Malawi musician Alfazema arrested in Dubai for littering, pays fine

Malawi’s once-famous musician Joseph Alfazema has been released  by the police in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after paying a fine as he was arrested  for littering in the public.

Joseph Alfazema

Joseph Alfazema

Alfazema who quit his singing career, at least for now, for a job as an unskilled labourer Dubai  is among tens of thousands of Malawians under employment scheme launched by former president Joyce Banda to beat joblessness in Malawi suffering over 50% unemployment.

He has been in the United Arab Emirates since October last year.

According to published repors, Alfazema was travelling in a commuter from Al Aweer to Deira, before a policeman nabbed him  because he was seen chewing bubblegum and littering in the public as the bus was passing Sonapur.

Alfazema, famous for the hit Tilibe Chonena confirmed that he was handcuffed and charged before paying a fine of 200 UAE Dirham (K25 000).

“It is true that I was arrested. As you know, I am not familiar with the laws here as I have been here for three months now. I was arrested for chewing and littering in public. But I paid the fine after they detained me,” said Alfazema as quoted by The Nation  newspaper of Malawi on Monday.

“In Malawi, we are used to chewing in public with no consequence. This has made me to start consulting on the laws here so that I am fully acquainted with how it works,” he said.

Alfazema is working for a company involved in the production of concrete blocks and tiles as a plant operator and controls water levels in concrete making machines of the company.

His career has hit the skids due his lack of recording equipment and funds to produce DVDs for sale. He last recorded a video four years ago.

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89 thoughts on “Malawi musician Alfazema arrested in Dubai for littering, pays fine”

  1. Mnyamata waukhondo ameneyo ku dziko lakwawo kwaweni ndiye kuononga kkkkkkk koma ubwerako

  2. Western Wilson says:

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  3. pwiyopwiyo says:

    Next tym try to booze in public,the next flight to Africa will be available!!!kkk

  4. namarokoro says:

    kudzolowera kukodza paliponse

  5. dambudzo mwasanya says:

    Amangofuna kumususimitsa mnyamatayu.The Arabs are like that to foreigners.Akabwera kuno akakutha Tsabola you will see them spitting anyhow without seeing the authority doing anything.its time Malawi became tough ndi anthu obwera.They don’t have any respect for them when they live in their countries.

  6. Andy says:

    Common sense is not common!
    In terms of public hygiene, we do a lot of things in Malawi that are in no way OK and it’s plain stupid to think of even attempting the same else where. It does no good to our reputation as Malawians. And on a serious note, Malawi now has a lot of intelligent and competitive college graduates at different levels who are strugglling to secure employment. I think government should highly prioritize those individuals when seeking these employment deals with other countries. Exporting unskilled labor seems full of drama, counterproductive and quite unfair for the young professionals.

  7. Mapuyamurupare says:

    Mukamva Aluya ndiye Amenewo.
    Alibe mphwete ndi munthu obwera.
    Chikhalire amati iwo ndi anthu a mtendere. Pali chikondi pamenepa?
    Ngati Kutaya chingamu = K25,000.00
    Nanga Kutaya chikutilo chakondomu (Littering a Condom) = K 25,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.00 Plus Kudulidwa MBOLO.
    Kunya mmadzi posambira kapena pansi pa bridge = $25,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.00.
    Kulemphera kunenena kuti abale Manyi anatondipora. Amvekere iwe osamaga buleki bwanji.

  8. kwabaniso says:

    when you are in roma do as romanas do. Kuzowela kuti ine ndi mMalawi, ndimanyera paliponse….fools

    ndipo uchitsiru wa aMalawi amatsekerera zianthu zobwera nanji-nanji akakhala mzungu wamkazi ali amuchinda….fools

  9. kuzorowera kunyera paliponse basi

  10. vitolinyo says:

    kuzolowera zakulunzu eti.?

  11. Roblen Phiri says:

    Sorry ma true friend Joseph, hope u ve learnt a lesson.

  12. fathi slshehaab says:

    This Arab country has laws zat work & r monitired maka foreigners..kuno kwathu ayi mchina burundi negerian arientals mweny ksn do what zey like even offend nationsls uku amathetsa cxd work permit immediately.ndipo handshake ndi azimai ayi, ku Den dzandidzandi ayi kumapemphero usiku ayi….kuba ayi kunangodya snack ya shawarma basi mpaka midnite..coffie etc..kwenikweni nthawi ya Ramandan osatafune kathe drink tea or kusuta fodya ayi nthawi yaRamandan!! dziko lizilemejeza eni nthaka…onsewa sachita zimezi a mwenye mzungu nfirinka ayi kumvera basi.koma rate mwgwiritsa inuyo wrong 200Dirhams is less zan one usdollar ..so singakhale k25000…. koma kwabwino if u duscipline urself

  13. Omawe says:

    Cholinga anyozeke basi mnyamatayu.

