Ex-MP Maotcha walks out of prison a free man, acquitted after 3 years in jail

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Machinga Central member of Parliament (MP) Ellock Maotcha Banda who was serving a  six years imprisonment has been cleared  on a charge of abducting a 17-year-old girl and  walks of out of jail a free man.

Ellock Maotcha Banda: Acquitted

Maotcha was convicted after he took the girl who was learning at Chinamwali Private Secondary School in Zomba to Blantyre,  staying with her for days without the consent of her parents.

The magistrate used the Child Care and Protection Act when convicting him in September 2015 to six years imprisonment for child abduction and  has been at Zomba Prison for 40 months and 13 days.

Handing down the judgment on Tuesday at High Court in Zomba,  Judge Redson Kapindu ruled that Banda,  who is also former deputy minister of Trade and Industry,  did not abduct a child because the 2010 Child Care, Protection and Justice Act, in effect then, defined a child as one who was under 16.

Parliament in 2017 revised Section 23 of the Constitution to define a child as a person aged below 18.

Judge  Kapindu said the lower court erred in saying that the girl was a minor based on thinking that anyone below the age of 18 is a minor.

Kapindu said the law says a minor is anyone below the age of 15.

Maotcha filed his appeal in 2015 but it has been heard in 2019 where he has been released.

Nonetheless, the former legislator said he is  “grateful to God for everything.”

Maotcha, who comes from Balaka, was a deputy minister under the Bingu wa Mutharika administration.

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Mangochi kabwafu
Mangochi kabwafu
3 years ago

Grateful to God for what? Chitsilu.

Wiseman
Wiseman
3 years ago

So he was wrongly imprisoned. Koma ma judge enanso.

Mwale
Mwale
3 years ago

You’re grateful to God for being free now, but what if someone else took your daughter from school and abused her, would you also be grateful. Next time you do this, ………………..you will see what shaved the guinea foul.

Wiseman
Wiseman
3 years ago
Reply to  Mwale

Kkkkkkkk koma yaaah

Poverty die die
3 years ago

Wakhalabe ku ndende ndiwe nyapara basi. Uhule opanga ukakhala ndi khobiliwu. Zibwenzi msewu onse wa bakili muluzi highway? Kadyeni therere tsopano. Kungotha udindo inasala ndi njinga ya kapalasa. Nthawi yomweyo kuyambilaru yogulisa masakha.

Themba Mwambira
3 years ago

Ndiye Magistrate waku Lower court yo samadziwa kuti who is a minor???

Chatonda
Chatonda
3 years ago

Good lesson learned. Kaliati Mp for Machinga deserved similar punishment. Abuse of their positions and money will land similar prostitutes in prison.

jono
jono
3 years ago
Reply to  Chatonda

Tsopano ndiye mubvutikatu. I hope madam, if you had any, has moved on with her life without you.!

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