Blessings Kang'ombe

Blessings Kang'ombe

Ncheu Second Grade Magistrate Court Wednesday convicted nine people for cultivating in Dzonzi-Mvai Forest Reserves where over 200 hectares of land has been encroached.

The Ntcheu Senior Resident Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced a 43-year-old man to pay a One Million Kwacha fine or in default serve a three-year jail term for stealing government medicines.

A 42 year old Man in Ntcheu will spend the next fifteen years in cooler after Ntcheu Senior Resident Magistrate Court convicted him for defiling his 12 year old step daughter.

A magistrate court in Ntcheu has ordered a man sent to jail for 15 years for defiling a stepped daughter aged 12.

George James, 42, pleaded not guilty to the offence before Ntcheu Senior Resident Magistrate Yohane Munthali who convicted him.

Ntcheu police spokesperson, Hastings Chigalu, says James did what he did on 3rd August, 2020 at Zidana Village, Inkosi Kwataine in the district.

“The state paraded witnesses to secure the conviction,” said Chigalu.  

In mitigation, James pleaded with court for leniency saying he was a first offender.

However, state through police prosecutor, Brazio Kambalame asked court for a stiffer punishment arguing that prevalence of defilement was high in the district.

Senior Resident Magistrate Munthali said he thought a 15-year-old jail term was adequate to send a warning shot to would-be offenders.

George James, hails from Chepa village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu.

The Ntcheu Senior Resident Magistrate Court has convicted and fined a 43-year-old man one million Kwacha for stealing government medicines.

In default, the man would have to serve a three-year jail term.

Geoffrey Zamajaya was working as a volunteer at Kasinje Health Centre when the crime was committed.

“Police found him with 70 bottles of ARV tablets, 11 viral load HIV testing kits, 40 pieces of medical apron and one medical tape, all property of Malawi Government,” said Ntcheu police station spokesperson, Hastings Chigalu.

Zamajawa pleaded guilty to the charges.

In mitigation, Zamajaya pleaded with the court for leniency saying he was asthmatic, married with six children and he looked after three orphans.

But police prosecutor, Samie Liwonde, prayed for stiffer punishment citing the fact that the crime was committed at a time government hospitals lacked essential drugs.

Senior Resident Magistrate Yohane Munthali agreed with state saying the offence was serious and ordinarily attracts a maximum fine of 20 million Malawi Kwacha and 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

Zamajaya hails from Kasinje village, Trading Authority Ganya in Ntcheu district.

Chancellor College-based political analyst Ernest Thindwa said inactiveness of two opposition parties Democratic Progressive (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) towards November 10 by-elections is not surprising as the two parties are no longer popular among electorates.

One person has died while several others have sustained injuries of various degrees after a bus they were traveling in was involved in a road accident Sunday morning, around Bilira area along Balaka-Salima M5 road in Ntcheu.

Minister of Lands Kezzie Msukwa says government will institute an investigation to probe how funds meant for the construction of houses for persons with albinism during the DPP led administration were used.

The Malawi Red Cross Society says it has exhausted almost 75% of its funds meant for COVID-19 preparedness and response interventions set aside for 19 districts across the country.

In Ntcheu, police have launched a manhunt for a murder suspect who allegedly stabbed to death his sister in-law Wednesday evening at Kalumbu village, Traditional Authority Njolomole.

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