By Bernard Mhone:
The case involving rapper Fred Penjani Kalua better known as Fredokiss in music circle has been rescheduled to August 3 this year.
Mzuzu Chief Resident Magistrate, Gladys Gondwe, adjourned the case to July 28 this month in which Kalua pleaded not guilty to the charge of influencing voters to choose a particular candidate in the fresh presidential elections.
In an interview, Fredokiss’s lawyer, Leonard Mbulo from Mbulo Attorney said the High Court sitting in Mzuzu told them to come on Monday as the court is hearing cases on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s in accordance with new precautionary measures to Covid-19.
“We went to the court but upon reaching at the registry, we were told to come on Monday when the court reconvenes because currently the court has set Monday, Wednesday and Friday as days for hearing cases because of new measures of preventing the spread of Covid-19,” Mbulo said.
The state is expected to parade eight witnesses when the court reconvenes.
Fredokiss was arrested on June 23 at Mulowe in Rumphi District by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers who later handed him over to Rumphi Police.
The rapper was granted bail shortly after being formally charged.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Noel Kayira, said charge the artist is facing is against Section 115 of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act (PPEA) and Section 1 of the Political Parties Act.
The two acts prohibit people from offering money to voters during an election.
The maximum penalty for contravening the section is a charge of K500,000 and a two year custodial sentence while the Political Parties Act attracts a fine of K10 million and a five year custodial sentence.