Malawian calls president 'stupid'

2013-07-23 11:06
Joyce Banda of Malawi. (AFP)

Joyce Banda of Malawi. (AFP)

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Blantyre - Police in Malawi said on Tuesday they had arrested a 37-year-old man and charged him with violating peace, after he allegedly called President Joyce Banda "stupid".

Japhet Chirwa is believed to have called the head of state "stupid and a failure" after a failed bid to change the name on his passport, police spokesperson Maurice Chapola told AFP.

"He got furious and started talking ill of the president," said Chapola, speaking from the northern city of Mzuzu.

Chirwa has been charged with conduct likely to violate peace, which could carry a fine or a six-month custodial sentence.

He is expected to appear in court later this week.

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