The Mzuzu Senior Resident Magistrate Court Monday acquitted former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor [Northern Region] Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira and three others in a case where they were accused of disrupting Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera’s rally in 2016.
The others acquitted are DPP director of operations Joe Nyirongo, Rumbani Munthali and Ngile Kayira.
The four were charged with counts such as acts causing grievous bodily harm, malicious damage, proposed violence and indecent assault.
However, the court has said George Mwamtowe, Thembi Ngosi and Fizwell Zimba have a case to answer.
Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Kandulu said the State failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the four suspects had a hand in the violence that happened in Chibavi, Mzuzu City.
Kandulu further faulted the State for failing to prove that the four were connected to the smashing of an MCP vehicle, undressing of People’s Party women and hacking of Chakwera’s bodyguard Sten Majamanda.
However, the court ordered that Frank Kashololo be arrested for allegedly having a hand in the disruption of the rally.
Ngwira’s lawyer Christon Ghamba said the ruling meant Ngwira was innocent.
“The court has seen that the State has failed to prove the cases beyond reasonable doubt and we are happy that justice has prevailed because Ngwira and the others are innocent,” he said.
The State’s representatives were not available for comment but Northern Region Police deputy spokesperson Maurice Chapola said they would respect the court’s ruling.
Ngwira looked firm throughout the reading of the ruling and his wife Martha, and other family members, celebrated outside the courtroom.
However, Ngwira was taken to Mzimba Prison, where he is serving a four-year jail term after he was found guilty of mismanaging Local Development Fund allocations.