Mana

Court convicts pastor of rape

 

The Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate Court on Friday convicted Pastor for Kapiri Living Waters Church in Mangochi, Edward Sankera, of raping an18 year old girl without her consent and thereafter revoked the bail the convict was granted.

Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe said the victim disclosed in the court during previous hearing that Sankera had sex with her four separate times last year as this was contrary to Section 133 of the Penal Code.

“Between March and April 2021, Sankera had sex with the victim at Kapile Village in Mangochi without her consent while his wife was attending overnight prayers and he threatened her never to reveal to anyone,” he said.

Michongwe said in the court that Prophet Gonda, a member of the Kapiri Living Waters Church also testified in court.

"Prophet Gonda said he approached the victim after noting that she looked unhappy and was not actively participating in the Church's praise team at the Kapiri Living Waters Church and this prompted the victim to disclose to him that Sankera had been having sex with her,” the Magistrate said, adding that it was Gonda that advised the victim to report the issue to the Church leadership.

According to Michongwe, the church later informed the victim's parents about the issue despite the other church members’ insistence that the issue be handled by the church.

The young woman was living with Sankera's family from February 2021 and returned to her parents August, 2021 when the rape issue was brought to light.

Sankera was later arrested by Mangochi Police and granted him court bail after denying the rape allegations.

However, Michongwe said that the state had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had a case to answer.

He convicted Sankera of the rape charge and revoked the bail.

The State and Counsel for the accused are expected to make their submissions on the accused sentence within 10 days. 

The rape case will return to court on August 31, 2022 for the court's ruling.

Sankera comes from Manyowe area, in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kuntaja in Blantyre. 

Mana

Japanese, Malawian Drown in Lake Chilwa

 

A 60-year-old Japanese national, Ichiro Imai and a Malawian John Juwawo, have on August 19, 2022 drowned in the waters of Lake Chilwa in Zomba.

According to Zomba Police Station Public Relations Officer (PRO), Patricia Sipiliano, it was reported that the late Japanese national was a fisheries sociologist and has been coming to Malawi periodically for studies where as Juwawo was a fisheries officer.

The two, on August 16, in company of other people went to Chinguma and Ngotangota fishing docks for their studies using a fisheries boat.

After their studies on August 19, the team opted to return where they encountered heavy winds that capsized their boat.

Efforts to rescue the team were done but the Japanese national was found dead while Juwawo is still missing. 

Meanwhile, the Marine Police officers and officers from fisheries have jointly instituted investigations on the missing individual. 

The body of Imai is currently at Zomba Central Hospital Mortuary.

 

Mana

MANGOCHI HERBALIST JAILED 10 YEARS FOR RAPING PATIENT

 

The Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrates Court on Tuesday sentenced Chiko Vasco, 70, to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for raping and impregnating a 30-year-old woman who came to seek medical attention.

Mangochi Police Station, Prosecutor Sub-Inspector, Maggie Chibulire told the court that in October 2021, the victim developed mental disorder after she had miscarried and was taken to him as a well-known traditional healer in Mangochi.

She told the court that the woman was treated for four months and that by April 2022, the woman was showing signs of recovery.

The convict informed her parents of their K80,000 bill.

But parents negotiated to pay the amount in installments, which angered Vasco who moved the victim to another location and declared her as his second wife.

“On July 13, 2022 the parents sourced the whole amount and went to take their daughter only to discover that she was pregnant and the victim revealed that he had been raping her and was responsible for the pregnancy,” Chibulire added.

Vasco pleaded guilty and admitted to the charge which prompted the state to convict him on his own plea of guilty.

Chibulire asked the court to give Vasco a stiffer punishment saying what he did was immoral and criminal and has dented the image of traditional healers.

In mitigation, Vasco pleaded with the court for leniency on account that he looks after his family and if given a stiffer penalty his family would suffer.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Rodrick Michongwe said Vasco took advantage of the victim’s vulnerability as such he must be given a stiffer punishment to serve as a lesson to other would-be offenders.

Michongwe sentenced Vasco who hails from Kadango Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Namabvi in the district to 10 years IHL.

Source: Mana

Noel Mkwaila

Woman Arrested for Killing daughter in Blantyre

 

Twenty four-year-old Mercy Banda has been arrested by police in Blantyre for allegedly killing her 7-year-old daughter, Dingile Banda.

It is reported that the suspect committed the offence on Saturday at Chilobwe Township in the city.

“The deceased developed skin cancer and the suspect went to a nearby pharmacy to buy medicine for her. On her return, it is alleged that she noticed unusual signs on the child who had her eyes protruding and swollen mouth,” says Blantyre Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Aubrey Singanyama who adds that this angered the suspect, who slapped the deceased.

Singanyama says, upon being slapped, late Dingile fellow to the ground and became unconscious after having her neck also twisted by her mother.

“The suspect’s mother took the deceased to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival,” said the deputy PRO for Blantyre.

Police have since said the suspect will answer murder charges in court soon.