  14. Godfre says:

    Kuzolowela utchisi basi, gulu lake ndilomweli limakodzela mitengo mmataunimu

  15. mkanda says:

    In Malawi there is no law that allows us to litter anyhow, but is the lack of foresight among our leaders to make sure that bins are available in most public places. This forces people to litter anyhow. However, this could not make one Alfazema that the laxity prevalent in Malawi is the same case elsewhere

  16. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    THIS ISSUE IS TO EDUCATE US MALAWIANS WHO DO THE SAME. PLEASE BCA WAKE UP AND ENFORCE THE LAWS.

  17. Stupid Police and indeed Malawi Laws Makers why arresting the man with only chewing and throw bubgum?what about all plastic papers(jumbos) we see all over the country,bcz there is no any section in the malawi constitution talking about that thus we see people buying:usipa,fish,mandasi,vitumbuwa,cooking oil etc using these papers litteling everywhere,why not arresting them?return the fine to the owner he is guilty acording to malawi law.

  18. Rody maxy says:

    Guys we alwayz learn thru mistakes,Halla Jose!!

  19. Amalawi kuzolowera kukodza mmbali mwa nsewu kkkkkk ,no wonder matenda satichoka uve 3 much

  20. Chibanja tv says:

    This is why that organisation beautify Malawi was born. Littering, urinating, spitting, smoking everywhere is prohibited in most developed countries. Koma kwathu kuno a Malawi ntchito kukozera mitengo m’taunimu, kukakhala kumina ndiye pepani kulavula makhololo paliponse poor Malawians. Lero mukuti Beautify Malawi alibe ntchito zoona?

  21. Malawianah says:

    Sory…chonena ife tilibe.

  22. jupiter says:

    za fwaaaaaaaaa….. tangotsekani ngati mulibe chonenaa……. moti inu tondovyiloooo kumalemba izi? tiziopa kutakasuka chifukwa tinatchukapo kapena ndife otchoka?

  23. innocent msiska says:

    Chewing gate kkkkkk.

  24. Remember when you’re in Rome do what Romans do (chakwanu leka)!

  25. Favour says:

    Yathu ija a Malawi,tiyeni tizikhala ndi kaso.Osamangotaya zinthu pali ponse.

  26. hussyn says:

    That’s Dubai for you buthi…!

  27. Rodriguas Latata says:

    Maphunziro ndiye tsogolo/ kunyozera tidzingolira.

  28. Happy Manda says:

    See Malawians really we are very very dirty and we will remain dirty as far as these CSOs are available. If they are attacking BEAM which is trying at its best to put Malawi Clean what else do we expect? I work with a hospital and I know dirty Malawi is. I have a record of a lady passing stoll in a sink, and littering is not news. I don’t reglet cholera will attack us soon? When we want to react to things think of tomorrow ok? Do not put politics at everything, I plea with you.

  29. fathi slshehaab says:

    durund ranadan u dibt eat eat smoks et c…at ntgs u dont shake hands or hung females not relared ti u..passport imakhala bdi bwana ku offuce.. and you sldep ingros is segrefatdd compounds ucant go to church u cabt drunk alcohol in public unless desigbated tourist intsrbational htls.kulube pa kamba stero ok bwandiro…
    kuba kulibenso…ndiya labour miinistry shud know these …i can do consultancy for employnent fir yiu mwachipi…isati kubelaba ayi… 200dihrans is less than k500 not k2500 …nwabana api.the rRe us 1usd eqyalas 365duhrams….

  30. Lawrence Manda says:

    Amalawi tazolowera kuma ngo taya zinyalala pal pose kuononga malo

  31. mwahenga says:

    Chonena ife tilibedi! Inu kuthawa njelwa kuno kukawumba zidina ku UAE???

  32. nophiya says:

    koma zachizungu.
    koma kuno kukodzela mmaluwa ndiye nambala 1.
    muphuzira msadati.

