Woman charged for sharing video clip ‘to ridicule President Chakwera’


A woman aged 20 appeared before a court in Lilongwe yesterday after she was arrested for sharing on a WhatsApp group a video clip which the state believes was aimed at ridiculing President Lazarus Chakwera.

The woman, identified as Chisomo Makala, is accused of sharing the video clip on a WhatsApp group for comedy fans.

Police traced her number to Chigwiri Township in Lilongwe where she was arrested.

Yesterday, she appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Montfort Misunje in Lilongwe where she denied the charge against her and appealed for bail.

The state, however, wanted the woman to be remanded saying she has no permanent place of residence and could easily run away. The state also raised fears that the woman may contact members of the WhatsApp group who are witnesses in the case.

But Makala said she lived with her mother at Chigwirizano and that is where she can be found.

Magistrate Misunje granted bail to the woman on conditions that she pays a cash bond of K10, 000, produce one traceable and reliable surety bonded at K30, 000 non-cash and be reporting to Central West Police Headquarters on Thursdays every fortnight.

Hearing of the matter has been adjourned to 10th November this year.



  1. Mr chakwera don’t be fooled by people . Be your self not accusing people for nothing ! You are not first president in this country ask Doctor muluzi Peter muthalika or Bingu people have been joking with them and they use to be the same so who are you iwe nkachaniso zichepe zimenezo asa koma iwe 🙄🤔

  2. It’s only in Malawi where others share government money in the name of allowances which is a corrupt act and ends up enjoying while a poor citizen is arrested by a poor police officer for a nonsense video of the oppressor who is enjoying taxpayers money.😜

  3. Mwayambapo kuzuza athu ndikoyamba iweyo chakwela kunva or Kuna zithu ngati zimenezi, tamufuse Zuma, gigaba akuza, vuto losakha khalamba sizikudziwa kuti dziko linasitha

  4. No reason for arresting her such things has been happening since Bakili, Am MCP member Bwana president think twice of this

  5. How did the government know that she shared the video?

    Are we under surveillance?

    Is that even constitutional?

    WhatsApp is a private messaging app that is secured end to end. How did they know what she was sharing?

    Are there snitches?

    Do we have people watching and reporting what we do to the government?

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