the capital Lilongwe.

Police is accusing Kabwila of threatening to cause civil unrest if the judges sitting as the Constitutional Court rule against nullification of presidential results.

She issued the threat during last Thursday’s demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

In her own words, the former Malawi Congress Party publicity secretary said, “We were listening to the proceedings and am here to tell you we won’t accept anything other than nullification, so get ready (tonse timamvera mlanduwu, ndiye sitilora zauchibwana zilizonse kupatula kugamula kuti kuchitike rerun, apo bii muzanukha mphira mdziko muno)."