Baby dumper ordered to do community service

Blantyre Magistrates Court has ordered a 22 year-old woman, Wanangwa Tambala to do 40 hours of community service in default serve one month in prison for dumping her newly-born baby in pit-ratline in Chilobwe Township, Blantyre.

Tambala who hails from Kajombo village T/A Kapeni, married and has two children, committed the offence on the night of September 4th this year.

Baby rescued after being dumped in toilet

Baby rescued after being dumped in toilet

Information presented in court revealed that Wanangwa, who was nine-month pregnant and is married to Kusayi Tambala, gave birth to a baby boy at around 8pm in a communal toilet of one of the churches in the township before dumping the infant in the same latrine.

“The watchman who was guarding the church heard a baby crying in the toilet when he had gone to answer a call of nature; he then mobilised people in the area and demolished the latrine,” Police prosecutor Sergeant, Victor Nachuma told the court.

Interestingly one of the people who helped to successfully rescue the baby was the husband to the accused person. The matter was reported to Chilobwe Police who instituted a man-hunt and managed to apprehend the accused in Ntonda in T/A Kapeni’s area.

Nachuma said: “She was arrested and taken to police where she confessed to have given birth and dumped the baby into the latrine.”

Both accused and the baby were taken to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) where Doctors certified that Wanangwa Tambala is mentally normal.

Tambala pleaded guilty to the offence and in mitigation she prayed for leniency appealing that she has two more children who will need her care.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Viva Nyimba subsequently sentenced her to perform a community service for the period of 40 hours in default serve one month in prison despite Nachuma’s plea for stiffer punishment on argument that the accused had intention to kill.

Endeavouring to conceal birth of a child contrary to Section 232 of the Penal Code attracts a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment with hard labour.

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50 thoughts on “Baby dumper ordered to do community service”

  1. Mayiyo mmene amakwerana nd mwamuna wakeo samadziwa kt apanga mwana,amangomva kukoma bas! Zitsru zawanthu!!

  2. kammudoni says:

    Nkofunikanso kuti bamboyo alandile zikwapu 1111 komanso azile ndi kusuka mite go 111, pomaaliza amwe mazi ndowa ziwiri osapumila, apo ayi akakhale pa shamba Ku chichiri kwa zaka 4.

  3. nsanje port says:

    Koma chisoni ndithu…mwana 3.8kgs kumutaya,anzanu abereka WA 1.8kgs uyu akupumayu

  4. mwiza says:

    Komanso Bambo wake asese 20 hours kuti asamapereke Ana kwa anthu osasamala. Inu zowona
    mimba kumamangopereka kwa amisala. Mmene kumavutila kupanga mwana muja.

  5. Laurence Chrles Jelenje says:

    amayi inu …need DELIVERANCE ndithu

  6. Jando says:

    Concealing death is a misdemeanour carrying a sentence of 2 years not 5 years imprisonment.

  7. Tiko says:

    Wanangwa and Viva Nyimba. The names tell it.

  8. Lumbani says:

    If she belongs 2yo family rit. I dnt agree wt u a judge v dis matter. U better jst pool ha cold water unlyk kunyengeza anthu kt mwapeleka chilango. 40hrs community service? Shame on u Mr Judge

  9. patrick says:

    Dzomvetsa chisoni kwambiri kodi akhothi mumanya manyi pogamula mulandu kamba chani? kodi simoyo umenewo amautayao, komwe kuli kupha, tsono kachilango kameneka inu eni mukuti mwalanga? gudge wopusa iwe kwambiri ndipo sukudziwa kuti uli pamenepo kamba chani. Ndakhumudwa kwambiri iwe usiye mtchito.

  10. Blessings mdeza says:

    Kod ma judge enawa ndi dzina lokha eti?kachigamuloka kachepa mayiwa amafuna kupha amayenela kulandila chilango chowamvexa kuwawa.

  11. Atuganire says:

    Signature tune: Kodi ambuye Yesu simusamara, mukugona tulo ife tikutaika?
    Namondwe wakula panyanja, ngarawa yathu ikumira inu ambuye
    zukani tikutaika!!!

