Malawi’s Former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Ellock Maotcha Banda who served the post under the Bingu wa Mutharika administration, has been sentenced to 6 years Imprisonment with Hard Labor (IHL) for abducting a 17 year old girl.
Earlier last year, Maotcha abducted the girl whom he had been in relationship with since 2013 from her secondary school based in Zomba.
Later the girl was found at Madzi ndi Moyo guest house room in Ntaja township that belong to the former deputy minister after parents for girl reported the matter to Ntaja Police station.
In her ruling Zomba Chief residents Magistrate Agnes Nyirenda said Maotcha deserved a tough punishment following the abduction that is contrary to Section 78, subsection 1 of the Child protection Act that attacks a maximum sentence of 10 years.
In mitigation, Maotcha pleaded for leniency saying he is a first offender.
Meanwhile Maotcha has been sent to Zomba maximum prison where he is will save his jail term.