By Samuel Kalimira
Malawi Prison Service officials have officially transferred former Democratic Progressive Party regional governor for the Northern Region Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira to Mzuzu Prison, The Daily Times has established.
Ngwira is serving a four-year jail term at Mzimba Prison after being convicted of mismanaging Local Development Fund allocations when he served as member of Parliament for Mzimba Hora Constituency.
Mzuzu Prison spokesperson MacBeth Wasambo confirmed the development, saying Ngwira asked them to send him where he would be close to Mzuzu Central Hospital.
“Of course, we are keeping him [Ngwira] here. Inmates’ transfers are normal. His transfer could be linked to healthcare issues,” he said.
Ngwira’s lawyer Victor Gondwe said he was not surprised with the transfer, saying this is what they had been pushing for.
He said Ngwira was supposed to be close to Mzuzu Central Hospital because it is the biggest health facility in the Northern Region, which receives referral cases from all the six districts in the region.
“I have not received any complaint from my client, in terms of healthcare services, from the hospital. Mzuzu Central Hospital is the biggest hospital in the north. I am sure they are attending to him,” Gondwe said.
He said his client was still waiting for judgement on his appeal case.
Apart from the funds’ mismanagement case, Ngwira was answering a case in which he allegedly disrupted a rally organised by President Lazarus Chakweras when he was the leader of the opposition. However, Ngwira was acquitted.