Malawi court fines woman K60, 000 for possessing cannabis 

The Balaka Second Grade Magistrate court has ordered a 30-year old woman to pay a fine of K60,000 or serve a 2-months custodial sentence in default or  for being found with Canabis Sativa which is commonly known as Indian hemp.

Hemp the woman hid in the baskets

Hemp the woman hid in the baskets

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Getrude Chingolo Kafumbula told the court that the suspect Veronica Mwala was on 1st December last year at Chingeni road block found with two baskets containing Indian hemp weighing 62.5 kilograms which is contrary to regulation 19(1) as read with 4(a) of Dangerous Drug Act.

“The suspect was traveling in a motor vehicle registration number BP 1870 from Nkhotakota heading Blantyre, and upon being searched at Chingeni road block, it was discovered that the baskets that had dried fish on top contained Indian hemp,” Kafumbula told the court.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the offence and upon submission of the facts by the state, the court found her with the case to answer and consequently convicted her.

In her submission before sentence Kafumbula asked the court to consider giving the suspect a stiffer sentence saying that people like Veronica are the ones who are contributing to the bad behavior of the youths.

“Giving such people a stiffer sentence can be one way of protecting our children” Kafumbula said.

In her mitigation, the suspect Veronica Mwala asked for forgiveness saying she was doing this because of poverty and that she has five children to look after. She said the father of the children divorced her and she is the only parent who looks after them.

Passing judgment, Second Grade Magistrate Victor Sibu conquered with the state that people like Veronica are contributing to the bad behavior of the youths.

He said a lot of children are behaving strangely these days because of dangerous drugs like Indian hemp.

The Magistrate  therefore said the suspect deserved a stiffer sentence and then ordered her to pay a fine of K60, 000.00 and in default serve a 2 months custodial sentence.

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Citizen banda

Imeneyo sinkhani mbeu munalenga ndinu? Tsabola,jinger, chingabwe ndi mbeu zina bwanji simuletsa? Mphavu yoletsa ndiwo za masamba mwaitenga kuti Okhomelera inu?


Dzadzanali a Army mwawacharger 40 000. Lero nzimayi wovutika,woti samalandira salary mukuti 60 000+2 months. Is that fair?

anthony kawinga

soar deal

The sentence is very lenient contrary to the state request. It fairly reflects the fact that, canabis is not a rare commodity in Malawi. That weight of weed cannot have a market value of K60,000. There is need to re-think the chamba issue because, as of now, it is a few advantaged folks that economically benefits from it. The law unfairly grants benefits to defaulters – who happen to be the leadership and enforcers. Someone tell me where all this impounded canabis goes. Don’t just tell us of who is caught with it, tell us where it ends. Consider just… Read more »
Prince Aliwid Bin Tahlahla Bin Abhula Ziz
Prince Aliwid Bin Tahlahla Bin Abhula Ziz

ka mgodi ka golide kapita…only Jah jah knows,fire upon o de babylon police…we will conquer one day..selah


Eeeeyi koma comment iyi.kkkkkkkkk mumakadya ka chamba nanunso [email protected] Prince kkkkkkk.


Asiyeni amayi, chamba timadengu tiwiri tokha mpaka kundende? Nanga uja ananamiza Chindindi uja sanapangitse anthu behave strangely?

George Zibophe

Mudzalangidwa zedi kodi mene mumabera muja okugwirani ndikukumangani azakhala yani? God will soon judge.


We are heading towards legalisation.

Dobadoba wankulu

If I was in Balaka I would have paid the 60 thousand for this woman. She was only trying to overcome economic barriers she has.


Ayi abale mai uyu amaitha heavy from kk?? Hahaha

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