Chakwera asked to pardon Mussa John

The petition picture by Pemphero Musowa

A group of some concerned citizens are calling on Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera to consider pardoning Mussa John who was given a custodial sentence for possession of Marijuana.

Mussa was handed eight years but a review at the High Court reduced his sentence to three.

The group, led by musician, Penjani Fredokiss Kalua, held a parade on Thursday from Clocktower to the District Commissioner's officer in Blantyre to deliver the petition.

Flanked by John's mother, Kalua said the issues of selective justice need to be addressed immediately, pointing out Mussa's conviction and sentencing is not satisfactory.

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Mussa's mother and Fredokiss
Mussa's mother and Kalua

"We feel there is selective justice because when compare with to other cases, there are fines imposed but not in this case."

The grouping said there are a lot of underlying issues, Mussa's case being case in point when it comes to poor Malawians accessing justice while foreign nationals with money are treated fairly.

Kalua said they have given Chakwera 21 days upon his arrival from United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to make his decision.

"This will show commitment the president does not stand for selective justice. We are asking that he (Mussa) be given bail while awaiting appeal, like the precedence in the others cases. He is being ill treated in his own country because he is poor."

The twins at the parade
The comedian twins at the parade 

Kalua was quick to emphasize, they do not promote or condone lawlessness or illegal drug sales asking government to look into issues such as of unemployment.

Chancy Mphepo Human Resources Management officer, receiving the petition acknowledged receipt and saying he will take it to the relevant office.

Meanwhile, lawyer Alexious Kamangila said they are working on making an appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal.