Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana has remanded politician Bon Kalindo to Maula Prison for four days until January 31 when she will make a bail ruling.
Kalindo was arrested on Tuesday on allegations of illegal electricity connection to the house he is renting. He has been charged with the count of tampering with an electricity metre.
He has since pleaded not guilty to the charge.
When he appeared in court for bail application, the State asked the court to remand Kalindo to Maula Prison for seven days to finish their investigations.
The State said the remand would also prevent Kalindo from committing further offences as he is already on bail over two other cases.
The State said Kalindo’s offence is a serious matter that can attract a K5 million fine or 10 years imprisonment, if found guilty.
Lawyer representing Kalindo, Gilbert Khonyongwa, said the police should have finished investigations before effecting the arrest.
He said Kalindo was a Malawian who resides in the house with his family and that he is a human rights activist and not a flight risk.
“Remanding Kalindo for seven days for an accusation that he tampered with an electricity meter is not in the interest of justice,” Khonyongwa said.
But the State told the court that the accused was a flight risk and therefore there was no reason to give him bail.