  33. josephy says:

    Chonena ife tilibe eeeeeeeee

  34. Francis Mwale says:

    Just chewing throw the remains anyhow! Ukhondo at its best. Chonena ife tilibe!

  35. njanji says:

    Why writting this ,kufuna kumunyozetsa bwanji? Za ziiii

    1. ujeni says:

      Za zii? People should learn from this. Cities and towns you see clean on TV from overseas dont just appear like that without discipline, and upholding the laws and regulation. Mwayesa ndi ku Lunzu kumeneko were human feaces are found everywhere you step on in public

  36. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    I HAVE GOOGLED -DUBAI MIGRANT SKILLED LABOUR,MOST PPLE REGRET BEING THERE.THEY R SUFFERIN .DUBIUS CONTRACTS AND SLAVE MASTER RELATIONSHIP.PASSPORTS R KEPT BY YO MASTER SO THAT U SHOULD NOT ESCAPE.YOU MAY FAIL TO BUY TICKET BACK HOME.ACCOMODATION =DILAPIDATED HOSTELS.MANY DEDUCTIONS ON YO PAYSLIP.CONCLUSION=NOT ALLDAT GLITTERS IS GOLD.LEARN TO GOOGLE.MALAWIANS BE WARE OF MORDEN DAY SLAVERY.BYE BYE-HAPPY LHM NEW YEAR

  37. Juno fine imeneyo ndiyolipira munthu ovulaza mzake.,,Juno kumumanga munthu ndi mlandu waung’ono ngati umenewu amati kumuphwanyira ufulu

  38. sapitwa says:

    Chewing gum shaa

  39. Taelos says:

    Tidazolowera zoipa

  40. william says:

    We learn through such mistakes

  41. So SAD nkhani ing’ono ng’onoyi abale osangomuchita WARN bwanji kapena kumuuza kuti atole zomwe watayazo?

  42. Namanyepwa says:

    Kuzolowera kukodzera mitengo

  43. Phwilephwile says:

    Enafe munatibela kutipangitsa chiphaso mwachangu ndikutiiwala. Nose akuluakulu mboma machende anu.

  44. Nyapamphi says:

    kuzolowera kutaya paliponse koma kukonzera mitengo

  45. moyenda maulidi says:

    zomenezi zikati zizichitika kumalawi kunoso ndibwezi malawi ali okongola

  46. Chathanga says:

    Pokwanitsa kulipila 200 UAE dirham(MK 25000) ndiye kuti zikuyendako.

  47. favour Brenda Zakalia says:

    hahahaha amalawi umve tidzasintha liti? mmmmm! eshi koma timangidwadi eeeee

  48. Ndawona says:

    Muwonetse zokodzera mumitengo kumeneko ndiyetu mu kasaver ukayidi bambo!!

  49. wawaruh says:

    chonena wawaru alibe as sang by the man himself

  50. Amunandife says:

    I wish I could meet my brother Alfazema so that I can advise him of what to do and not to do.One only advice to Alfazema, dont ever try to wink Arabic ladies particularly the locals then your are gone my brother!!!!!

  51. achanguti says:

    kuthamangitsa azungu mwachangu that’s results malamulo amapanga ndi azungu ife athu ndi Aja analephereka ophwisaphwisa amangidwe kuti nawo azunguwo kaya amwenyewo tiziwamanga kkkkkkkkkkkkk

  52. One says:

    Kodi achimwenewa alipo kodi. You see my son when he was about 2 or 3 years log used to like Chonena ife tiribe truck. One day we just hearing him crying Iyayi yemweyo of kudabwa the the other day the radio played the same truck we heard him singing along Iyayi. Yatha pa radio amvekere Iyayo emweyo ili radio you can’t repeat it. That’s how great your music was sinanga vita kuti simunachite nazo phindu but we lost the talent. Any way work hard there and make money for your own come back with new ideas. You can pick on all the pieces together and obtain your dreams.

  53. potofwiyo says:

    Malawians make bylaws in councils not to urinate and ndikutaya zinyalala palipose. Tikutsalira bwanji a Malawi? Time Iis now let us change

  54. Ko says:

    kuno boma litati liyambe zimezi muzitukwana kumati dictatorship keneko me demo. Malawi is cursed for real

  55. Nyapapi says:

    Yonse Bo! At least you manage to pay the fine on the spot. Makape one akukamba ndowe apa apsyeratu! Olo K1,500 fine yosamanga seatbelt sangalipire!

