Ben Phiri freed: court grants bail to Malawian opposition politician – Malawi 24

A court in Lilongwe has granted bail for Malawian opposition politician Ben Phiri.

Phiri, who is a member of parliament from Thyolo Central and is also a member of the Progressive Democratic Party, was ordered to post a MK 10 million cash bond and produce two people as a MK 5 million bond. She was also asked to turn in all of her travel documents and report to the police every two weeks.

The former local government minister was arrested on Thursday last week as the registered owner of Beata Investments. According to the police, Phiri raised K 262 million from the Gender Ministry between 2018 and 2020 under the pretext that he provided learning materials for early childhood development, but never provided the materials. without providing.

On Thursday, he was taken to hospital after falling ill while in police custody.

State prosecutors told Senior Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa that Phiri would need to spend an additional seven days in custody to allow the state to finalize investigations.

But Phiri Mauya Msuku’s lawyer said the state should have arrested Phiri after completing its investigations. Msuku also noted that Phiri had already been in police custody for six days.

In his ruling, Chirwa said Phiri should be released on bail.

Phiri’s arrest last week came after also the DPP parliamentary police for Chiradzulu Sud Joseph Mwanamvekha and senior DPP member Dalitso Kabambe for presenting false economic figures while working as finance minister and governor respectively. Reserve bank.

Over the weekend, former President Peter Mutharika, who is also DPP chairman, accused the Tonse Alliance government of arresting the three men for speaking out against the country’s high cost of living.

The DPP said in a statement last week that the arrests were politically motivated.

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