Nankhumwa pleads for Chakwera’s forgiveness on Kunje, Mussa John

Convicted Mussa John at court

Leader of the opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has called on President Lazarus Chakwera to consider pardoning John Mussa and former Malawi Electoral Commissioner Linda Kunje.

The 19 year old was initially sentenced to 8 years imprisonment with hard labour for being found in possession of Indian hemp locally known as Chamba which was later revised to three years.

On the other hand, Commissioner Kunje was convicted on 19th August 2022 on a crime bordering on reckless driving and negligence by obstructing Chakwera’s convoy in 2020 despite several warnings not to proceed by traffic police on her way from Zomba to Blantyre.

She is currently serving an 18 month sentence at Zomba Maximum Security Prison.

Recently media reports indicated that she had been transferred to Zomba central hospital due to pneumonia and anaemia.

Nankhumwa: He may be just a teenager who did not have full knowledge of his actions

“Your Excellency it is not my intention to argue whether the 19-year old boy is innocent or not, but to appeal to your selfless human nature, and based on the fact that other people who faced similar offences like Mussa John‘s or even worse walked out with fines.

“Your Excellency, the question that Malawians are asking is: Were the other people set free because they are well off in the society and capable of paying the fines? This is where people think they could have been injustice, and that Your Excellency, Sir, are the only one who can equalize this perceived injustice.

“Apart from being a teenager, Mussa John had the responsibility of looking after his old mother and sister with disabilities. He may be just a teenager who did not have full knowledge of his actions” read the letter.

Some other concerned citizens led by musician Fredokiss organized a solidarity march advocating for the teenager’s release.