Kalindo acquitted of inciting violence

Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate court on Tuesday acquitted Bon Elias Kalindo in a case of inciting violence during the November 30, 2023 anti-government demonstrations which took place in the district on grounds that the state failed to provide strong evidence on the matter.

The human rights activist was arrested a few days after the demonstrations following complaints that people suspected of being part of the protests turned violent and destroyed property after presenting the petition.

Senior Resident Magistrate Muhammad Maxwell Chande said it was on record that Kalindo organised the demos and that some property, including government’s property, were damaged.

However, Chande noted the court failed to link between what happened during the protests to have been caused by the accused person.

“The Court finds that the state has failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt. What the accused did was to exercise his human right,” said Chande.

Kalindo acquitted by a court in Mangochi

Speaking to the media after the acquittal, Kalindo applauded the country’s judiciary for being independent, transparent and ensuring justice during his trial.

The 48-year-old activist was accused of inciting violence that led to destruction of 11 vehicles, belonging to government and public servants, which were parked at the District Education Management Office.

Kalindo pleaded not guilty to the allegation which forced the state to parade four witnesses to prove the case.

Through his legal representation, Smart Khalifa, Kalindo made bail application but the state objected claiming if the accused was given bail he would tamper with evidence. He was, however, granted bail.

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