Court rubbishes Mangochi Pork seller K85,000 compensation demand

The port seller Paulo Msangwa that stirred controversy and riots in Mangochi last week has lost the court case.

The Mangochi First Grade Magistrate dismissed his demand for K85 000 compensation after irate Muslims confiscated the pork   was selling in the district and buried.

Magistrate Jack Njikho faulted both Msangwa and the people that confiscated the pork for burying it, arguing they took the law into their hands.

Court records show that Msangwa on October 24 this year slaughtered a pig and went to sell it at Maldeco Market in the district.

“The plaintiff was ordered to stop selling the meat by Bulugama Makunganya and his friends who told him that Muslims are not allowed to be exposed to pork as it was Haram to their religion. But Msangwa continued selling the pork and this annoyed the defendants who seized the meat and buried it,” records show.

The Magistrate ruled on Monday that Msangwa was wrong because he continued selling the pork after he was warned that it was forbidden to do so in the area.

Msangwa, 32, comes from Chipoka village in the area of chief Mponda in the district. Makunganya is from Mchesi in the same district.

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