The Nkhata-Bay First Magistrate Court has ordered nine Mozambicans arrested for illegal entry into Malawi and to pay a fine of K25, 000 each or in default serve six month Imprisonment with Hard Labor.
Nkhata-Bay Police Spokesperson, Ignatius Esau confirmed the sentencing of the nine Mozambicans who entered without supporting documents and are reported to have been aided by Jaja Kamanga (65) of Kang’oma Village Traditional Authority Mankhambira in Nkhata-Bay district.
“The nine were charged with illegal entry while Jaja Kamanga was charged with the offence of aiding illegal entry which is contrary to section 31 subsection 1 of Immigration Act,” said Esau.
The Police Publicist further said that when the suspects appeared before court they pleaded guilty to the charge before pleading with the court to forgive them since according to them they did not know that moving from one country to another without relevant documents is an offence.
“But First Grade Magistrate Billy Ngosi quashed the convicts’ mitigation by saying that ignorance of the law is not a defense in a court of law,” said the Esau.
The court has also ordered that the Mozambicans be handed over to immigration department for deportation once they either pay the fine or after serving their sentence.
Meanwhile the court has also sentenced Jaja Kamanga to serve a one year jail term for aiding the illegal malpractice.-MBC