Mchinji Secondary School students damage property, charged by court

Mchinji Magistrate Court on Tuesday ordered 49 male students from Mchinji Secondary School to pay a fine of K45,000 each or in default serve a 42 month jail term for vandalising property at the school worth K3 million.

School damage

School damage

Police prosecutor Humphrey Makhalira told the court that the students all in Form three, burned the deputy head teacher’s office and broke windows of classrooms at the school in anger after the school management failed to provide them with eggs for lunch.

 “The students are provided eggs for lunch every Wednesday and on 14th July 2015 the students were told they will not have eggs for lunch because the supplier did not bring them and the school communicated to the students about the development,” explained Makhalira.

However, the development did not augur well with the students who organised themselves at a place called ‘Drain of Paris’ a place within their school premises where sinister activities are organised and agreed to contribute money to buy petrol to burn the school.

The form three male students boycotted the Wednesday nsima with beans lunch and went on to write their examinations in the afternoon but around 11pm on the same day they switched off the main electricity switch and burned the deputy head teachers office which had printed examination papers, a heavy duty photocopier, school jerseys and stationery.

The Head teacher of the school Harry Kamwaza reported the incident to the police the same night and the police in its investigations arrested 49 students who were charged with arson and malicious damage. They all pleaded guilty to the charges.

Mchinji First Grade Magistrate Rodney Meja Phiri ordered the 49 students to pay K15, 000 for arson and K35, 000 for malicious damage and 47 students have since paid the fine.

The Magistrate ordered that the K35, 000 be given to the school management to replace the damaged items and K15, 000 to the government.

Magistrate Phiri said the fine was given to the students to deter them from committing similar offences in future.

Last year students at Mchinji School also vandalised property at the school after disagreements with school authorities, during the incident I5 students were arrested.

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Akuluakulu Anawa sikuti ndi Openga,ma sukulu ena amaonjeza kumango nyemba kakakaka..muli inu mungave bwanji??mukuchita kudziwa kuti lero tipume Nyemba pokalandira kukaonaso kuti ndi zomwezo…kudya ndalama basi…

Petro Zadi

45pin alipire koma mukuti 35pin ku xool 15pin ku boma, totaling 2 50pin?


Ana odikira quota awa.They don’t hv any ambitions.They are waiting for their cheap govt to spoon feed them to the University.


Fines paid so fast? Kwacha yathadi!!

Zachisoni Phiri



I also did this @ robert laws in 2008 hence i cant blame them, sometymz in these xoolz they r very poor admn & 4 sure this wz not the first tym 4 something lyk this to hapen


But why Malawi? Timadzichedwetsa tokha ndi chitukuko. Anzathu zinthu za 1874 zilipobe koma ife hmmmm. I think this generation deserve perish basi. Talephera kukhala, kusamala chilengedwe talephera.


Ana osavinidwa awa. Kunvetsa chisoni. bwanji kuvuta dziko lanu with meagre resources. Expell them completely kuti azikagula petro ndikuyamba kuba. Senseless kids. These 45 to hell.

James Phiri

Koma abale chizungu chikumalembedwa pa ma comment-wa? Spellings, Grammar and Logic, all below 5%. Khomo la sukulu ngati linasowa chonde lembani mchichewa.


They have to be disciplined accordingly for their misconducts.

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