BLANTYRE – Malawi’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it will not thrust aside its governor for the south, Noel Masangwi, who was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of Robert Chasowa, just because he is facing murder charges.
Speaking in reaction to the arrest of Masangwi and Ngalande, who were nabbed with other three suspects, DPP Publicity Secretary Nicolas Dausi said the party was saddened with the arrest of the two, but quickly said they will not discard them.
He also said the party will not be affected in any way. Dausi insisted that the suspects are innocent and that they should be treated as such until they are found guilty by a competent court of law.
“Suspects are always considered innocent. The court will determine whether they are guilty or not. But as far as we are concerned, the two are innocent until the court proves beyond reasonable doubt.
“The party will not abandon them just because they in police custody, no. We will be by their sides to placate them,” said Dausi.
The other three suspects are boxing promoter Mike Chitenje, Ston Mwamande, Sam Chulu and police officer Stanford Horea. Southern Region Police arrested the six this week following their reported involvement in the murder of fourth year Polytechnic engineering student Chasowa, who was found dead at the college’s campus in September last year.
The special commission of inquiry established and named 15 suspects in its report.
It's unclear at this time when the suspects will be taken too court but police say they will answer murder charges, according to Section 109 of the country’s Penal Code.
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