A litmus test has indicated that former president Peter Mutharika’s aide, Norman Chisale, is mentally fit to stand for trial contrary to his claims that he had mental issues.
In September, The High Court in Lilongwe ordered that former presidential bodyguard Norman Chisale should undergo mental examination at Zomba Mental hospital.
On September 21, 2020, Judge Ivy Kamanga issued the order in a ruling on Chisale’s bail application.
But according to Zomba Mental hospital psychiatrist, Dr. Olive Liwimbi, Chisale presented symptoms unqualified for mental disorder saying they were marred with inconsistences or were intentionally produced.
Dr. Liwimbi said; ‘There is no evidence of any psychiatric disorder.’
She highlighted that “the symptoms cannot be validated by objective assessment or were intentionally produced”.
Meanwhile, Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate, Shyreen Chirwa, has set November 13, 2020 for ruling on whether Chisale should take plea or not in a case where he has been charged with two counts of impersonating a person named in a certificate and giving false information to a person employed in public service.
Since Mutharika lost power in June, Chisale has been arrested on several occasions.
Among other charges include being involved in the murder of Issa Njauju, a senior Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Officer killed in 2015 and suspected of playing a role in the importation of K5 billion worthy of tax duty-free allegedly using the former president’s privileges.