President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has gone into 21 days of prayer and fasting seeking divine intervention from God to end the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The Lilongwe Principal Resident Magestrate has nullified bail conditions for former senior officials Vuwa Kaunda, Charles Mchacha, Lloyd Muhara and Bright Kumwembe in a case in which the four are answering a charge on the illegal sale of government land.

"It is against the Law to begin proceedings of a case without written consent from the Director of Public Prosecution", said Principal Resident Magestrate Viva Nyimba when he delivered his ruling on Thursday morning.

Nyimba further determined that the State should file a new charge sheet for offense under penal code, which includes using insulting words and neglect of public office.

Meanwhile, ACB lawyer Victor Chiwala has expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling.

"We did not agree with the court that we scrap off the charges because some of the accused are answering cases that do not require the DPP's consent", he argued.

The case has since been adjourned to February 3. It is expected that the ACB will amend its charge sheet for the accused four.

The four are answering charges boardering on sale of Government land belonging to Kanjedza Forest in Blantyre.


The Presidential Task force on COVID-19 says it has engaged the Ministries of Local Government and Homeland Security in the enforcement of COVID-19 prevention measures.



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