July 2, 2020

Suspect Re-Arrested For Plotting To Bewitch Magistrate, Prosecutor

Allow Judiciary to be subject to scrutiny

Allow Judiciary to be subject to scrutiny

By Mike Gwadani

The Lilongwe First Grade Magistrate’s Court has revoked the bail of a 30-year old man for plotting to bewitch the court personnel handling his forgery and theft by servant case.

According to Lilongwe Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Sergeant Foster Benjamin the suspect, Given Chapita, stands accused of the case alongside two other accomplices, Joseph Chavula, 32,and Favour Lemani, 24.

“The court, through State Prosecutor Superintendent Patrick Chambuluka, learnt that the three , between August last year and February this year, forged an official document at their workplace,  Total Filling Station,  and stole cash amounting to over K8.1 million” he said.

Benjamin also said the accused denied the charge, and applied for bail on 4 March.

“First Grade Magistrate Diana Mangwana granted their wish and they were released on bail.

“However, the second accused, Chapita, led his fellow accomplices to a witchdoctor in Salima to seek charms to deal with both the magistrate and the prosecutor,” said Benjamin.

He further said the prosecutor got informed by some well-wisher and he alerted the magistrate.

“Magistrate Mangwana quizzed the accused and they admitted to have consulted the witchdoctor to bewitch the court personnel to end their case prematurely.

“The magistrate immediately revoked bail bond of the second case and ordered he be remanded to Maula Prison ” he said.

Meanwhile, the three have been found with cases to answer and the case has been adjourned to next week Friday.

Chapita comes from Mawiriga Village, Traditional Authority Mpondasi in Mangochi; Chavula is from Zanyata Village,  T/A Mzikubola, in Mzimba while Lemani hails from M’mangila Village under T/A Tambala in Dedza.


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