Court fines two men over human trafficking

Two men in Mulanje district have been fined by the First Grade Magistrates Court after being found guilty on the charge of human trafficking.

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The court on Friday ordered the two, Frank Bluegum, 32, and 56-year-old Austine Gunde to pay a fine of K250, 000.00 each or in default serve an 18 months jail sentence.

Bluegum and Gunde were arrested on 26th February, 2016 at Muloza boarder while trafficking 18 people to South Africa where the victims were promised jobs.

First Grade Magistrate, Soka Banda found the two guilty and slapped them with a K250, 000 fine or in default serve an 18 months jail term on the charge of Human Trafficking contrary to Section 269 of the Penal Code.

They have since paid the fine.

Frank Bluegum hails from Loti village, T/A Changata in Thyolo district and Austine Gunde comes from Sitima village, T/A Nchiramwera also in Thyolo district.

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Ndende zinachepa abale! Boma liyenera kumanga ndende zina zatsopano. For example, ndende yayikulu yakuMzuzu yinamangidwa kuti yizisunga anthu pafupi 250 koma lero lino mukapezako anthu opitilira 500!! Go to all prisons across the country, you’ll be shocked.


Ndi abale ake a Pitala nchifukwa chake awalipilitsa 250gland.Alomwe mwanyanya kuba,kugwilira,kupha,ndi katangale.Mtundu onyasa umenewo


One lawyer enlightened me that normally a judgement is the magistrate’s or judge’s opinion. In his opinion he has punished these people. Hence ma sentence enawa timadabwa nawo. Otherwise human traffickers should NOT have the option of a fine but get a longer custodial sentence.



K250,000 may even be less that what they are getting for only one out of the 18 people they were trafficking.

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