Two Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers who were arrested on December 20, 2014 after illegally found in possession of Marijuana or Indian Hemp have been fined K40,000 each by First Grade Magistrate court in the central region district of Nkhotakota.
The court heard through state prosecutor sergeant Ngupasye Muyira that on December 20 last year Grey Chimbulumata 26 from Parachute battalion and Mike Jusab 25 from Mafco in Salima got arrested at Kaombe police check-point after being found in possession of Cannabis without license.
The two soldiers who all pleaded guilty to the charge, in mitigation all asked for a non-custodial sentence as they are breadwinners to their families and they are responsible for paying school fees to the orphans they are looking after.
Magistrate Fred Juma Chilowetsa in his sentencing, said the offence of found in possession of Cannabis Sativa is serious in nature hence it attracts stiff penalty to the law violators.
He further went on to say, offences related to Indian Hemp are very common in Nkhotakota, therefore it is the duty of the courts to make sure that all offenders are punished accordingly to pose a lesson to would be offenders.
Magistrate Chilowetsa therefore, sentenced the two to pay a fine of K40, 000 each or in default serve two years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL). They have since paid the fine.
Grey Chimbulumata 26 hails Mponela village, traditional authority (T/A) Kamwana in Dowa district while Mike Jusab 25 is from Jemusani village, traditional authority (T/A) Kapeni in Blantyre.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :