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Court releases Mzomera Ngwira

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) former regional governor for the Northern Region Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, who was serving a four-year jail term at Mzuzu Prison, has been released.

The High Court sitting in Mzuzu made the ruling yesterday, after Ngwira appealed his conviction and sentence.

Judge Chimwemwe Kamowa said the court agreed with the conviction but disagreed with the sentence and immediately released Ngwira.

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Ngwira, who looked composed and healthy at the time of his release, was convicted of abuse of Local Development Fund during the time he served as Mzimba Hora Constituency member of Parliament.

There were celebrations at Mzuzu Prison when authorities released Ngwira at 04:50pm.

Ngwira looked jovial as he was welcomed by family members, DPP supporters and friends.

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Speaking in an interview, Ngwira said he was happy that he was out and commended DPP president Peter Mutharika, former president Bakili Muluzi and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa for the support rendered to him and the family when he was in prison.

“I want to thank Ackim Mwanza, who was serving in my position in acting capacity, for a job well done. I was following what he was doing for the party. That is why I salute him.

“I also want to thank my wife, Martha, relatives and friends for the support. Precisely, I thank our president Peter Mutharika and former president Bakili Muluzi, Leston Mulli and Jappie Mhango for standing with me all the time,” Ngwira said.

DPP vice president for the Northern Region Goodall Gondwe said in a separate interview that Ngwira’s release was a plus to the party.

Gondwe said Ngwira was one of the powerful politicians in the region, hence asked DPP supporters to work with him.

“We are very happy that he has been released and we have hope that he will contribute to efforts aimed at strengthening the party,” Gondwe said.

Ngwira was scheduled to be released next year.

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