  12. Mbanangwa says:

    40hours is more than would be just. The mother should have a suspended sentence in order to suckle the baby.

  13. ndexxxxy says:

    Mr.judge u r a fool. a big fool!!

  14. kalendo banda says:

    Apa sanamupase chilango mwina aganiza bwino coz nkudula moyo uku wamwana, chilango chachepa akanamupasa 5yrs yomweyo bola, u senior wachani apa simuziwa kugamula asazakupaseniso inu kugamula nkhani ine zandiwawa kwambiri.

  15. m-theta says:

    the punishment is inadequate. that was a life she tried to take, what she threw away others pray for every day and night,

    thats a pat on the back, give her a real punishment

  16. Omama says:

    Ufulu wa amai mmalawi. Paja wayambira pa arbotion. Pali chani apa. Tikukambirana komiti ya women parliamentary kokasi. Ufulu wa amai pochotsa zimimba. Pali chani apa, mamva madzi. Lero mwaona mwana ali mu manyi okhaokha, mawa mudzaona zenizeni sititchula pano.

  17. THYOLO THAVA says:

    Ife a DPP tatsutsa

  18. Munthavi says:

    our judicial system is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Patriot says:

    I hope that was your first and LAST child.
    STUPID WOMAN

  20. MLOMWE says:

    Is true there something between magistrate and the lady.So we need to transfer the case to another court.Becoz that magistrate is very stupd. Me as country officer

  21. mkulumadzi says:

    Kachilango ka fake

  22. Mr Nkhawa njee says:

    Mr Judge that’s we call stupid judging 40 hours only or one month with HLB. You can not compare life of a person with 40 hours. I hope the judge and the woman there is something.

  23. WE RE AN EVIL AND HYPOCRITICAL NATION: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BABY DAMPER AND AN ABORTIONIST SO THAT WE SHOULD WASTE OUR RESOURCES IN PARLIAMENT DEBATING ON THE LATTER. SHAME ON US AND MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY!

  24. zodabwisa says:

    From maxmum of 5yrs to minmum of 40hours. Mr magistrate is there anything special between u & the lady? Can u explain in 580 words? Kuba nkhuku 2yrs, kuba galimoto 4month ?

  25. Samson Maloya says:

    Chilangochi chachepa. 40hrs ndi moyo wa munthu sizingalowane.

  26. bad says:

    A Magestrate otani inu kupereka chilango chofewa ngati chimenecho? Mwaona poti mwana sayankhula eti? Mukanakhala inuyo kuti mwatayidwa mu toilet, chilango chimenecho chikanakusangalasani? That woman is a murderer, she deserves real punishment. Those other children would have been cared by the father. Iyeyo samamva achipatala usiku ndi usana kulalikila za kulera zaulele.

  27. Think Tank says:

    We are not serious as a nation. Thet woman should have been charged with attempted murder. You dont conceal a child in a pit latrene. And then you talk about children rights! where is the justice????

  28. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

    Toooooo bad to the new baby please take the baby to social worker as this is LENIENT JUDGMENT to the mother as she will kill this baby if you may hand over to her please do not give her a baby please.

  29. john haward says:

    she suppose to be punished

  30. kingsley chatha says:

    zichitochitozi zikungofuna kutionetsa kuti nthawi yatheratu.The rupture is very neer to take place.its onily few pipo who can believe what iam meaning.

  31. Makito says:

    Spiritual redemption required

  32. Amulande mwanayo chifukwa awonesa kuti alibe naye tchito,mumalo ake mupase mwanayo anthu ena amene akusowa ana.kikikikikikiki,hahahaha.anthuni zoona anzawo amasowa ana iwo nkumataya?

    Iyayi chiwoneni bwino chilangocho madala,vuto ndichani lomataya ana osalakwa?Basi kungofuna kuchindidwa nda muna mpakana sizi yotaya mwana?hule komanso ufiti wachabe-chabe

  33. alangidwe chondeeee ameneyooo,tawonani mmene mwanayo akuwonekera,zomvetsa chisoni kwambiri

  34. Ngoni says:

    40 hours????? A month in default for dumbing a baby in a latrine????? Lord have mercy for this Malawi judiciary system

  35. FKS says:

    Mwana ukumutaya leroyi mawa udzamufuna. Chimwana manyi okhaokha chonchi?

