Fake dollar, Malawi kwacha seizure brings convictions

The Kasungu senior resident magistrate court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced David Shumba to 14 years imprisonment and seven others to 4 years imprisonment over counterfeit currency.

Officer holds a bunch of counterfeit currency

The investigation conducted by Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) and police found the eight convicts with counterfeit K2 000 notes mounting to fake value of K392 000 and counterfeit 99,400 US dollars

The other seven convicts are identified as Filodi Goodson, Ibrahim Makina, Martha Makonde Nyirenda, Lameck Banda, Gerlad Banda, Alick Tchuma and Laston Msiska.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent Peter Njiragoma and two lawyers from the Reserve Bank of Malawi Zumbe Kumwenda and Peter Masiye.

Njiragoma told the court that the eight were arrested after a joint operation by Reserve Bank of Malawi investigators and police busted a syndicate which revealed that David Shumba was manufacturing counterfeit currencies after which he was using the other seven convicts as agents to be distributing the counterfeit notes.

In court, the eight pleaded not guilty to the charges of illegal possession forged banknotes contrary to section 366 of the penal code and having in possession of instruments for forgery contrary to section 374 (b) of the penal code.

The State paraded four witnesses and after looking at the overwhelming evidence presented in court by the state witnesses, the eight pleaded guilty and were convicted as charged.

In mitigation, the eight convicts pleaded with the court to exercise lenience on them saying they have families to take care of.

But the prosecution team objected to the mitigating factors given by the convicts saying their conduct had affected the economy of the country as some of the counterfeit currencies were already in circulation the time the syndicate was busted.

Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Biar Kamanga cautioned the conduct by the eight convicts saying if left scot free such offences can greatly have a negative impact on the economy of the country.

Kamanga then sentenced David Shumba to 14 years imprisonment as he was the one behind the manufacturing of the counterfeit banknotes while the other seven were slapped with four years jail terms.

Commenting on the sentence, Senior Investigations Officer at Reserve Bank of Malawi Emmanuel Malasa hailed the court for mating sentences befitting the convicts and registered his optimistic that the convictions will send a loud warning to other would be offenders.

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Kudu hunter
Kudu hunter
5 months ago

Wonder how many years will the cash gate , cement gate , tractor gate and all other corrupt gates thieves will get, guess fuck all walking free

NABETHA
NABETHA
5 months ago

THATS WHAT I CALL THE SPIRIT OF TIPPEX KIKIKIKIKIKI!

mtete
mtete
5 months ago

Please do to the 2000 note what you have just done with the K1000 note. If anything, re design the note, recall it from circulation within in six months in exchange for the new one.
I tell you there is a lot of plundered/laundered money out there and you will see massive improvements in Banks liquidity. I am sure a number of building developments are being financed by cash through such money.

Kudu hunter
Kudu hunter
5 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Good suggestion just like what India did but most of Malawian plundered money is sitting in the UK or RSA and these people are living it large there

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
5 months ago

These people indeed committed a serious crime & have to face the consequences BUT having said that, sentencing in Malawi sometimes I dont understand what criteria they use cos you find sometimes that what is deemed to be a very serious crime carries a lighter sentence & yet another crime that doesn’t look much serious in the eye of the public yet carries a stiff punishment. This has to be looked into with sober mind. Our judicial system needs a proper overhaul. Some of the things that we inherited from the colonial masters have gone past their sell by date.… Read more »

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
5 months ago

Koma kumeneko abale.Kufuna kulemera mwachangu tsono apa pathina mpaka ku Machayaiiiii.Kuno siku Nigeria ndi ku Nyasaland komwe anyata opolice amanjata osamachita masewera pa town.Tikufunirani zabwino zonse pamene mukasewenze ganyu opanda malipilo.

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