1 November 2016 Last updated at: 9:41 AM
Five years only for men who wanted to sell their nephews at K300,000
A court in Mchinji district has sentenced two men to five years imprisonment for attempting to sell their two nephews.
The two cousins, Yesaya Etifala and Ackim James, last week approached a businessman in the district and offered to sell him their two nephews aged four and five at K300, 000.
The offer shocked the businessman and he reported the issue to police who cornered and arrested the men before they had a chance to kidnap the kids.
In court, the two men were found guilty of buying or disposing of a person as slave which is contrary to Section 267 of the penal code
State prosecutor Gerald Ngoma asked the court for stiff punishment saying that the convicts are married and have children but opted to sell their nephews whilst leaving their children safer.
His Worship Governor Chiipanthenga then sentenced the two to five years imprisonment with hard labour.
Both convicts hail from Lameck village, Traditional Authority Nkanda in Mchinji.