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Ken Ndanga, others still on remand

STILL IN CUSTODY—Ndanga

Former United Democratic Front (UDF) spokesperson Ken Ndanga and 11 others who are answering three murder charges, remain on remand as the court is yet to set conditions for their bail.

Ndanga and the 11 others are being accused of murdering three people of the same family—parents and their son—in an arson attack which took place on May 4 this year in Area 24, Lilongwe.

Judge Ivy Kamanga granted the accused bail but did not pronounce conditions attached to their release.

Ndanga’s lawyer Innocent Kubwalo said Justice Kamanga was expected to communicate the conditions last Friday but did not manage to do that as she was reportedly at Parliament where President Lazarus Chakwera was delivering his State of National Address.

“He [Ndanga] is still on remand. What remained was for the court to announce bail conditions. This was expected to be done last week Friday but we were told that the judge was at Parliament and we were told to check yesterday [Monday]. We checked yesterday but were again told that the judge was in Mangochi for other engagements,” Kubwalo said.

Ajussa Tambala, Alice Tambala and Shakura Tambala, all of the same family who were living in a UTM office in Lilongwe died in an arson attack at the height of political violence in the run-up to the June 23 fresh presidential election.

Three children, two boys and a girl were orphaned in the process.

Police did not make any arrests in connection with the murders at least until the Democratic Progressive Party administration lost to the Tonse Alliance during the fresh election.

High Court Registrar Agnes Patemba did not respond to our questions on the process of setting out bail conditions for the accused.

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