Estina Mukasera, who is facing a death sentence in China

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A Malawian woman, Estina Mukasera, who is facing a death sentence in China for drug trafficking has complained that she is living under poor jail conditions.
Human Rights Defenders Coalition of Malawi, Board Chairman, Robert Mkwezalamba, said Mukasera raised the complaint through a letter as the coalition fights for her repatriation.
Mkwezalamba said Mukasera, who is pregnant, is facing starvation in jail and lack of access to health services.
He therefore said they will soon engage government to map the way forward.
Mukasera, 29, was arrested in August this year after being caught trafficking two kilograms of cocaine.
In an effort to help the woman,
Human Rights Defenders Coalition of Malawi, wrote the Chinese Ambassador to Malawi to discuss about her repatriation.

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A 40 years old man on Sunday committed by hanging in his bedroom after he reportedly tested HIV positive at Ntopwa area in Bangwe Township in Blantyre.
Limbe Police Deputy Publicist, Widson Nhlane who identified the deceased as Mike Gilbert said reports from the deceased brother in-law show that the deceased tested HIV positive in August this year.
“According to the deceased’s brother in-law, Mussah Jamali, Gilbert has been feeling unwell for some time and on August 28, 2018, he went to Bangwe Health Centre for HIV testing and results came positive.

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“The deceased was not happy with this development and on September 16 in the morning hours, he was found hanging in his bedroom,” said Nhlane.
Nhlane said the matter was reported to Police who took him to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he was confirmed dead before receiving treatment.

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Meanwhile, Police is advising members of the public not to kill themselves if tested HIV positive because it is not the end of life but rather they should follow the advice given by the medical experts or counsellors to live positively.
Police said people who test HIV positive, need to be handled with sensitivity.
The deceased hailed from Kadzuwa Village in Traditional Authority Ndamera in Nsanje District.

(Escom) has confirmed claims made by Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) that over 4 million litres of diesel fuel has been stolen. He is right K1.9 billion of public funds was spent to procure the now missing fuel to power the 78 megawatts generators intended to avert the incessant electricity blackouts. Chilima had initially disclosed during a United Transformation Movement (UTM) rally he convened at Njamba Park in Blantyre that over 3 million litres had been stolen. He followed up this revelation with another during his other rally held in Zomba where he said more litres are being siphoned at ESCOM. Escom public relations manager Innocent Chitosi confirmed Chilima’s revelations as true, saying the organisation is currently investigating the racket which is understood to be DPP’s brainchild. Chilima has offered to investigate the syndicate when voted into office.


(Escom) has confirmed claims made by Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) that over 4 million litres of diesel fuel has been stolen.
He is right
K1.9 billion of public funds was spent to procure the now missing fuel to power the 78 megawatts generators intended to avert the incessant electricity blackouts.
Chilima had initially disclosed during a United Transformation Movement (UTM) rally he convened at Njamba Park in Blantyre that over 3 million litres had been stolen. He followed up this revelation with another during his other rally held in Zomba where he said more litres are being siphoned at ESCOM.
Escom public relations manager Innocent Chitosi confirmed Chilima’s revelations as true, saying the organisation is currently investigating the racket which is understood to be DPP’s brainchild.
Chilima has offered to investigate the syndicate when voted into office.

A 34yr old man is in deep pain after his right ear got chopped off by ex husband to his fiance.

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A 34yr old man is in deep pain after his right ear got chopped off by ex husband to his fiance.
On Tuesday 11 September this year, Alex Mukona from Maone village TA Nazombe in Phalombe district came to Nkhotakota to visit his girlfriend whom she fell in love with after the latter ‘mistakenly’ dialled his number.
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Prior to the visit, the woman Litness Ngwama assured her lovebird that she is single saying she divorced her husband some time back.
On Thursday night as the two were fast asleep, the jealousy ex husband broke into the house where the two were sleeping and assaulted both of them.
Sensing danger, Mukona started running for his life but the ex husband only identified as Phiri managed to catch him.
He later tied both Mukona’s hands and legs before producing a sharp knife which he used to cut off the victim’s ear.
Well wishers rushed him to Liwaladzi clinic where he was treated as an outpatient and police has since launched a manhunt for Phiri.
Once arrested, the suspect will be charged with grievous bodily harm that contravenes section 238 of the penal code.
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Ignatius Esau
Nkhunga police – publicist

