A 30 years old man who attempted to traffic two young men to Tanzania will spend a staggering 8 years behind bars, following Chitipa Magistrate Court sentencing.
Alick Silumbu was contracted by a rich Tanzanian business man to look for two strong young men from Malawi to work in his estates.
Police Prosecutor, Sub Inspector Fancy Sichali told the court that the accused coaxed Vincent Sichinga, 25 and Fackson Mtambo, 24, that he had found them job in Tanzania, where they they were going to be paid 5,000 Tanzanian Shillings per moon, equivalent to 17,000 Malawi Kwacha.
Sichali said Silumbu was arrested on August 17, 2017, at Ilomba Border Post with neighbouring Tanzania, as he was taking the two young men across.
The two young men hanged Silumbu when they ignorantly revealed he had recruited them to work in Tanzania when immigration officials wanted to know their destination.
“The two young men were saved from being trafficked to Tanzania, following a vigorous search by alert immigration officials at Ilomba Border Post, who intercepted a bus in which the accused boarded them.
Silumbu pleaded guilty to the offence, which is contrary to Section14 of Trafficking in Persons Act (TIPA) which dangles a full penalty of 14 years jail term, with no option of fine.
Sichali said cases of human trafficking have become rampant in the border district and it is a big challenge to arrest the elusive culprits who have complicated networks..
The Prosecutor observed that people, especially young men and women, who are promised good things, suffer highest degree of oppression by their crooked masters, when they are trafficked to Tanzania..
“When Malawians are trafficked to Tanzania, on promise of good salary, delicious food and rosy life in general, end up being slaves and those who find their way back to Malawi, are so lucky, Most of them never come back” Charged Sichali, asking for harsh penalty on Silumbu, in the process.
First Grade Magistrate Julious Kalambo sided with prosecution that in most times, people who are trafficked to Tanzania and beyond, are not taken to destinations for intended purposes .
Kalambo also emphasized that the vice has become a big threat to the nation due to its complexity and craftiness employed by the culprits.
Said Kalambo, “It is the responsibility of the court to completely stamp out human trafficking crimes from the society by severely punishing those who commit such crimes.”
Being the first offender, Kalambo only sentenced him to 8 years imprisonment with hard labour, (IHL) with complete disregard to the accused’s plea for mercy in his mitigation..
The accused and the two victims hail from Zambwe Village, in the area of Chief Mwaulambia, in Chitipa District.
Human Trafficking is rampant in areas a long Songwe River, especially among boys and girls who are promised to work in shops, hotels and restaurants in Tanzania.
Some of human trafficking crimes have the blessings of parents who are cheated by middle men to the extent that their children will rake them resource to improve their household economy, just like is done with child marriage practices.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :