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Peter Mutharika visits stepson at Maula Prison

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By Wezzie Gausi

Former president Peter Mutharika and former first lady Gertrude Mutharika Monday visited son Tadikira Mafubza at Maula Prison in Lilongwe.

Mafudza and four others were arrested last week on suspicion that they are linked to the mass grave that was discovered in Mtangatanga Forest, Mzimba District.

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A number of Democratic Progressive Party supporters and top officials accompanied him there, and those most conspicuous included Norman Chisale, Ben Phiri, Shadric Namalomba and Dalitso Kubambe.

Business at the prison came to a standstill for some hours during the time the former first couple was visiting their son.

After the first couple arrived at the prison, Tadikira was released from the cells to meet the parents at the administration block.

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The meeting between the former president and son took close to an hour.

Things kept on unfolding, such that former minister of Information Henry Mussa and former minister of Homeland Security Uladi Mussa were also released from cells to have a chat with Mutharika.

After the meeting, Mutharika refused to grant interviews to the media on issues to do with the meeting with the son.

“I am not talking to the press about anything,” Mutharika said.

Police were expected to transfer Tadikira from Maula Prison to Mzuzu, where his case will be heard in court.

Over the weekend, Mutharika and the former first lady said, in a statement, they were in “deep” shock following the arrest of Tadikira.

In the statement, which Namalomba signed, the former first couple said, looking at the circumstances of the case and the alleged conduct of State agencies seized of the matter, they have come to the conclusion that the arrest is not justified by facts.

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