Man gets 23-years jail term for theft

A 22-year-old man in Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka is to spend 23-years of his life behind bars after the Balaka Magistrate court convicted for house breaking and theft.

Balaka Police Station Prosecution Officer Inspector Isaac Mponela told the court that the suspect John Bunaya broke into the house of Mrs Gloria Mphwiyo on March 28 and stole a mountain bike and two bags of maize valued to K43, 000.

“The suspect also during day time broke into the house of Mrs Ruth Marley at Majiga location, and stole the radio, and assorted clothes,” says Mponela.

Mponela said the same suspect also on 13th April, 2015 during day time at Majiga location, broke into the house of Rachel Jiya and stole a laptop computer, mattress, cooking oil and sugar valued to K320, 000.

He went on to inform the court that Bunaya on May 10, 2015 also broke into the house of William Munthali of Balaka Admarc during day time and stole a digital camera, Nokia Asha cellphone and some groceries all to the total value of K72, 000.

“And on 13th May, 2015 Bunaya again during day time at Majiga location, broke into the house of Mr Daniel Pondani and stole a DVD player, 2 LG speakers, cooking oil and 2 cell phones all valued to K100, 000.00,” said Mponela.

Bunaya pleaded guilty to all the five counts of house breaking and theft.

In their submission State Prosecutors Inspector Isaac Mponela, Sub Inspector Getrude Chingolo Kafumbula and Sergeant Anthony Mtambo asked the court to consider giving the suspect stiffer sentences saying that the suspect is a threat to the society.

They said the suspect is a notorious criminal considering the series of breaking offences he has committed. They said house breaking and theft is a serious offence which is punishable with death or life imprisonment and therefore asked the court to give the suspect a custodial sentence considering that some of the goods which he stole have not been recovered.

In his mitigation, the suspect John Bunaya asked for leniency when passing sentence saying that he is still young, a bread winner for his family and that he looks after his aged parents.

Passing judgment on separate occasions Victor Sibu and Maxwell Boaz concurred with the state that John Bunaya is a threat to the society and deserves a stiffer sentence so that it should be a lesson to him and would-be offenders.

John Bunaya comes from Kandengwe village, Traditional Authority Msamala in the same district of Balaka.

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25 thoughts on “Man gets 23-years jail term for theft”

  1. baba says:

    I thought Magistrates are lower courts. How come magistrates give stiffer punishment than High Courts? Cashgate suspects when found guilty need to be given stiffer punishment because it involves public money and also considering that the stolen public funds could have helped people who are losing their lives in Hospitals due inadequate resources . Parliament should pass a bill that anyone found stealing public funds should be sentence to death. With this approach , Malawians will have fear . It should also apply to private sector. Mu Private sector ma Accountant ndi ti ma manager tikusaukitsa ma investors.

  2. sofitiskated says:

    Anthu akumwera adakalibe ndikuba kwa armed robbery zothyola nyumba zachikalekale.Intelligent people steal in a smart way.Achita bwino kumanga zaka 23.

  3. mulendo says:

    Mulungu atithandize, umbanda wachuluka eeiiish!

  4. Anthu a kummwera kuba mulibe anzanu.

  5. Thyolo Thava says:

    Koma eeeish amupweteka nayo….eish.

  6. Ife A DiPhiphi says:

    umatha judge!chala m’mwamba!

  7. Mnngulu says:

    chrungamu mu Malawi. A cashgate kuba MK63 million plus koma 3 years jail! Muthu uyu kuba 43, 000 jail 23 years. Judiciary mzikhala ndi mulingo wachilungamo.

  8. Allan says:

    i like this mulandu wothyola nyumba ndiwaukul kwambiri kuposa kuba ndalama za mu office

  9. Akillycandiero says:

    Next time anthu ngati awa ndi to kill to shoot koz macourt-wa dubious popereka zilango

  10. chefourpence says:

    i think Sharia would be appropriate for this fella. On the other hand, why 23 years when cashgaters get less than 10 years. I think we need different court systems, parliaments, one for the poor and the other for the rich. Oh I forgot, we need a police service for the poor too.

  11. Decent Citizen says:

    Zaka zimenezi mukanamupatsa Treza Namathanga,Lutepo and other cashgate thieves.People stole billions and u giving them 3 yrs is there any sense here?Tikumva kuti ena akulandira ma packed meal on daily service and prison warders have become very fat from these meals.You wonder are they really in prison or on some vacation?

  12. timmy says:

    complete insane, 23 yrs why? cashgate bastards only 5,9 yrs idiots

  13. makwinjaishmael says:

    This is a good panishment, I think this person who passed the sentence is not the man/woma to play with.S/he knows the Job,lets try to involve him in cashgate cases, s/he can give 75yrs to notorious thieves and 150yrs to cashgate bosses.

  14. jimbo says:

    The justice system in Malawi is a joke. If this man is given 23 years in prison, what can the cashgaters expect? Presumably they will go down for life. Oh, sorry, there is one rule for some and another rule for the big cheeses. They get a slap on the wrist – when they are brought to justice. Don’t expect the cashgaters to be up before a judge any time soon. Cashgate will drag on and on and on until people forget about it and then it will be kicked into the long grass and forgotten.

  15. FODYA says:

    Magistrate ameneyu akumane with makape onse a cashgate awanyetse agalu, anamachende, mfiti, mbuzi za anthu…… etc

  16. half trillion says:

    chanco judges. totally clueless

  17. nkhedu says:

    Malamulo apa Malawi kkkk. ofunika onse a cashgate avaye ku Balaka,Salima ndi ku Chitipa.MA GUYZ awa sawumira popeleka zaka.

  18. nkhedu says:

    Malamulo apa Malawi kkkk. ofunika onse a cashgate avaye ku balaka ndi ku chitipa.MA GUYZ awa sawumira popeleka zaka

  19. Pata phiri says:

    Jungle laws of the jungle malawians

  20. Takalala ChisaletTh says:

    Cash gate convicts are getting 3 years, 7 years…why is he getting 23? What kind of justice system is this?

  21. Mwene says:

    Things are not adding up here. We are happy with the sentence but why do the same courts differ in melting sentences. Remember someone stole 100million plus and was sentenced to nine years and this one less than 500thousand you say 23 years. Do you just dream or what? Balaka man deserves hanging because we cant afford to feed him for the next 23 years

  22. mwanamulanje says:

    abale kuba kumeneko? kleptomania tu imeneyo,,, ayi ndithu asungeni ku ndendeko basi

  23. K577b says:

    Koma ma cashgate convict nkuwapatsa zaka 5 zokha basi.
    Kodi anthu akamati malamulo amenewa ndi a anthu osauka amanama?

  24. Nyopex says:

    Zakazi ndizofunika anthu a cashgate and not mwana ngati uyu. Completely condemned, why?

  25. The real ujeni says:

    Yes, he is a criminal but not an armed robber who go to kill and steal in broad daylight. Armed robbers get less than 10 years jail sentences, a complete joke.

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