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People in Khungwa village in Traditional Authority (TA) Ngokwe in Machinga over the week end were stunned after children hunting for grasshoppers found a suck with what is believed to be human bones.
Machinga police station public relations officer Davie Sulumba said the law enforcers in the district have since opened a docket and are still investigating the matter.
“Children hunting grasshoppers in the village found dry bones in a suck abandoned in the bush. The remains are believed to be of three different corpses,” said Sulumba.
Sulumba added that the police are waiting for examination at College of Medicine to prove if they are human bones.
He explained that the law enforcers are asking people bring forth any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects

Police in Chikwawa have detained a 23-year-old man on suspicion that he forced an 8-year-old

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Police in Chikwawa have detained a 23-year-old man on suspicion that he forced an 8-year-old boy into initiation ceremony and circumcision.
Symon Kayiya, a traditional circumciser popularly known as ‘ngaliba’, was arrested on Friday after coercing a Standard 3 boy to undergo a rite of passage.
The suspect committed the offence on Tuesday at a traditional camp within Nsanje Village under Traditional Authority Mulilima.
It is alleged that the victim, on that particular evening, went out to watch video.
While there, it is further said, he was offered money to buy himself freezes.
On his way back from the shop, the victim is said to have met his ‘good Samaritan’ who had earlier given him freezes money.
The ‘Samaritan’– only identified as Mavuto–went further enticing the victim to accompany him to a nearby bush to eat honey.
Attracted by this, the unsuspecting victim followed the ‘good Samaritan’ into the bush and ended up being abducted and forcibly circumcised by a trio of initiators, including Symon Kayiya.
The boy, reportedly traumatic and feeling painful, was forced onto porridge which had left him dehydrated and semiconscious.
He had since been in the initiation camp until Thursday when Kayiya himself reported the matter to the boy’s parents.
Police moved in to the boy’s rescue and took him to the hospital for treatment.
Kayiya was immediately arrested and charged accordingly.
His other two accomplices are still at large.
Kayiya comes from Nsanje Village in the area of T/A Mulilima in Chikwawa District.

President No concrete evidence against him

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Based on the evidence compiled in the leaked Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) report, the graft body will have tough time to convince the judge to convict either Pioneer Investments or Democratic Progressive Party in the highly publicised Malawi Police Service food ration deal, a former State prosecutor has said.
The retired prosecutor, who is now a law lecturer at a private university, says based on the evidence he has seen and the sequence of correspondence between the parties involved make it hard for the prosecution to build a solid case.
“Look here, the evidence that we have seen in the leaked report seems to be conclusive because if the ACB had additional evidence, it would have been included in the report. So my opinion is based on the premise that this is the only evidence the ACB has,” he said.
The prosecutor explained that while the evidence that the ACB gathered points at misprocurement in the manner in which the contract was awarded, the report does not provide concrete evidence to pinpoint at the crime.
“Convicting a crime in the justice system is based on the notion of providing evidence to show, beyond reasonable doubt, that someone committed the crime. The evidence before us does not do that,” he said, pointing to the gaps in the ACB report.
“What the investigators did was to cherry-pick evidence that makes Pioneer Investments look guilty without really giving us the whole picture. You can tell from the report that the investigators already had a guilty verdict in mind. They were not fair and reasonable,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, all the three grounds for conviction lack ‘conviction’.
“For a start, their main case is that the supplier demanded an increment of 20 percent on the contract price based on the depreciation of the Kwacha. The supporting documents that MPS used to support this increment from Treasury indicates that the Kwacha actually depreciated by 26 percent from the time the contract was awarded to the time the payment was made. So the claim could have been valid on these grounds,” he said.
He added that although the Public Procurement Act states that there should be no adjustment on the contract price, delays on the part of government machinery versus an unstable Kwacha make it impossible to adhere to the Act.
“Is Pioneer Investments the first one to alter the contract price since the Act was amended? Of course not. I have evidence which I can flush out to show that scores of other suppliers have altered their prices after the contract has been signed. So we can’t start pointing fingers at him now because a precedent has been set,” he said.
The second charge the Pioneer Investments faces is on charging interest owing to delays in payment
“How is charging interest on an invoice a crime? It is a basic accounting principle. If you have taken out a loan to supply goods and the client is taking too long to pay, you push the cost of the accruing interest to the client. That is smple accounting. It is nothing sophisticated. Besides, are Pioneer Investments the first to charge interest on an invoice? So why are people acting surprised?”
The prosecutor also crushed the prosecution’s third charge, that Pioneer Investment’s K145 million donation to the DPP was fraudulent.
“Since when has it been a crime for someone to donate money to someone or to an institution? The charge against Pioneer Investments is that they wrote out the cheque a day after they received their payment from the Police ration deal? So what? Maybe they had pledged that amount to the party and they were only able to pay out the some once they received the payment from government. There is no crime there.
“If the ACB wants to prosecute on those grounds, they have to establish first, that the DPP or the president had an influence over the contract. Otherwise they are wasting their time,” he said.
The prosecutor says if anyone wants to make donating money to DPP a crime, then they should level the playing field by strengthening the law and ensuring that the law applies to all parties.
“He who seeks equity should come with clean hands. We have to make sure that this works for everyone. Even United Transformarion Movement, where are they getting the money to print all that party cloth and cars? You think that money is clean money?”
The prosecutor hinted that the delay by the ACB to prosecute the case could be based on the fact that they realise that they have a weak case.
“They are under so much pressure to prosecute this case. If they had a solid case, it would already have come before the courts. So maybe they realise afterall that they have a weak case,” he said.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRADING SISTER

