Woman fined for attempting to externalise Rands

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A court in Lilongwe has fined a 40-year-old woman for attempting to externalise 5000 South African Rands.

Kondwani Useni has been ordered to pay K175,000 after being found guilty of the crime.

The court on Wednesday heard that on 4 April this year the woman was arrested in the departures lounge at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) as she was about to board a South Africa bound South African Airlines on a business trip.

KIA spokesperson Sapulain Chitonde Lee said after reaching the security searching point, the woman was found with the 5,000 Rands and she failed to produce supporting documents.

In court, she was found guilty of being found in possession of 5,000 South African Rands and attempting to externalise the same.

When passing judgement, Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Her Worship Yona sentenced the woman to pay a fine of MK175,000 or in default to serve 1 year in jail.

The forex has since been forfeited to the Malawi Government and already deposited to the Reserve Bank of Malawi.

The woman hails from Chiswe Village, Traditional Authority Kapeni in Blantyre.

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  1. 5000 ZAR is not even 400 US Dollars. What is the limitation to carrying currency out of Malawi? This is scary. There are no rules and regulations made public and innocent people are getting arrested for crimes that they do not know they committed. What is this country coming to? Are we a friendly, tourist nation? or just corrupt?

    This lady must have just carried the cash to use for taxi and expenses when she travelled. You can buy currency on the street from currency traders – so how will she get proof?

    WHAT IS THE LIMIT ON CARRYING FOREIGN CURRENCY OUT OF THE COUNTRY? WHY ARE ORDINARY PEOPLE BEING PROSECUTED FOR SIMPLE CRIMES LIKE THIS?

  2. Ku chikwaw mdera la chapanang kw pezka munthu win atagwa pa mdege yaufti alimaliseche mulmo utasololka,amalwi ufit ulip

  3. How is this even a crime? What difference would it make if she went with no cash and just withdrew it in SA? Besides all money is fake, just numbers in a bank with IOU letters called banknotes.

  4. Why didnt you arrest Chaponda whom you found with Dollars in his house,this government is full of selfish driven by an educated stupid idiot called “PITALA”

  5. R5000 really. Should we declare as little as R5000? That’s pathetic. And you fine her half of the total amount? That’s day light robbery.

  6. Ndimbavadi naneso anandivuta pa denza akuti aseche muchikwama changa chimene ndinali nacho chaching’ono atandipeza ndi R3800 mu wallet yanga ndi card laku bank la FNB eeeeeeee ndiye panavuta ndinangowapasa R300 kuopa kuti angandichese muchikwama changa

  7. Asaaaa apa mkaziyo wabeledwa koopsya poopsyezedwa ndi malamulo.R5000 inali tpt yomwe mamuna wake adamutumizila kuti athawe chilala kumeneko and Bigu ndiamene adayambitsa izi zoti a Malawi tizionetsa R3000 pa Beitbridge.Eyi eyi mbava zoyendela malamulo.

  8. Adandimangako ndi mulandu opusau lucky enough ndidali ndima pay slips osonyenza kuti I earn them kujob yanga yaku theba kkkkkk koma vuto akuti sidapange declare bwanji pameme ndinkalowa ???life its hard moendamu tikukumana nazo that’s why mitu yaanthu ogwira ndikupanga business outside Malawi sigwira bwino ,zokhoma zimachuluka….

    • Ineyo Big 2008 nduchoka kuno ku RSA. Ndidakwapula left and right mbama wa civilian pa mwanza border nkhani yake yomweyo! Then after atatulutsa ndikundimanga later on adanitaya after zam’manja.

  9. Ine ndikwera Lolemba lino ndi R15,980, Malawi wanga eish , mmayi wa business ,ali pa trip ya business, akupita ku RSA, asapezeke ndi ma rand !?

  10. Zamisala zenizeni…I was also arrested at Mwanza Border because i had 10,000 rands…#FISCAL office must fall….ndi mbava zachabechabe

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