Man Jailed 7 Years for Forging Banknotes

Lilongwe Principal Resident Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced 24-year-old Yamikani Mkuluwika to seven years in prison for making fake banknotes.

The court, through State Prosecutor Sub Inspector Bauleni Namasani, heard that the convict committed the crime in July 2022 in Area 36 in the city of Lilongwe.

At the time, he had forged K16,000 in K2,000 fake notes and gave the notes to a certain man.

The man in question went to Wakawaka Market and offered a counterfeit K2,000 with intent to buy charcoal.

He was immediately apprehended and named Mkuluwika as the one who had supplied him the fake currency, leading to Mkuluwika's arrest.

Mkuluwika pleaded guilty to making counterfeit currency and in mitigation asked for leniency, saying he had a newly born baby who depended on him.

However, Prosecutor Namasani argued that Mkuluwika's conduct, which was detrimental to economic development, could not be condoned; hence a stiffer punishment.

The state further argued the convict's computer and laminating machine be forfeited to the Malawi Government.

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