Three drivers jailed for carrying matola

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Nkhotakota First Grade Magistrate court on Tuesday sentenced three drivers to 14 months imprisonment for endangering passengers’ lives by carrying them in the back of their trucks.

The convicts have been identified as Emmanuel Matumba, 26, Joseph Chakanyuka, 30, and Bakali Chapola, 28.

The three were arrested in Nkhotakota on Monday this week, according to Nkhotakota Police Station Public Relations Officer Williams Kaponda.

cuffs“They were found carrying passengers locally known as matola on open motor vehicles,” Kaponda said.

In court, state prosecutor MacRhino Lungu said the three were arrested by traffic police officers during routine traffic stops.

“The trio were found contravening section 237 (E) of the penal code,” Lungu told the court.

In mitigation all suspects asked for lenient sentences as they were first offenders and have family responsibilities.

But first grade magistrate Fred Juma Chilowetsa said the charge the three were answering is serious in nature as it attracts life imprisonment. He further noted the increased accidents which are becoming worrisome in the country.

“We have recently lost many souls due to drivers who don’t care about people’s lives but rather money,” Chilowetsa said.

“In Nkhotakota alone as of September this year we have registered about 37 accidents according to reports,” he added.

The magistrate went on and sentenced each of the three to 14 months imprisonment with hard labour starting from the day of the arrest.

Chilowetsa further asked the general public to make sure they use recommended motor vehicles on their journeys to avoid loss of lives.

“We are going to strictly enforce section 237 (E) of the penal code. The drivers must be aware of this since all suspects found guilty will go to jail,” Chilowetsa said.

The convicts Bakali Chapola and Joseph Chakanyuka hail from Mtagha and Phangwa villages both from the area of senior chief Malengachanzi while Emanuel Matumba is from Bango village in the area of senior chief Mwadzama, all from Nkhotakota district.

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  1. Ngati ali ndi nzeru akuyenera kuika ntengo woyenera kut driver azilandira ngati salary yake sitimapangaso matola koma isachepere k200000 komaso 25000 ngati an arawance simuzaona nditapanga matora kupatula apo nde mutimangadi coz sindigayendese truck nde mphunzisi azindiposa koma nde mutimangadi

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  3. dziko ndi anthu ake. apaa ndipamene zaonetselatu kuti kumalawi kuli mdima zooona majajiwo bizzy bizzy kulamula kuti anthu akakhale ndende nthawi yonseyi chochecho matola kusiya anthu akusolola mamilioni mu m.boma cash gt aaaaa zitsilu

  4. Rubbish…which bus goes to kafukule.mphopha.manje.katuli.msiliza.chamama.mlowe.livingstonia or makanjila?? Magalimoto a matola ndiwo amafika mmaderawa. Mwina muzitumiza ma bus a cashgate azizatitenga ulere

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  7. Malamulo oletsa matola alipodi koma vuto ndiloti amagwira ntchito pokhapokha ngati driver walephera kupereka chiphuphu kwa wapolisi.Zikufanana ngati anthu ootcha makala.umapeza kuti wina amumanga chifukwa chootcha kapena kugulitsa makala,kuthengo koma chikhalirenicho popita nao anthuwo kupolisi mukudutsanso ogulitsa makala mseu onse from Phalula to matindi via Kam’mwamba,Zalewa. Chilungamo chiripati. Takumana okhaokha adyera. Atayeni ma driver akasamale mabanja awo. Sangakukwezeni udindo chifukwa cha nkhani yake iyiyi panalibepo skill iriyonse apa. Zimenezi ena adzakutapa nazoni jombo owooh!

  8. Aaaaaah ma judge akumalaw kuxowa zochtatu uku nd2!!!kmanga mun2 cz of matola wtf!! Free up Em plz ngat mlandu yantha ndekt muzngomanga aliyenxe bac??shame on u,,,,,#SHUPITI

  9. Hee! Wonders shall never end in malawi,did the drivers force the people in their trucks or they did it willingly? Either, it simply shows how poor your transport system is that it forces people to get ways of transport that will put their lives at risk.As for the drivers, it’s a pitty that they were just trying to do what every bread Weaner would do.I don’t see any solid case here for someone to end in jail for so long.only have one word to describe this “bullshit”

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  11. This is not sounding anything to a poor nation like Malawi. Just be coz of matola. Is it not the same court and govt which says prisons r full to the brim. Today u sentence drivers for the sake of matola. U want to ban matola when u can’t facilitate measures to eradicate poverty in Malawi. Endangering the lives of many when u fail to provide drugs to hospitals. Be serious and certain when passing judgements. Harry Khalima am totally behind u. As drivers let’s unit to prevent this. Henry Phoya the then minister of justice said and I quote ‘As govt we should refrain from making/formulation of bad laws’. He said this during Bingu era, U mean to say buses r accidents free. U r slapping stinking mud on the face of Malawians. God will punish u.

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  13. Zinazi nzofunika kusutsana nazo, ma driver tigwirizane tipedze otiyimirira pa mlandu,tipange appeal anthuwa atuluke.komanso ufulu omatcha tilinawo titsutsane nazo zimenedzi.

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  17. Maluziwa mukuwaona koma? okwelawo amafuna ku saver ndalamakaya nayeso driveryo salary yake sikukwana kugulira zofunika malinga ndi kukwela kwa zinthuku

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