Court Fines, Convicts Ntcheu Fracas Suspects

Ntcheu Magistrate Court has convicted and fined four people alleged to have been involved in the fracas that erupted at Tsangano turn-off earlier this month.

The four are Alfred Zopero, Thibwathibwa Savieli, Livison Kamkwamba and Isaac Muuzamfiti. They are answering charges of receiving and bringing in property dishonestly acquired outside Malawi.

Kamkwamba was also charged with another offence of proposing violence at unlawful assembly as he is deemed to be the master-minder of the fracas.

It is alleged that a Burundian national who resides in Mozambique and plies his trade at Tsangano turn-off trading centre abducted a young boy from Malawi and intended to kill him.

The boy who managed to escape alerted his relations resulting into an upheaval which resulted into the looting of property worth over MK27 million from the Burundian merchant’s grocery store.

Second Grade Magistrate, Philip Chibwana fined Zopero K45, 000 or in default serve 18 months imprisonment with hard labour; Savieli was fined MK60, 000 or in default serve 20 months IHL.

While Kamkwamba was jailed 18 months with no option of a fine considering a role he played in the scuffle.

Muuzamfiti, the master minder of the broil, was fined MK75, 000 or in default serves 24 months IHL on charges of proposing violence at unlawful assembly.

Conversely, the court acquitted Muuzamfiti on charges of receiving and bringing in property dishonestly acquired outside Malawi.

The convicts have since paid the fine.

Another suspect, Mustafa Masitala, was acquitted on the charge he was answering which he pleaded not guilty.

Meanwhile, three suspects have been remanded at Ntcheu prison pending trial in connection to the same fracas.

The three are also answering charges of receiving or bringing in property dishonestly acquired outside Malawi which is contrary to section 331 of the penal code.

Located in the central region district of Ntcheu, Tsangano turn off trading center is well known for its vegetable production like cabbages, tomatoes and Irish potatoes.

Most of the people traveling between the two main cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre always make a stop over at the trading center to purchase these products.- Capital Radio


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