President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Wednesday led Democratic Progress Party (DPP) followers in celebrating two years since he was released from Police cell for treason charges in the capital Lilongwe.
As part of the celebrations, Mutharika and some DPP bigwigs whom were locked together visited Lumbazi Police cell and Maula prison where they painted the holding cell.
In his speech, Mutharika accused former President Dr. Joyce Banda of sending fake doctors while in the cell to assassinate him.
“I was arrested alongside my good friends, Goodall Gondwe, Henry Musa, Bright Msaka among others and we spent three days in jail. While here, the then Inspector General of Police Loti Dzonzi received a directive form the former President that I needed medical attention that doctors have been assigned for that which was a blue lie.
“Three “fake” arrived here (at the Lumbadzi Prison) and before they could enter the prison they were detained by the DPP supporters who demanded their identities and explanation of their motives,” said Mutharika.
He added, “When our party supporters asked if I were sick I said no, this, angered them to the extent that they started chasing the so called doctors and beat them up.”
Some of the notable people who were arrested along with Mutharika were Jean Kalirani, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Patricia Kaliati, Goodall Gondwe, Bright Msaka, Simon Vuwa Kaunda and Nicholas Dausi.
Mutharika and his co-accused were arrested for trying to stop former President Dr. Joyce Banda from ascending to power after the death of the late President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika.
The case was dropped when Mutharika ascended to power after the May 20 tripartite election and Mutharika has been quoted on several times that his arrest was politically motivated.