10 years for petty thief who stole K120,000 worth of goods


The Midima Senior Resident Magistrate court on Tuesday sentenced a 27 year-old man to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for burglary and theft.

Deputy Public Relations Officer for Limbe police Pedzesai Zembeneko identified the convict as Gift Salijeni.

MchinjiZembeneko said the suspect broke into one of the houses at Dzungu village in Thyolo district.

“In the process Salijeni stole assorted items worth K120,000,” he said.

According to the publicist, some of the stolen items were electronic appliances.

In court Salijeni was found guilty of burglary and theft and Senior Resident Magistrate Benedictus Chitsakamile therefore slapped him with 10 years imprisonment with hard labour.

Salijeni comes from Dzungu village in the area of Traditional Authority Kapichi in Thyolo district.



  1. Rogue and Vagabond Laws have been declared unconstitutional and therefore anyone caught having broken into someone’s house will have to pay dearly. I remember Joseph Nkasa’s song which says “Olemera amalakwa koma chuma chawo chimawabisa”.

  2. yaseen burgary is serious amatha kupha munthu or raping ngati mwakumana. zasiyana ndikuba using papers

  3. Yes they deserve stiffer punishment because breaking ones house is a very serious crime considering the way one struggles to get those items. Unlike stealing from the government. The government get donations and has a lot of money so why should one break a house and steal hard fought money to acquire the items?

  4. Ndikanakhala kuti ndine mwini katundu I couldn’t punish him wth that 10 years, pomwe poor man like uyu akufikana potchola nyumba zaweni means zinthu sizili bwino, if Malawi was not a corrupt country I think this man couldn’t burglar the houses. But because our own country is full of corrupt and he has nothing to do that’s what force him to kutyola nyumba zaweni

    The law work to poor people
    10 years is too much for R2000 rand staff why osangomufunsa komwe anakagulitsa coz naye ogula katundu wakuba akuyenera kumangidwa naye ..

    Dzuka Malawi
    Zaulendo uno

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