By Chancy Namadzunda:
Former UTM Director of Youth Bon Kalindo has been arrested for an offence of publishing a false statement contrary to section 60(1) of the Penal Code, Malawi Police Service Public Relations Officer James Kadadzera has confirmed.
On Thursday, whilst addressing a crowd gathered for anti-government demonstrations in Mangochi, Kalindo allegedly said former Deputy Speaker of Parliament Clement Chiwaya was murdered.
Chiwaya committed suicide on September 30 in the office of Clerk of Parliament.
“Kalindo deliberately published this false statement since there are credible official findings that late Clement Chiwaya committed suicide. A false statement alleging murder pf a prominent member of the society is likely to cause fear and alarm to members of the public especially the community to which the deceased belonged and is as much an offence under section 60(1) of the Penal Code.
“Kalindo has also been arrested on the same charge in relation to a statement he recently made in Mzuzu alleging that the government was aware of those behind gruesome murders of persons with albinism. Similarly, falsely alleging that the government is aware of those perpetrating murders of persons with albinism is likely to cause fear and alarm to members of general public especially persons with albinism who already live in constant fear of being murdered.
“The service remains committed to respecting the right to freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstrations and the right to freedom of expression and as such this arrest is not connected to the ongoing demonstrations,” reads part of the statement released on Friday