Bail granted for Chihana

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The Independent Online
Harare (AFP) - More than 10,000 supporters cheered the Malawian pro-democracy activist Chakufwa Chihana at Zomba magistrate's court when he was released on bail on charges of sedition yesterday, his lawyer said. 'They were all around the court building and all over the roads, chanting things like 'Keep it up',' the lawyer, Harry Chiume, said by telephone from Blantyre.

Mr Chihana, 52, leader of the Interim Committee for a Democratic Alliance, was committed for trial on two new charges of sedition for allegedly saying that the 28-year one-party rule of Life-President Kamuzu Hastings Banda would end before October, and that 90 per cent

of Malawians backed his drive for democracy.