Two years for beating up a ‘thief’

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The magistrate court in Dedza district has handed out two-year jail terms to 19 people for being involved in an act of mob justice.

The thugs were arrested last week for demolishing the house of a member of their community.

According to Dedza police deputy publicist Cassim Manda, on 4th July the gang of 19 suspects went to the house of Issa Salati at around 2am in order to deal with him.

The villagers suspected Salati of being a thief hence they decided to take the matter into their own hands.

At the house they found Salati’s wife and daughter since the man had gone to his second wife’s house in another village.

Dedza suspects

The 19 villagers to face jail.

The villagers however began demolishing Salati’s house.

Even though the woman pleaded with the criminals to allow her remove her property, the gang ignored her request and demolished the whole house.

According to Manda, the thugs have already been taken to court and first grade magistrate Ennete Banda found them guilty of malicious damage and sentenced them to pay a fine of K50,000 each or in default to serve two years in jail.

If the suspects pay the money it will be used as compensation to the victims to build another house as they are destitute.

But Manda said none of the convicts has paid the fine and all of them are still in custody. Manda however commended the court for passing a stiffer sentence.

Cassim Manda

Cassim Manda confirmed of the matter.

“Let me thank our state prosecutor assistant superintendent Chambuluka for this recommendable job, that is what we were anticipating , people should learn to be in line with law any time when they are making decisions, no law in Malawi allow someone to demolish the house of person suspected of committing an offence, that is not fair trial,” said Manda.

He identified the suspects as Yohane Kosam, 31, Ganizani Staniel, 23, Emmanuel Brighton, 27, Madula Vesoni, 36, Hardwell Jeseni, 40.

Joseph Cotton, 23, Mike Chitenje, 21, Dziyere Daniel, 19, Binat Vickson, 20, Chaima Tenifolo, 23, Layton Siyono, 18.

Kennedy Luwiza 31, Stanford Nolice, 18, Yobe James, 27, Lovet Jamiton, 21, Chaluza Meyson, 41.

Yobe Chiyipila, 32, Jusabu Vasco, 18, and Ford Lingiliro, 19.

All 19 suspects are from Guliguli village in the area of Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza.

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  1. oooo mwaganiza bwanji kunjata aimkata?paja amati ngati uyaka wawuwisi kulibwanji wowuma. mwina ichi ndi chiyambi chofuna kuthana ndi mbava. we naver know

  2. Amalawi sitizatheka wakuba amapha ndiye palichifukwa cchomangana apa. Acourt nanu atakupezani mukugona kwanu ndikupha m’bale wanu anthu ena ndikumugwila ndikumumenya ndekutiso inuyo mugaime kukacipinda kanu kuja kumat athuwo amangagidwe once wachosa moyo wanzake.muganize bwino kaya ndindalama mwabwila athuwa atuluke basi sindili mbaliyanutsoo

  3. Palibe kuwasiya tiziwamenyabe kungoti analakwitsa kumumenya koma akanapha basi.Gulu la anthu kupha mbava silimangidwa ndawonapo ine zimenezi.Mbava inaphedwa muzi mwathu palibe anamangidwa komanso mfiti inaotcheredwa nyumba palibe anamangiwa.Apolisi anagobwera kuzauza amfumu kuti tolani tizidutswa mukakwiririre basi

  4. The reporter got it wrong they ddnt found the suspect at his house instead they demolished the house and destroyed the property that means they were answering the charges of malicious damage

  5. Guys i beg nxt time u see a thief jst join him and u wil be safe dan trying to do something dat wil show dat u r honest coz at last u wil be de one behind bars and the thieves enjoying life #Advice

  6. ala naye limozi. Inuyo simukuona kuti mwapha mudzi ndichitukuko cha mumudzi kuphatikiza pazomwe mbavayo yaononga kale. Musaophyeze anthu ndicholinga choti apulumutse kapena kutchinjiliza katundu wawo ku mbava. Kapena kumtundu kwanu yiliko mbava yimene mukufuna izipulumuka ikamabera anthu?? Achibale a anthu 19 katengeni chikalata cha apilo ndiponso katengeni maloya. Kwenikwei chikufunika kuti inu a judge anthuwa muwatuluse alibe mlandu. mukawatulusa awa ifufuzeni mbavayo. apo bii anthu azapange mob

