Court convicts parents for obscene graffiti against teachers

The Balaka Second Grade Magistrate Court in eastern Malawi has ordered two people to pay fine of K11, 500 each for writing obscene words in class rooms.graffiti

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Anthony Mtambo told the court that the suspects Monica Tanthe 24 and Moses Chikalogwe 19 have for the past months at Sawali Primary School been writing obscene words in class rooms.

“The suspects were targeting teachers and they were even posting some obscene letters on the trees around the school. They been doing this for a long time and at a certain time they appeared before the school committee but never changed until last week when they were arrested upon a fresh complaint,” said Mtambo.

The suspects pleaded guilty to the charge of conduct likely to cause a breach of peace which is contrary to section 181 of the penal code which led to their conviction.

In his submission before sentence, sergeant Mtambo asked the court to consider giving the suspects a stiffer sentence considering that their conduct affected the teachers and the pupils at the school.

“If the suspects had grudges with the teachers, they could have lodged a complaint with school committee or even with district education manager’s office”.

He therefore asked the court to consider giving them a stiffer sentence so that it should be a lesson to them and would be offenders.

In their mitigation, Monica Tanthe asked the court for forgiveness saying that she has three kids to look after while Moses pleaded for leniency for he is a first offender and looks after his aged grandparents.

Passing judgment, Second Grade Magistrate Victor Sibu said teachers deserve respect and wondered as to how the pupils would respect their teachers if parents are in the forefront insulting them.

He therefore ordered them to pay a fine of K11, 500.00 each or default serves 3 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Magistrate Sibu said he has given them such a sentence so that it should be a lesson to them and would be offenders. The two have since paid the fines.

Both suspects Monica Tanthe and Moses Chikalogwe come from Sawali village, Traditional Authority Sawali in the same district of Balaka.

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26 thoughts on “Court convicts parents for obscene graffiti against teachers”

  1. Mlowoka mlowoka says:

    police in small issues are very active but in big issues are not, why?

  2. Namisako. says:

    makolo ena kuzolowera kulowelera pazochitika mma sukulumu.Ena amatumiza nyau kukasokoneza… maphunziro ana.Zinachitikapo pa sukulu ya Chikudzulire,T.A.Kalolo,Lilongwe,mmbuyomu

  3. male pipo says:

    Anthu enanu ndinu mbalame, don’t u see the difference btwn the2. It’s either mulibe nzeru or u r graffiti yourselves

  4. ruth warren says:

    inu a police those are not issues tamakalimbanani ndi mbava uko iya zauchitsiru

  5. ankhoma says:


  6. chiipiraachaje says:

    Hey Magistrate, i think you can also fine the guy at Kamuzu Palace for graffitting at Lumbadzi Police cell. Umenewudi ndi mlandu woopsya. Chilungamo chichitike basi we are waiting. Mtundu wotembereredwa uwu!!!!

  7. Aferazao says:

    If the whole president and his team went to a prison cell to write graffiti like excited children what else could be expected from a villager? To them writing graffiti on walls is exciting and very presidential.

    Arrest and charge the president and his team as well.

  8. wamwaka says:

    Kodi anth awiri’wa anapita kusukulu? What are their academic qualifications?

  9. Callistara wa Chimombo Mathanyula says:

    Muntharika students

  10. viyazi tembo says:


  11. Kwatha says:


  12. Phwado says:

    Then convict the first citizen as well!

  13. The Painter says:

    Kodi mulandu wa galafiti ntengo fine yake ndi K11,500. If so then why didn’t we collect money form the Lumbadzi Police Grafittees. We could have collected over K50,000, enough to pay my Salary

  14. Nkhedu says:

    Kkkkk Wasted generation

  15. ndadabwa says:

    iwowo ndiye alakwitsa bwanji Peter mutharika nalimba ku prison. bwanji simunamulipitse . zopusa!!! iya!!

  16. apulezidenti bwanji sanamangidwe?

  17. Chilango nchochepa kwambiri! Nchifukwa chake aphunzitsi sakulemekezedwa.3months basi?

  18. Bandawe says:

    Graffiti started with Mathanyula. He was never fined. Selective justice!,,,

  19. decent citizen says:

    Make them to buy paint and a paint the whole classroom to remove the obscene words.The remaining space in prisons is for the cashgate people.Anthu a cashgate ndi amene takwiya nawo.This is very trivial issue to bang them.

  20. Helo says:


  21. nobel says:

    What a big offense! The law must not looks at ones position ; he write in a classroom and prison cell must face the law

    1. Charlie Hebdo says:

      Exactly pal. My question to the Inspector General of Police is, “who is easier to arrest, someone writing graffiti in a classroom or one doing the same in a police cell?

  22. Mr Dambwe says:

    Dziko ili shaaaaa! Angobwera Azaweruze basi. Aliyense Mwa Ntchito Zake.

  23. makito says:


  24. Mbanangwa says:

    Copying from the first citizen. Release them following the no charge you gave to Mutharika otherwise this is selective justice

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