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MAN ARRESTED FOR TRADING SISTER

Police in Kasungu have arrested 33-year-old Charles Nkhoma for allegedly offering his sister for sale.

The law enforcers accuse Nkhoma of selling his sister to a maize mill owner at Ndonda Trading Centre on Tuesday at a price of K180, 000.

Kasungu Police deputy spokesperson Constable Harry Namwaza says Nkhoma allegedly approached Moffat Banda, 45, the maize mill owner, to ask for some casual work.

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“After Banda had told Nkhoma that he had no work for him, he surprisingly told Banda that he would then offer his sister for sale at a price of K180, 000,” said Namwaza.

Getting suspicious with Nkhoma’s sentiment Banda reported the matter to police.

Nkhoma has been charged with selling of person as a slave, a criminal offence under Section 267 of the Penal Code.
He will appear in court as soon the police are done with the investigations, said Const.

Namwaza, and Nkhoma will also be taken to the hospital for mental examination.

Nkhoma comes from Vikacha village, Traditional Authority Kapelula in Kasungu District.

two Zambian nationals to 4 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for illegal possession of ivory


Mzimba First Grade Magistrate Court has sentenced two Zambian nationals to 4 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for illegal possession of ivory and handed a one- year suspended sentence to a Zambian motorbike operator for transporting the ivory.
Eliza Mtonga 25, and Gideon Ngwenya 37 both Zambian nationals, were arrested together with the motorbike operator, Richard Phiri, 47 on 16 April, 2018 at Jenda Trading Center in Mzimba where Mtonga and Ngwenya intended to sale the ivory.
Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent, Saddrey Sambo told the court that police found Phiri with 16 pieces of ivory sealed in two cartons and mentioned Mtonga and Ngwenya as the owners of the ivory.
“Then police officers arrested Mtonga and Ngwenya together with Phiri,” said Sambo adding that the ivory pieces are worth K33 million.
Sambo asked the court to give the culprits a stiffer penalty, saying the offence committed contributes to depletion of elephants in the country’s wildlife parks.
In mitigation, Mtonga said she has an ulcer in her uterus which was supposed to be operated on and she presented a medical report from a private clinic on the same.
On his part, Ngwenya said he cares for his children and relatives while Phiri said he had just finished his first-degree at the University of Zambia.
In his ruling, First Grade Magistrate, George Longwe said he would not consider the mitigation factors describing the offence as a serious one, saying being found in possession of 16 pieces of ivory translates to killing of four elephants.
He then sentenced Eliza Mtonga and Gideon Ngweya to four years imprisonment each while Phiri earned a one year suspended sentence.
Ngwenya is of Bokisi Village, Traditional Authority Mwase while Mtonga and Phiri hail from Kayerere Village in TA Kapichira in Zambia.