  56. cashy G says:

    Kodi kumeneko nkhani zatha mukuchita kumusaka munthu nkhani imeneyo ku Dubai ngati wapha munthu,nyasa reporters be serious plz!

  57. Amalawi utchisi, iiii kuzolowera kupangira chimbudzi pa tchire….and they dont behave themselves koma kulongolora akakwera ma texi”’ muchitumbuka komanso chiyawo”

  58. ishmael kalimah says:

    The world is changing only Malawi stil in old age ,,,malawians too mch untidy ..very shame

  59. Sizingatheke tonse kukhala ma skilled labourer poyankhula muzibweza moto bcoz kupata mkosiyana every one has his or her own problems

  60. Heee munanyamula umve wakuno mpaka kwa eni ake???Shame!!

  61. Munthuwazeru says:

    BaMavuto ku Malawi ndi yosayamba

  62. masa masina says:

    Good lesson. Learn to take your garbage home and avoid kukodza everywhere the way you do here in Malawi.

  63. Dyeratu says:

    Chonena ife tilibe…maphunziro ndilo tsogolo..sizingatheke wolima mseu kulandila kuposa bwana…. lero akuti in Dubai as unskilled labourer!!!?????

  64. AKIM says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkk umayesa ku Malawi wakhaula

  65. mbuya says:

    Shaaaaaa Kuzolowera kukodza pali ponse azibambo aku malawi…. paliponse kutulutsa …pyeeee pyeeeee pyeeee.

  66. like says:

    Wadyapo. Munyanya azibambo Apamalawi umve. Ndiyenso mukati muyambepo kutulutsa zokozera zanu paliponse

  67. alidele says:

    pepani koma we were really blessed with your songs

  68. Koma Kumeneko says:

    Kodi zinatheka anthu anapitadi?

  69. chiwaka says:

    Ndiye kuti kulibe ufulu kumeneko.Ife kuno Ku Lilongwe timawiwa pa mpanda WA police osamangidwa.Ufulu weniweni

  70. wachiyawo wangalusa says:

    Anazolowera kwawo kwa umve.

  71. Mbalambala says:

    Man U woyeee!!!!

  72. munyono says:

    Chakwanu leka kkkkkkkkkkkk

  73. brutsha says:

    That’s good riddance umve a Malawi too much. I wish if this story could carry headlines. Olo pa Botswana pomwepa osachita zaumve ndimaziona kunozi. Anthu kumangokodza paliponse, makoko anthochi, chimanga chophika, mango, nzimbe kungotaya pawindo pa bus. How I wish our cities should have bylaws that each and every public transport vehicle should have a dust bin. A country of baboons!

  74. kkkkkkkkkkkk says:

    chonena ndIlibe kuzolowera kukodza mmitengo

  75. Kasenye says:

    Kkkkk, Apa Pokha Amayi Anayesetsa Tisachite Nsanje. Musakambe Za A Pido, Akumagona Nthawi Zambiri. Akangowasokoneza Tulo Zinthu Zikavutaku Ma Department A Boma Akumangoti; “katsekeni”

  76. Guzani steve says:

    Next tym learn their laws

  77. jovial says:

    kodi iyeyu sipaja anayimba nyimbo yachemwali umve,wachitika bwanji nayeso

  78. Prophet says:

    -Chakwanu leka.
    -Yenda uwone agalu amichombo.
    -kudziwa sikuphunzira kokha koma kuyenda.
    -kwa weni kulibe mkuwe.
    *Mlandu wina ujau mumakonda ophatika makoma ndi mitengo uja akumanganaoninso musamale.

  79. Kodi anthu munapita eeee ife kumatinamiza zosatheka chamba eti

    1. Mirella K says:

      Ndipo abale inu…the so-called Human Rights bodies kumatikhomerera ife koma achina alfazema ndikumawalola kuvaya

  80. Dai Peng Hai says:

    I think you have taken a lesson to teach your fellow malawian.this is Dubai we dont like rubish just as you have been there at your latrine.

  81. gunners says:

    ok lesson learnt

  82. bola kumudzi says:

    wow pepani kunoso tiyambepo

  83. Achisale Kumangoni says:

    Joyce Banda woyee! The Lady knew where to press buttons osati Njonda yogona ili ndwiiii kwinaku ili mfwe mfweeee mfweeee

    1. munyono says:

      Uzingolimbikira ntchito zomwe zimakubweretsera zakudya pa khomo pako,ndale zizikupindulira.

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