Mayor Nyirenda pleaded not guilty to defilement


…..Case adjourned

The Mzuzu City Mayor Gift Nyirenda has grolified himself telling the Mzuzu Child Justice Court that he is not guilty of defilement charges that he is accused of.

The Mzuzu mayor who was arrested over the weekend, reported to the court on Monday morning under a heavy police escort.

The State is represented by the Senior Supretendent Moja Phiri and Sub Inspector fancy Sichali while Nyirenda is being represented by lawyer Davie Lameck.

Meanwhile, in its submission, the state through the prosecutor has asked for the further remand of the accused for further seven days as the investigations of the charges presses against him are still in progress.

The defence submitted that the accused to be given bail saying Nyirenda is a person of high standing in society who can follow the bail conditions.

Lameck among others said Gift Nyirenda has a family which he takes care of making him responsible not to jump bail conditions conditions.

He also said that the accused cannot interfere with evidence as the state has not disclosed witnesses.

Senior resident Magistrate Felix Kamtsalira has, therefore, adjourned the case setting 19th August, 2022 for rulling.

Mayor Gift Nyirenda was arrested on Sunday on suspicion that he defiled his 14 year old niece.

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