Lilongwe senior resident magistrate court has granted bail to UTM member Dr Jessie Kabwira who is answering two charges of inciting violence and uttering words that can prejudice constitutional court ruling on presidential elections case.
Senior resident magistrate Shyreen Chirwa has ordered Kabwira to pay 20, 000 kwacha cash bail bond, submit two traceable sureties worth 200, 000 kwacha non cash, report to central police on Tuesdays every fortnight and notify police whenever she wants to leave Lilongwe city.
Defence lawyer Khwima Mchizi has expressed satisfaction with the ruling saying they will comply with the bail conditions
Kabwira had pleaded not guilty to two counts levelled against her on Monday 13 January 2020.
The state through Cecilia Zangazanga said they had submitted disclosures and were ready for trial having one witness who was already in court.
Zangazanga asked the court to keep Kabwira in custody saying “she poses a threat to the nation.”
However lawyer of Kabwira Khwima Mchizi trashed the reasons for continued stay in custody saying the state failed to provide proper details.
Some years ago when was Member of Parliament of Malawi Congress Party in Salima she was arrested on treason charges
Kabwira who failed in parliamentary elections in 2019 polls was the lecturer at Chancellor College before joining politics.