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Fredokiss case adjourned to July 28

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By Patience Lunda:

The case involving rapper Fred Penjani Kalua better known as Fredokiss has been adjourned to July 28.

Mzuzu Chief Resident Magistrate, Gladys Gondwe, is hearing the case in which Fredokiss has pleaded not guilty to the charge of influencing voters to choose a particular candidate in the just ended fresh presidential election held on June 23.

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In an interview, Fredokiss’ lawyer, Leonard Mbulo from Mbulo Attorney, said the state is expected to parade eight witnesses when the court reconvenes.

“So far I cannot say much but my clients are denying the charges levelled against them. They do not know anything,” he said.

Fredokiss was arrested on June 23 in Rumphi by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers who later handed him over to Rumphi Police.

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The rapper was granted bail shortly after being formally charged.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Noel Kayira, said the 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.

Fredokiss is a son to veteran politician and Member of Parliament for Rumphi East Constituency, Kamlepo Kalua and has been a brand ambassador for various organisations such as NBS Bank and Unicef.

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