  36. kholobowa(nthochi wapathyolo) says:

    AZIMAYI TAONJEZA .TIKAMAGONANA TIMAZIWA ZOTSATIRA ZAKE.MMENE AMUNAKO AMAKUKWERA SUMADZIWA KUTI UTENGA MIMBA NDIPO NGATI SUMALERA UMAGONELANJI NDAMUNA AKOWO.OFUNA MWANA AKATENGE IYEYO KUNDENDE COZ MWANAYO ADZAMUPHA

  37. CONGO MAFIA says:

    Anthu achulukana ku mwera paka ena akuthera mu chimbuzi zoona? Muwapitise ku mpoto kuti numbala ekwele mwina angawineko upresident.

  38. John Chilembwe says:

    Woba mwanapiye nde zaka sikisi,uyu forty hours doing community work. What a hocus pocus state judiciary.Zautsiru.

  39. nikisi says:

    This woman has a responsibility of looking after three children and the community service penalty should be supported since she will have adequate time to raise the kids. the prison is overcrowded and it is not a good place to raise kids..

    1. Pacharo says:

      Mmene amatenga mimbayo samadziwa kuti ali ndi udindo wolera ana ena? This is nonsense at its best. Anzawo akusowa ana iye nkumapanga za ufit ngati zimenezi. Magistrate knows something on this.

      1. kanchenga says:

        Magistrate is more human than you. He judges not the person but the demon in him who should be chained in failure. But off course being servants of the devil filled with bitterness and revenge most malawians can not understand this. We have in many cases judged wrong because we have used hate and not love to look at issues. It doesn’t take a minute to give birth to a child. There is labour pains to start with then the actual child birth. All this time where was this husband. Surely a responsible husband should be interested in his wife’s health during this time. If he was part of the rescue team, then he has a story to tell us how he could not have noticed that his sweetie is tired. The judge had all these facts. Do you? Even as a nation do we really have a moral justification to judge this lady and the Judge? Muthalika enjoyed the benefits from his brothers 92 billion robbery, mphwiyo and company are busy gambling with stolen money, cash gate which has killed more people than this lady doesn’t seem to progress positively and the one convicted may not go to jail because she will be state witness. Come on people where do you think Nyimba would gather the courage to punish this lady when he sees more cruel criminals living happily everywhere around him. Next time pick a stone to stone the other only when you know you are clean.

  40. john haward says:

    she need to be punished bcause she had inttetion to kill she have to be punshed other should learn from her

  41. Titi agheri says:

    Where r we malawians?

  42. SALOME says:

    umfiti upose apa, mulandeni mwanayo mupatse ena omwe akumusowa komanso chilango chachepa.

    1. mtoto wa mama says:

      Don’t judge. Many people are suffering because of problems in this world. Do you know what drove her to do this to her own child? Where is the spirit of compassionate and carrying each others burdens. She needs prayers than this business of cursing as if you are the holier than thou? May the Lord have pity on you and give you a compassionate spirit.

      1. SALOME says:

        you stupid creature! do not call GODS name in vain, unamutuma ndiwe the demoniac silly

  43. MWANONI says:

    at 22 years bearing three kids its to o much , she needs break/resting

    1. Yobe boo says:

      Kodi a Mwanoni inu mwayiwala kuti mitundu yinayitu monga alomwe, ayawo, makamaka akummwera amayamba kubereka ali ndizaka 9 kapena 10. Atsikana akumeneku nkhani ya amuna sinkhani ayi, ndipo sungamuderere kumuuza kuti ndiwe mwana. Thats why amaberekana kwambiri kuposaso mbewa zakapuku. 22yrs ana 3, its more reasonable and a failure to most of them, bwenzi alindi 5 kapena 6

  44. Nkhondomukaya says:

    Iweyo akanakutaya mu toilet bwenzi uliko? Stiff punishment is needed.

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