Mercy Banda hails from Khonyoni village in the area of Traditional Authority Kaphiri in Lilongwe.

 

Pemphero Mpinganjira

Police nets 58 over various offences

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Police in Limbe on 14 June 2022, placed in custody 58 suspected lawbreakers.

The suspects (identities withheld) were apprehended in a sweeping exercise conducted within Limbe policing area.

Public Relations Officer for Limbe Police Station, Inspector Patrick Mussa confirmed of the arrest.

“The suspects have been charged with offenses of found in possession of Cannabis sativa without permission, operating a bar without a license, and idle and disorderly.

“They will appear in court soon to answer charges leveled against them,” Mussa said.

Mussa further said the exercise is ongoing, aiming at suppressing criminal activities within Limbe policing area

Mana

Ex-convict arrested soon after release

 

Police in Mangochi have arrested ex-convict, Abdul Imani, 38, for defiling a 12-year-old girl barely a day after his release from a seven-year imprisonment for robbery, Malawi News Agency has learnt.

Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi, confirmed the arrest of Imani, saying the ex-convict was released on June 9, 2022, but was later found on the wrong side of the law when he allegedly defiled the girl at Mpima Forest along the Peter Mutharika Highway in Mangochi on June 10.

The Mangochi Police publicist added that the girl was defiled on her way to a market to sell pumpkins when Imani stopped her in the guise of a customer and convinced the girl to follow him to his house, saying he would buy all the pumpkins.

“While passing through Mpima Forest, the suspect dragged the girl into the forest and defiled her despite screaming for help,” Daudi added.

She said passersby found the girl crying and reported the matter to Mangochi Police where the victim was issued with a referral letter to Mangochi District Hospital for medical examination that proved positive.

Sub Inspector Daudi added that police investigation was carried out and later the law enforcers arrested Imani who was identified by the victim.

Imani, who comes from Kalonga Village in Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi, has been charged with defilement contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code and will appear before court soon.

Pemphero Mpinganjira

Man electrocuted in BT

Electrocuted man

 

As vandalism cases of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) properties are on the rise, a man in Blantyre (unidentified) has been electrocuted while trying to vandalize an ESCOM transformer.

According to Public Relations Officer for Limbe Police, Inspector Patrick Mussa, the initial findings revealed that the unknown man together with other accomplices went to vandalize the ESCOM transformer in Machinjiri Township, area 9, in the city.  

“It is alleged that while tampering with the same, he got electrocuted but his friends escaped.

“Police detectives visited the scene and found him in possession of spanners and screwdrivers,” Mussa said.

The man was later taken to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) where he was pronounced dead.

According to Mussa, the dead body is still at the hospital's mortuary pending identification and postmortem.

Police have since warned perpetrators against the vandalism of ESCOM transformers, as they will be tracked down and brought to book.

Pemphero Mpinganjira

Chichiri prison escapee arrested

in custody -Charles Charlie

 

Police in Chikwawa are keeping in custody 25-year-old Charles Charlie who allegedly escaped from Chichiri prison.  

According to Police, he bolted from said facility in January this year, while serving a jail term for robbery.  

Charlie was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, June 5 2022 by Nkumaniza Police at his hiding place in Dzenje village near the Mozambique border.

Charlie, who in an interrogation, admitted the offense, will be taken to court for escaping from lawful custody.

Meanwhile, the Police have stated that communications with Chichiri prison have been made for identification.

Charlie hails from Kambelengende village, Traditional Authority Tengani in Nsanje.  

Mana

Ntchisi murder suspect dies in hospital

 

A man who was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning for allegedly murdering his brother and wounding his parents has died while receiving treatment at Ntchisi District Hospital, a few hours after his arrest.

Ntchisi Police Spokesperson, Yohane Tasowana who identified the suspect as Edward Chatambalala, 41 said he was arrested for allegedly murdering his younger brother, Jericho Chatambalala, 24 at Chimtsekwa Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Chilooko’s area in the district.

“It is alleged that while on full intoxication of alcohol, Edward stabbed his young brother for no apparent reasons and after killing his younger brother, he stabbed both his parents,” he  said.

According to the Police Publicist, the suspect who was arrested around 2 am on Tuesday only spent about thirty minutes in Police cell before he was taken to Ntchisi District Hospital where he died a few hours later while receiving treatment.

“At the time of his arrest, his head was swollen and he had a wound,” Tasowana said.

He said Postmortem results indicate that the death was due to internal bleeding.

Pemphero Mpinganjira

Man arrested for illegal mining

Chisasa Tungamire

 

Police in Mulanje have arrested a 51-year-old man identified as Chisasa Tungamire for allegedly doing illegal mining in Mulanje.

Spokesperson for Mulanje Police, Sub-inspector Gresham Ngwira has confirmed the arrest saying a forest ranger found Tungamire with a bag of minerals. 

Ngwira further said the minerals which are believed to be Quartz are suspected to have been extracted from the mountain.

the minerals
the minerals 

Meanwhile, the minerals are expected to be taken to the Geological Survey Department for examination.