Court slaps Admarc clerk wth six-year jail term: Sentence suspended  

Mchinji Magistrates Court has slapped convicted Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) sales clerk with six-year jail term, but suspended the verdict.

The court on 28th June, 2017 convicted 60-year-old Isaac Balamanja, sales clerk at Kafulama Admarc depot in the district, on six counts for demanding extra money from beneficiaries of Farm Inputs Subsidy Programme (FISP).

Balamanja was arrested by the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) following complaints that he was pocketing K1,500 from each bag of subsidized fertilizer that he was selling to each FISP beneficiary.

He was caught by the community members while selling subsidized fertilizer at night. Nine bags of fertilizer were seized and exhibited in court.

ACB managed to secure seven people who were found with the fertilizer that night as witnesses.

Balamanja was charge with six counts of corrupt practices and abuse of public office contrary to Section 24(1) and 25B (1) of Corrupt Practices Act.

On Monday the court sentenced the convict to one year jail term on each count, but suspended the sentence to three years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within that period.

The court suspended the sentence after considering the convict’s age.

Balamanja joined Admarc in 2012 sales clerk for Kafulama depot.

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4 years ago

Suspended sentence, really? Corruption will never end in my motherland

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I love Malawi
4 years ago

Kodi paja ya bwana mulumbe inatha?remind me please,bcoz every time I read about ADMARC his picture just clicks in my head

4 years ago

So the man was recruited as a Clerk when he was 55 years old. Does ADMARC have a recruitment policy? What does it say or was it just failure to implement and monitor the policy. Was the money he collected repaid to the poor victims? Our prison system admits prisoners of 60 years and above why was he spared? I would suppose he had robbed people hundred of thousands of kwachas. I feel justice was miscarried here, he deserved some custodial sentence. We have heard of custodial sentences for crimes of stealing a few cobs of green maize, fresh cassava… Read more »

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