  7. Inu a George Kaphatikazi Banda simuyeyenela kuchita defend mbava kapena judge ayi. DZIWANI IZI: 1. mbava siyimaba mnyumba mwake n’chifukwa anakapeza kulibe. 2. anthu omusaka ndiamumuzi momwe mbavayo yimakhala mwinanso katundu anabedwa momwemo. 3. pogwira mbava sipakhala mtendere, mbava yimalutsa kuposa omugwira. 4. mbava yikaba mumudzi siyingasunge katundu wakuba munyumba yake. Inu ajudge know that one man can not fight a dozen. mukuganiza kuti anthu 19 angangomunamizila munthu mmodzi woti amakhal

  8. Iiiiiii!!!abale apa ndiye mudzi watha,kaya azukulu okumba manda akachokera kuti?Chifukwa anthu mwamangawa ndiomwe amathandizira kukumba manda,chabwino inu apolisi zovuta zikaugwera muzi umeneu muzitumiza maofficer 11 kukakumba manda.Iwowo mbava imenei akuidziwa ndiyammudzi momo.Inu mukuamanganso,amatero?

  9. So bad when a thief attack n kill the owner .he gets six months jail time but when people attack a thief to protect each other gets two years. Wake up Malawi.people are being killed everyday by thieves u still want to fight for their freedom. Too bad

    • Apa..zikuonekeratu..kuti..mbavazo..zimatumidwa..ndi..akuluakulu..amenewo..ndicholinga..choti..aziwagulitsa..katundu..pa..mtengo..otsika…ndiye..ndichifukwachake..amawapanga..defend

  10. amalawi azanga pomalemba comment muziyisata nkhani wosamangolemba poti ndi nkhani. jugde uyu sanalakwe. chifukwa anthuwatu akaononga nyumba yamunthu ndipomwe munthuyo sanampezeko kunyumbako. more over sanamugwire atachoka kwakubako kapena ataba. koma amamuganizila kuti ndiye wakuba mumuzimo koma zilibe umboni chifukwa sanamugwire.tiyeni tiphuzile ndikuziwa kuti munthu aliyense ali ndi ufulu pa chinthu chake. mwana kapena wankulu ingakhale mbava. ndiye zomwe apanga anthuwa ndikulakwa kuononga nyumba yamunthu chosecho sanamugwire

  11. Zopusa! Akusowa zozimanga kapena? Ndi chani maka maka? pamenepo olanga wakuba kapena kut odana ndi umbabva akukamangidwa 2 yrs.. Koma wakubayo ndekut ali pa bell….? ukatero mlandu wake watha? Sindikunvetsa sure?

  12. Malawi is rich imagine our prisons are full of prisoners nde timilandu ta ziii ngati iti anthu akadzadzitse malo kundende???? Judge uyu nde mbuzi ya munthu ndithu he/she is so stupid how can u defend a thief???? That’s y i said mbava zili ndi ufulu kuposa oberedwa.Okuba omwe alibe connection yokwanira ndima judge kapena apolice ndi omwe amapatsidwa zaka zambiri zokakhala kundende.But still we will keep on beating them

    • This, should be a lesson to would be offenders, u know what? Some of people who have been killed in mob justice are mistaken identities thus why we have the police who carry out investigations and brings culprits to book.So if it happens that a person you have killed is awrong person and it happens to be ur relative, will you be able to give back life to him?

    • So do u mean wakuba asamenyedwe kodi ndi akuba angati kapena akupha angati adanamiziridwa? Komanso apolice ake ati omwe mukutiuza apa kuti they can bring criminals into book?.Akuba akazawagwira akazi ako nkuwachinda pamodzi ndi ana ako komanso nkukubera its when u can realise kuti munthu wokuba ndiwoipa hope sudaberedwepo.#AllenNamalima

    • The way how thieves stole all what i have, wallahi nditamugwira i will not just burn him but i will first cut off his balls for sure

  13. Mwina aMagistratewo ndi mbalayo ndipachibale thats y agamula mokondela choncho cas much as i knw wakuba akamapita kokaba amatenga zida zoophya zoti amatha kukupha so iwe mwini nyumba poziteteza ndikumupha walakwanso,Muzabeledwepo kaye inu mukuzitchula kuti Amagistratenu,