The Blantyre Magistrate Court has convicted and jailed seven years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) 35-year-old Moses Kasinja and Ladson Maluwa aged 36 for stealing government property worth K17 million.
The two were convicted on the charge of Breaking into a Building and Commit Felony Therein contrary to Section 311 (1) of the Penal Code.
According to facts presented in court, Kasinja and Maluwa, together with their accomplice already convicted and jailed 36 months, between March and July this year broke into Malawi College of Distance Education (MCDE) and stole six CPU’s, 16 flat screen monitors, seven keyboards, nine mouse and 18 power cables, all items valued at K17,092,000.00.
Out of the stolen items, only three computer sets and four monitors were recovered by the law-enforcers.
Police Prosecutor, Superintendent Damiano Phillip Kaputa urged the court to give stiffer punishment as some of the stolen items were not recovered, meaning the convicts benefitted.
And during mitigation, the convicts pointed out that they have families that depend on them; but the court overruled the plea.
Kasinja and Maluwa hail from Jamali village, T/A Lundu in Blantyre district.
In related development, police in Blantyre have arrested 83 people during a sweeping exercise done in the townships of Ndirande, Chilomoni, Chirimba, Machinjiri, Manase and other per-urban area within Blantyre. The suspects were taken to court on Thursday on the charges of Rogue and Vagabond.