20 September 2016 Last updated at: 9:10 PM
Two jailed over chamba
The Dowa first grade magistrate court has handed prison terms to two people for being found with chamba.
The two Weluzani Singade 35, and Kwame Banda 21, have been sentenced to 30 and 20 months imprisonment with had labour respectively without the option of fine for being found in possession of Indian hemp contrary to section 4a as read with regulation 19 sub section 1 and 2 of Dangerous Drugs Act.
The court heard that the two convicts were arrested on different days but at the same roadblock in Dowa after being found with the illegal drugs.
Presenting facts in court, Prosecutor Regina Kumwenda said the first suspect Singade was found with 2 bags of Indian hemp and when the bags were taken to Chitedze Research Station they were weighing 98kgs.
The court also heard that the second convict Banda was arrested at the same roadblock and he was found with 1 bag of Indian hemp weighing 28kgs.
The state asked the court to give stiffer sentences to the two men to let others get a lesson.
When passing judgement, magistrate Amulan Phiri agreed with the prosecutors that the convicts needed stiff sentences to deter other would be offenders.
Phiri therefore sentenced Singade to 30 months in prison while Banda was given a 20 month jail term. Both sentences were handed out without the option of a fine.