three people have been arrested on suspicion of having played part in the killing of a long time Greek tobacco farmer

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Malawi Police has said three people have been arrested on suspicion of having played part in the killing of a long time Greek tobacco farmer at Namwera in Mangochi, Harry Yiannakis, who was shot at his estate in May.
A 52-year-old farmer was also robbed off K14 million the day he was killed at his Tambala Estate in Masuku, Traditional Authority Bwananyambi in Mangochi.
Mangochi police station spokesman Rodrick Maida said officers have arrested the three suspects on separate occasions with the help of community members.
He said they are following leads and hinted of further arrests of other two suspects.
Police has withheld particular of the suspects being held “ for fear of jeorpadising our investigations.”
Maida said once ther two other suspects have been arrested, they will put together details of the murder case.
At the time of his murder, Yiannakis was 62.

Ntcheu first Grade Magistrate Court on Monday convicted and sentenced a 32 year old woman to five years

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Ntcheu first Grade Magistrate Court on Monday convicted and sentenced a 32 year old woman to five years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for stealing a day old baby at Ntcheu District Hospital.
Presenting facts in court, state prosecutor Francis Malenga heard that on June 22, 2018, the accused Mariam Derick stole a newly born baby boy at Ntcheu District Hospital Martenity Ward.
According to Ntcheu Police Public Relations Officer Sub inspector Hastings Chigalu, Derick confessed before First Grade Magistrate Crispin Sachuluka that her sole purpose of coming to Ntcheu from Blantyre on that day was to steal a baby because they longed one.
“Derick who managed to beat some hospital systems, stayed for a while at Maternity Waiting Shelter with other women waiting for labour. Dressed like a pregnant woman herself, the accused then proceeded to Maternity ward where she allocated herself a bed next to the mother who had just delivered baby boy.
“Having failed to take a shower during day time due to the accussed’s sweet stories and promises that she will take good care of the baby if the mother decides to go for the same, at 19:30 hours the mother thought its now time to, leaving her baby with the accused, little did she know that this friend in need is not a friend indeed,” he said.
He added: “Left alone then, the accused wrapped the baby and sneaked out of the maternity ward. She boarded a minibus to Blantyre and proceeded to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital same night.
“Again at Queens, the accused also allocated herself a place among the newly given birth mothers before calling her husband and neighbors at home that she has given birth to a baby boy.”
According to Chigalu, the baby stayed with the family for over a week and named him Blessings before well wishers, who got the news of the missing baby in Ntcheu on the radios, alerted the village chief who reported the family to Manase Police.
Derick was charged with child stealing which contravenes section 167 of the Penal Code and again was jointly charged with her husband, Derick.
Dauson a case of Conspiracy to commit a felony, contrary to section 404 of the Penal Code.
However, both are yet to appear before court to answer the latter.
Meanwhile, the husband is still in police custody waiting to answer the said charge.
The state prosecutor asked for stiffer and custodial sentence, citing the scenario the offense was committed.
In mitigation, the accused prayed for leniency saying that she will never do it again, and that she has two children who will suffer most if she is handed a custodial sentence.
But in his ruling, Ntcheu First Grade Magistrate Crispin Sachulika, quashed the mitigating factors.
He concurred with the state saying that people of Mariam’s caliber do not deserve to be in the community, they are a threat to any society.
Sachuluka continued to say that the fact that Mariam managed to beat hospital systems, it entells that the crime was organized, and could have resulted into the death of the innocent baby.
He then slapped her with 60 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour so that it serves as a lesson to the other would be offenders.
Mariam Derick hails from Mperekeni village, Traditional Authority Ganya in the district, while Derick Dauson 32, hails from Namakhutcha village, Traditional Authority Chikumbu in Mulanje.

Trial in the McDonald Masambuka murder case is expected to start today

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Trial in the McDonald Masambuka murder case is expected to start today at the Zomba Magistrate court, the police reveal.
Masambuka, a person with albinism, went missing in March this year and his decapitated body was found weeks later.
A total of 23 suspects were arrested in connection to his death which implicated a police officer, a medical practitioner as well as a catholic priest.
Last week, the police arrested a brother to the deceased, Kasimu White Masambuka.
National Police Publicist James Kadadzera assures Malawians that justice will prevail on the matter.

