First grade magistrate Robert Makaika on Friday granted bail to 18 people suspected of burning about 50 houses in Chinganga and Hanambo villages in Nkhata Bay on August 30.
However, the suspects remain detained in Nkhata Bay as State prosecutor Solomon Gomezgani Mchawi moved the court to examine sureties before releasing them on bail. The examination of sureties is expected to take place today.
The magistrate granted the 18 bail on a condition that they pay K16 000 each, report to police every fortnight and submit a non-cash bond of K10 000 each.
The court also ordered the suspects to provide phone numbers and national identity cards, but the State prosecutor wanted their sureties to be examined first.
Two people died during the spat between the two villages which led to the torching of houses.
Three suspects, who are answering murder charges, were committed to the High Court.
All the suspects, except three awaiting murder trial and a juvenile, pleaded not guilty to all counts of arson and malicious damage.
They are being represented by Legal Aid advocate Jones Chiwalo, who applied for their bail.