By Brian Kanyenda
United Nations has demanded the immediate release of the two human rights activists who were arrested on allegations of misappropriating funds meant for implementation of projects.
Human Rights Defenders Coalition vice Chairperson Gift Trapence and Member MacDonald Sembereka were arrested on Tuesday by the fiscal police after UNAIDS declared the two as fraudsters.
According to the letter Smash has seen which UN has written to the government of Malawi through Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the matter involving the two did not represent legal action.
“UN understands that the case is currently in court and maybe based on information provided by UNAIDS”
“In this respect UN wants to clarify that the case affecting MANGO has reached an amicable resolution and the funds will be repaid to UNAIDS,”
“The United Nations would like to seek the Minstry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Malawi Police Service immediate cooperation to effectively release those individuals from police custody,” reads part of the latter.
Efforts to speak to National Police spokesperson and Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson proved futile as their phones went unanswered after several attempts.
Meanwhile, Trapence and Sembereka are being kept at Maula prison on remand after the court on Wednesday denied the two bail and are expected to appear in court again on Friday morning.
The arrest of the two has received mixed reactions as some saying that’s a government’s move through police to silence the two from organizing anti Dr. Jane Ansah’s nationwide demonstrations.