19 October 2016 Last updated at: 4:12 PM

Billy Mayaya granted bail after spending a day in police cell

Renowned human rights activist Billy Mayaya has today been granted bail by the high court in Lilongwe after spending a day behind the bars.

Billy Mayaya

Mayaya: Granted bail.

Mayaya who was arrested on Tuesday for taking to the streets protesting on the persistent blackouts and water shortages that have hit major cities in the country, appeared in court today and pleaded for bail.

Presiding Magistrate in Lilongwe has ordered Mayaya and his two friends to pay bail bond amounting to 20 thousand kwacha each, and provide traceable and reliable sureties with 500 thousand kwacha each.

The activist has also been asked to surrender their travel documents to the central region police headquarters, and that they should be reporting to Lilongwe police every Tuesday at 9:00 in the morning.

Mayaya demonstrated despite his letter sicking confirmation to demonstrate on Tuesday hit the wall, following the advice from the Lilongwe city council and from the law enforcers.

Well-known human right activists  Bright Kampaundi, Mr Mtumodzi, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila were at the court.

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