Mzuzu, Malawi – Joe Nyirongo, the Director of Operations for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), also known as “Big Joe,” has been denied bail in connection with robbery charges. The decision was made today by Principal Resident Magistrate Clemence Chamwenda in Mzuzu.
The State, represented by Assistant Superintendent Vickness Simwinga, opposed Nyirongo’s bail application, citing ongoing investigations and the victim’s critical condition at Mzuzu Central Hospital. Nyirongo is alleged to have been involved in a robbery alongside four unidentified accomplices who remain at large.
According to Mzuzu Police spokesperson Paul Tembo, the incident occurred when a local businessman hired a taxi in Mzuzu’s central business district. The victim was attacked along the way, and an estimated amount of K6 million was stolen.
The arrest of Nyirongo, a prominent businessman in Mzuzu, has sent shockwaves throughout the community. This is not the first time Nyirongo has faced legal troubles. In 2016, he was arrested for allegedly perpetrating violence during an MCP rally held in Chibavi, where several individuals were injured and vehicles were damaged.
Nyirongo was initially released on bail following the 2016 incident, but he has since been accused of violating his bail conditions, and the case file for his previous charges has gone missing. This latest arrest adds to a growing list of legal issues surrounding Nyirongo, further raising concerns about his alleged involvement in criminal activities.
Mzuzu police are actively investigating the robbery case, and further details are expected to emerge as the investigation progresses. The authorities are urging anyone with information on the incident or the whereabouts of the remaining suspects to come forward and assist in the ongoing inquiry.
As the trial unfolds, the public awaits justice to be served, and the outcome of this case will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for both Nyirongo and the DPP.