Court Acquits Two Tanzanians Over Stolen Drugs

The Karonga First Grade Magistrate court on Friday acquitted two Tanzanian nationals who were arrested after being found in possession of medical drugs allegedly to have been stolen in Malawi.

Foti Mwakilambo, 29, and Saluvaton Morimpiano, 36, were among those who were arrested some two weeks ago at Mufwa along the lake Malawi for attempting to smuggle the drugs into Tanzania using an engine boat.

The court noted that being found in possession of stolen goods and services within the jurisdiction of Malawi is illegal and against Section 909 of the Penal Code.

Police in the district intercepted the medical drugs and arrested Mwakilambo and Morimpiano on May 12.

The drugs are worth MK25, 000 and were stolen from Karonga District Hospital.

However, the two were acquitted after denied the charge, arguing that they only owned the boat which had several passengers with different goods on board giving much possibilities that the drugs might belong to one of the passengers.

Mwakilambo and Morimpiano hail from Andembwise village Traditional Authority (T/A) Njombe in Tanzania.

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