A Peoples Party (PP) supporter Dyton Kadzakumanja who was arrested the police suspected to have fought and robbed cash handouts by President Joyce Banda leading to one of them sustaining injuries has been sentenced to a five year jail term.
Kadzakumanja, 29 was accused of beating fellow PP supporters and evacuate with cash amounting to K48, 500.00. The injured man was identified by Police as 32-year-old Ralphael Alfoso from Sinjani village, Traditional Authority Kalonga who had a swollen eye and a bruised shoulder.
The money which was K50, 000.00 in total was handed over by President Joyce Banda at Kamphatenga Trading Centre during one of her recent trips.
The president advised the supporters to share the money but after she left, the supporters ended up fighting for the money.
During a court appearance at Salima Magistrate Court, Police Prosecutor Milton Kellius testified that Kadzakumanja beat fellow supporters as he was not satisfied with how the sharing was undertaken.
He further told the court that he proceeded to walk away with K48, 500.00.
While passing the judgment, First Grade Magistrate Alex Kamtiki said he handed Kadzakumanja such a stiff sentence to deter some would be offenders and encourage co-existence as Malawi is set to hold a tripartite election next year.
After the incident, Salima Police Public Relations Officer Gift Chitowe told Nyasa Times that the PP supporters exchanged blows in a scuffle that arose after some of them refused to share the cash. Police then launched a man-hunt to arrest one of the main culprits in the fight who was suspected to be the one who injured his colleague and bolted with part of the cash.
Kadzakumanja hails from Mangwe Village, Traditional Authority Kalonga, Salima.