Man fined K70 thousand for possessing 2 bags of Indian hemp

MACHINGA, Machinga Second Grade Magistrate Court over the weekend convicted and fined 30 year old Mphatso Mlozolo K70,000 in default of four months imprisonment with hard labour for possessing five kilograms of Cannabis sativa commonly known as chamba.

Mlozolo who was traveling on a minibus that was stopped for check-up at Machinga Boma Road block was found with two small bags that contained the illicit drug.

During interviews at Machinga Police, Mlozolo admitted that the chamba belonged to him which is against regulation four sections 19 of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Prosecutor, Sub Inspector Rodrick Kamuona told the court that Mlozolo was arrested at Machinga Boma police check point on July 23.

Mlozolo was coming from Ulongwe and was expected to drop at Namwera turn off. At the police check point, the minibus he was travelling in was stopped for a search, said Sub Inspector Kamuona.

The police discovered that Mlozolo was carrying two small bags that contained chamba and after weighing them they weighed a total of five kilograms, Kamuona added.

Kamuona asked for stiffer penalty to be meted by the court saying trafficking of chamba is a serious crime and that it was on the increase in the district.

Second Grade Magistrate, Maxwell Boasi said possession of chamba which is a crime against the laws of Malawi. was becoming rampant in the district.

He therefore convicted Mlozolo and ordered him to pay a fine of K70,000 or be jailed for four months in default.

Mlozolo, who paid the fine thereby avoiding the four months imprisonment, comes from Mbapi Village, Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi.

Recently, the same Machinga Boma Police check point arrested a Matours Bus driver, Lovemore Chautsi, 42 after the police discovered two bags containing chamba under his seat.

The court also convicted and ordered Chautsi to pay K130, 000 in default of ten months imprisonment

Chautsi who comes from Kuthwani Village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu managed to pay the fine.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA