Kasambara to Undergo Another Heart Scan
Malawi’s prominent lawyer Ralph Kasambara who has been hospitalized after he fell sick while at Zomba Maximum Security Prison last Friday is expected to undergo another test for his heart condition.
Mr. Kasambara was arrested on Monday last week and charged with kidnapping and abetting assault after his guards overpowered and beat two young men suspected to have been sent by the state to petrol bomb his offices.
Although in hospital but technically Mr. Kasambara is still under police and this is evident with a number of police officers guarding him and ready to take him back to prison once he gets well.
“I am at least fine but they I need to undergo three more tests on my heart condition. This means that I have to be here for some days,” said Kasambara by phone on Monday.
Meanwhile, opposition parties have given government a deadline of Monday, February 20 to release Mr. Kasambara from prison or else face unspecified action.
The eight opposition political parties include Malawi Congress Party MCP, United Democratic Front UDF, and Alliance for Democracy AFORD and Peoples Progressive Movement PPM.
In a joint news conference the parties conducted on Friday in Blantyre, the party leaders said Monday should be a final day for government to release Mr. Kasambara because the courts already granted him bail.
“Malawi is fast entering into a dark phase of its history in which people do not want to abide by the laws,” said MCP new catch Mr. Henry Phoya, a lawyer himself who on Saturday visited Mr. Kasambara at Mwaiwathu hospital.
Mr. Phoya wondered why authorities could continue keeping Mr. Kasambara under their custody despite two court orders.
“This is a clear demonstration that authorities are no longer respecting the rule of law in Malawi,” said Mr. Phoya.
Commenting on the same, UDF parliamentarian Mr. Atupele Muluzi said he was greatly concerned with the development.
“The arrest of Mr. Kasambara is political persecution which must not be tolerated in the current human rights generation,” said Mr. Muluzi—Zodiak Online