Court jails couple for selling boy to businessman

A couple that stunned residents of Zomba city for selling a seven year old relation to a businessperson in the city has been convicted of human trafficking and subsequently sentenced to prison by the Chief Resident Magistrate Court.

The court heard that Jonathan Mkoma and his wife Veronica Malikebu sold the boy whom they had picked from the wife’s home in 2013 to businessman Joseph Samuel Kapinga at a K350,000  and received the money in two instalments.

They were arrested after an uncle to the boy reported the matter to police in Zomba upon getting unconvinced when the family explained to him that the boy had died of malaria.

The courtroom was engulfed with total silence and an air of anxiety when Senior Resident Magistrate Tamanda Nyimba read out the judgment on behalf of acting Chief Resident Magistrate Jean Kaira before which the case came.

The offence of human trafficking contravenes Sections 82 (a) and 83 of the Penal Code and attracts a maximum penalty of ten years IHL.

The Magistrate however gave Mkona five years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) but four years and two months IHL to his wife.

The Magistrate said that the court had reduced the punishment because other than being first offenders, the two did not waste time of the court as they admitted to the charge, confessed and apologised.

The case attracted a large following that included business tycoons, civil society leaders and students from around the city.

Before passing judgement, the husband told the court in mitigation that he had acted out the stings of poverty while his wife said it was out of illness, and also sought the court’s lenience as first offenders.

The convicts come from Sadyalunda village in traditional authority Sawadi in Balaka district.

The case against of the businessman is still on.

The child is fit and well.

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chitsiru
Guest

kapinga anazolowera kusowetsa anthu.wakhala akupha anthu pa mponda river

Curious 35?????
Guest

Mijomba kukonda chuma chokhwimira kwabasi.It is always balaka and Machinga making headlines on such issues.

bongoman
Guest

Kapinga anaba ng’ombe nkusanduka ng’ombe

special advisor
Guest

Clarify for me 1) is the boy still alive and rescued, where is he? concerned about his welfare. 2) did the buyer go Scot free? Why? Tell us more. 3) was the boy sold into slavery or for money-churning rituals?

Jamson Msundwe
Guest

Zakazo Awachepetsela Zinafunika Zopitilila Pamenepo.

Changa Mutuwa.
Guest

Waiting for Kaliati to say something. This is total satanism. Five years in jail is promoting bad things in Mw. NGO and child protection workers intervene.

Kabwanda
Guest

U r all rats

Kabwanda
Guest

Stupid judge and his fellows

Shad Matemba
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A Peter Uyu Asatuluke Ndipo Mupase Zaka 20

manyisabedwa
Guest

Kapinga ndi tchito yake imeneyo anthu amamudziwa bwino ameneyo ndichigawenga amasowesa anthu ameneyo plz plz a court pamenepa chinyengo ai

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