Three people arrested in chikwawa

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N’gabu in Chikwawa district are keeping in custody three people for attempting to terminate their own lives.
According to Chikwawa Police publicist Foster Benjamin, the three were arrested on separate occasions on Thursday and Friday in the area of Senior Chief N’gabu in the district.
He identified the three as Emmanuel Ben aged 29, Hanna Mahomed, 20, and Mary Khambadza, 18.
Benjamin said the suspects are said to have taken rat poison following disputes in their respective families.
According to Benjamin, Beni is alleged to have quarreled with his wife after she squandered money meant for family necessities whereas Mahomed and Khambadza decided to kill themselves in protest to their husbands’ alleged infidelity.
The suspects were admitted to N’gabu Rural Hospital where medical findings indicated that the three had consumed poison a development which forced police to act on the tip and apprehend the three on their hospital beds.
The three will soon appear before court to answer charges of attempted suicide, an offence contrary to Section 229 of the Penal code and which attracts maximum sentence of 7 years in prison.
Beni hails from Mphamba, while Mahomed and Khambadza come from Thonje and Nkhakamira villages respectively, both under Senior Chief N’gabu in Chikwawa district.
The arrest of the three comes two days after a 20-year-old man, Rabson Joe, poisoned himself to death at Nkumaniza in the same area.
It is alleged that Joe had been at loggerheads with his wife whom he suspected of flirting around with other men.
Out of anger, it is reported, he took termic and was pronounced dead at N’gabu Rural Hospital.
Police in the district have since called on people not to commit suicide but rather seek help and advice from either the police’s victim support units or marriage counselors and traditional leaders.

Headman Kamwendo of Traditional Authority (TA) Nkanda in Mulanje to 30 months imprisonment

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Magistrate Court in Phalombe has sentenced Group Village Headman Kamwendo of Traditional Authority (TA) Nkanda in Mulanje to 30 months imprisonment for obtaining by fraud K792, 000.00 cash from Oxfam.
A court report indicates that the chief, whose real name is Patrick Gama, used one of his subjects, Owen Banda, to solicit the money on the pretext of representing beneficiaries of Oxfam’s Social Cash Transfer who were not present.
Oxfam was conducting a cash transfer programme in Mulanje and Phalombe districts where it was giving free money to ultra-poor households for them to survive.
Phalombe Police arrested Gama 52, on 27 February, 2017 upon receiving a complaint from Oxfam officials about this chief’s conduct.
During hearing of the case, state prosecutor Inspector Hartwell Kachikonga asked the court for a stiff punishment as a way of sending a message to people in leadership positions that they will not be spared if found on the wrong side of the law.
“Your Worship, the chief is a public figure in his community and his conduct has brought disrepute to status of traditional leaders. As such, he deserves a stiffer punishment,” Kachikonga told the Court.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded for a lenient sentence saying he is a first offender and the bread winner for his family which has 6 children, four of whom are orphans.
In his judgement, first grade magistrate Damson Banda said the traditional leader’s act was shameful and sent a bad message to young people who might become crooked leaders in the future hence no need for granting leniency.
The Magistrate then sentenced the accused to two and half years in prison effective 13 June, 2018.

Benson Mkandawire, will serve 12 years imprisonment for defiling a 12-year-old girl.

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Village head Kapindamlonga, real name Benson Mkandawire, will serve 12 years imprisonment for defiling a 12-year-old girl.

The Rumphi First Grade Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Luhono Primary School, on Tuesday found the village head, 33, guilty contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.

Rumphi Police Station spokesperson Tupeliwe Kabwilo said  Mkandawire  in July 2017 went to the victim’s mother who is his sister in-law and requested her to fetch water for him since his expectant wife was in  hospital.

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The mother ordered her daughter to fetch water for the chief who later defiled her.

The convict warned the victim never to reveal the ordeal to anyone, saying she would go mad. Later the victim told her friends who alerted family members.

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When the family members and village elders called on the convict to ask him about the issue, he admitted to have defiled the girl and begged for mercy. He promised to pay K100 000 but parents of the victim’s family refused.

The matter was reported to Bolero Police Unit and medical tests at Bolero Health Centre confirmed defilement.

State prosecutor Maurice Chimseu said the chief should have been championing child protection but he did the contrary.

“The chief’s arrest should serve as a lesson to everyone, whether in authority or not, to desist from the malpractice,” he said.

Mkandawire comes from Kapindamlonga Village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi. 

Benson Mkandawire to 14 years in jail for defiling

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Rumphi First Grade Magistrate’s Court has convicted and sentenced Village Headman Kapindamlonga whose real name is Benson Mkandawire to 14 years in jail for defiling his 12 year old niece.
Mkandawire, 33 who hails from Kapindamlonga Village in the area of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe in the district was reported to have committed the offence in July, 2017.
The court heard that Mkandawire went to the mother of the girl and requested for water since his wife was hospitalized and the girl was asked to draw water for the convict.
Mkandawire later defiled the girl at his house. But the girl revealed her ordeal to her friends. Upon interrogation, Mkandawire pleaded guilty and appealed for forgiveness and promised to pay K100, 000.00 but the parents of the girl turned down the offer.
The matter was then reported to Bolero Police Unit. During court proceedings, the state asked the court to mete out a stiffer sentence to Mkandawire saying the convict is a village headman who was supposed to be exemplary because he is entrusted with the responsibility of guiding, counselling and protecting his subjects.
In his ruling, First Grade Magistrate, Cuthbert Phiri said the convict as a traditional leader was supposed to protect the victim from all forms of abuse

FOUR MEN IN CUSTODY OVER PAMUDZI LODGE ROBBERY IN BLANTYRE.

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Four men are in police custody at Blantyre in connection to Pamudzi Lodge robbery where over 2.3 million kwacha worth of property and cash was robbed.

According to Mr Anthony Mulawu 42, a Human Resources Manager at Nsanje District Education Manager’s (DEM) office, on March 27, 2018, he lodged at the said place.

Midway through the night, a group of at least five unknown criminals armed with pangas, clobbers and unidentified fire arm broke into the lodge.

The thugs raided each and every room at the establishment searching for whoever was inside to rob.

In the process, Mr Mulawu and a businessman Piason Nangwale who also had booked himself at the lodge were hacked.

The two sustained various degrees of injuries from the attack.

Two laptop computers, eight cell phones and money amounting to over K1,500,000.00(one million five hundred thousand kwacha) cash got robbed.

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Total value of the stolen propertr and cash robbed being K2,323,000.00 (two million, two hundred twenty three thousand kwacha).

Matter was reported to Manase Police Unit. Police launched investigations into the matter.

In the course of investigations, information was received that the thugs had been apprehended by Mulanje Police on yet another robbery of over four million kwacha from a Mulanje based businessman.

The four who are believed to be dangerous criminals and on a Mozambican wanted list for Murder, have been charged with Robbery with Violence contrary to section 301 of the Penal Code.

They will appear before court soon before being referred back to Mulanje where they are facing similar charges.

The four are; James Maluwa 24 of Khuleya village T/A Mthiramanja, Jafalie Helbert 23 of Mtambalika village, Khumbo Nazale 22 of Thakiwa village Traditional Authority Njema in Mulanje and Daniel Mushanga 26 of Makupete village T/A Chikowi in Zomba.

Of the stolen property, only a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone has since been recovered.

Mulanje first grade magistrate’s court on Thursday sentenced a 46-year-old teacher to 14 years in prison

