K3 million robbers jailed for 8 years


The first grade magistrate court in Mchinji has sentenced three men to 8 years imprisonment each for stealing over K3 million cash at Mchinji Metro shop.

The three are Binali Mataka, 36, Gerald Yasini, 32, and Pemba Katinji who is aged 24.

The court heard from state prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Dave Kusamale that the convicts who had been on the Police most wanted list for being behind a series of aggravated robberies in the country were arrested in connection to the Metro robbery.

According to Kusamale, the first accused Mataka was arrested during the wee hours of June 5, 2017 by police officers who were on patrol after he was spotted moving suspiciously around Mchinji Boma.

His arrest was a breakthrough as his accomplices were later cornered in Zomba and Blantyre.

The arrest of the three led the police to recover cash amounting to K906,000, two motor vehicles, 2 plasma TV screens, 1 laptop, 3 Digital cameras and 2 gas cylinders which were tendered in court as evidence.

The trio admitted taking part in the Metro case before his worship First Grade Magistrate Mejja Phiri who then found them guilty of two offences of breaking into a building and committing a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Mejja classified their acts as the worst saying the country cannot develop with such kind of minds hence the convicts needed a stiff penalty to serve as a lesson to would be offenders.

Despite several mitigating factors that the convicts raised, the magistrate slashed them with 8 and 4 years imprisonment with hard labour each on the 1st and 2nd counts respectively and said the sentences will run concurrently.

Mejja further ruled that the motor vehicle Toyota Passo, registration number MH 1617 that was used during the Mchinji robbery should be forfeited to the Malawi Government.

Mataka hails from Kapile village Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi while Katinji hails from Lutinji village, Traditional Authority Katuli in Mangochi.



  1. only 8 yrs baxi….nde bola akanaphedwatu……cz for me any thief is a killer and he must be killed as well…i dont like the idea of keeping these pple in prison instead of killing them

  2. Iwe ma youth wo akufunika kumagwira tinchito tophweka osati kungodikira ubwana kenaka ndikumaba,,,,,munjatidwa basi,,,,,,welcome malawi police arrest the thugs

  3. Zoona munthu kukagwira ukaidi chifukwa cha 3 million ndithu.lets be serious coz akanagwira ntchito ndi kukhetsera thukuta pakutha pa zaka 8 bwenzi atapanga more than that.Think before u steal

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  5. Ndi nthawi ya masamu tsopano :-K3 mita 8yrs……….Chaponda 5billion =140yrs……..ma court ake omwe omwewo zochita kusiyana let’s wait and see!!

  6. I understand that most of these robbers are yourths who are jobless, government should rootout correption and create job opportunities inorder to reduce such crimes!

  7. Kkkkkkkkkkkkk koma ma court akumalawi sazatheka, okuba abakha ndi nkhuku akumpatsa 12 yrs okuba 3 mil akumpatsa 8 yrs koma onsewo imeneyo ndi first offence. Zilipo lipo man mmmmmmmm

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