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Mulanje first grade magistrate’s court on Thursday sentenced a 46-year-old teacher to 14 years in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl from his school.
According to Mulanje Police spokesperson Gresham Ngwira, the court heard through Assistant Superintendent Davison Banda of Mulanje Police Station that the convict, Thomas Mzunga, sexually abused the standard 5 pupil last year.
The abuse came to light after a niece to the victim who is also a teacher discovered a love letter written by the girl and addressed to Mzunga.
Her aunt then took the letter to school management for assistance. This opened a can of worms with many other people including fellow teachers stating that they had been suspecting this deplorable relationship for long.
Among others, the people revealed that the girl had at some point bought some birthday gifts for the teacher
But after being asked about the document, both Mzunga and the girl
denied knowing anything about it.
The denial forced the victim’s aunt to report the issue to police who arrested the teacher following the victim’s confirmation of the affair. The girl also revealed to police that the two had for some time been having sex.
Police charged the teacher with defilement that contravenes section 138 of the penal code.
But appearing before his worship Smart Maruwasa, the man denied the charge forcing prosecuting team to parade eight witnesses to prove it beyond reasonable doubt.
Satisfied with the evidence, first grade magistrate Smart Maruwasa found the teacher guilty in a case that had dragged for close to a year, from July 2017.
In his submission, Assistant Superintendent Banda who is Mulanje police Station Prosecution Officer (SPO) said what Mzunga did was a sign of irresponsibility requiring a stiff penalty to serve both as a lesson to him and a deterrent to would-be-offenders.
But despite the convict telling the court that he looks after his old mother hence the need for leniency, magistrate Maruwasa imposed a 14-year jail term on Mzunga saying his mitigation did not hold water.
The magistrate said teachers, just like other grownups, have the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of children especially girls.
Mzunga who was represented by Atkin Chambers, hails from James village in the area of senior chief Mabuka in the district.

MULANJE TEACHER GETS 14 YEARS IHL FOR DEFILEMENT*

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“`He has been in romantic relationship with the minor,a standard 5 pupil.

The Mulanje first grade magistrate’s court has today (Thursday) sentenced a 46-year-old teacher to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for defilement.

The court heard through Assistant Superintendent Davison Banda of Mulanje Police Station that the convict, Thomas Mzunga, had been in a romantic relationship with the minor, a standard 5 pupil.

The news came to light in July 2017 after niece to the victim also a teacher, discovered a love letter allegedly addressed to Mzunga by the girl who is at Nansato primary school the same institution where Mzunga taught.

Her aunt then took the letter to school management for assistance. This opened a can of worms with many other people including fellow teachers stating that they have been suspecting this deplorable relationship for long.

Among others, the people revealed that the girl had at some point bought some birthday gifts for her “lover.”
But despite being asked about the document, both Mzunga and the girl are said to have denied knowing anything about it.

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The denial forced the victim’s aunt to report issue to police who arrested the teacher following the victim’s confirmation of the affair. The girl also revealed to police that the two had for some time been having sex.

Police charged him with defilement that contravenes section 138 of the penal code.

But appearing before his worship Smart Maruwasa, the man denied the charge forcing prosecuting team to parade eight witnesses to prove it beyond reasonable doubt.

Satisfied with the evidence, first grade magistrate Smart Maruwasa found him guilty in a case that had dragged for close to a year, from July 2017.

In his submission, Assistant Superintendent Banda who is Mulanje police Station Prosecution Officer (SPO), prayed for a stiff penalty. He said what Mzunga did was a sign of irresponsibility requiring a stiff penalty to serve both as a lesson to him and a deterrent to would-be-offenders.

But despite telling the court that he looks after his old mother hence the need for leniency, magistrate Maruwasa imposed a 14-year jail term on Mzunga saying his mitigation did not hold water.
The magistrate said teachers, just like any other grown ups have the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of children especially girls.

On this note, police wishes to reiterate warning all irresponsible men that the law will not spare anyone (sexually) abusing girl children.

Mzunga who was represented by Atkin Chambers, hails from James village in the area of senior chief Mabuka in the district.

*MAN COMMITS SUICIDE IN MANGOCHI*

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▶45 year old mentally challenged man identified as lmran Adam has died suddenly after he hanged himself in a tree.

The incident occurred on the morning of June 6, 2018 at Skull Rock Estate forest in the area of Traditional Authority Jalasi in Mangochi.

According to the deceased uncle Danken Kassim, lmran developed  mental disorders  in the year 2016.

On the afternoon of June 5, 2018 he was reported missing from his home.

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His relatives searched for him to no avail.

On this fateful day, lmran was found lifeless while hanging in the Lindimire tree at the said forest using  tree’s threads.

Matter was reported at Mangochi Police Station who visited the scene of incident along with medical personnel.

Postmortem conducted at Mangochi District hospital confirmed that death was due to suffocation.

Imran Adam(45) hailed from  Malekano village Traditional Authority Jalasi in Mangochi.