Malawi court convicts two men over fake dollars

The Midima Second Grade Magistrate Court in Blantyre has convicted and fined two men for being found in possession of counterfeit foreign currency contrary to Section 366 of the Penal Code.

Counterfeit American Dollars

Counterfeit American Dollars

The court ordered Maurice Tuwanje and Christopher Banda-who were caught at different points in the commercial capital, Blantyre- to pay K50,000 fine each or serve 18 months jail term.

According to Limbe Police spokesperson, Pedzisai Zembeneko,  Tuwanje was apprehend at Western Union branch in Limbe with $10,000 while Banda was caught at one of the supermarket and had $900.

They all pleaded guilty to the charges before Second Grade Magistrate Watisoni Mankhanamba slapping them with a K50,000 fine or 18 month jail term in default.

Banda, 29, hails from Amos village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mchiramwera in Thyolo district while 45 year-old Tuwanje comes from Khwizi village, T/A Ndindi in central district of Salima.

In another development, Bangwe Police arrested 28 year-old Alex Matukuta for being found in possession of a pistol and other illegal items.

He was arrested last Friday following a tip off from other suspects who were nabbed some weeks ago.

According to Zembeneko, Matukuta was found with 11 rounds of ammunition for an AK47 and two for a pistol, two tear canisters, one start pistol loaded with five rounds of ammunition and two camouflage shirts.

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I really wish we could revise the fines. The amounts are too little and people are likely to commit the crime again and again after all we don’t have convict records that can affect a person’s employability etc so they don’t really lose out for such crimes of they don’t go to prison.

jaja taca

asieni akagule zofuna zao

jaja taca

asiyeni akagule zofuna zao


Guys, nkhani apa ndi ya pistol and the rounds for AK 47 that you have chosen to come like an addendum. Mfiti za mfutizi zikuopsatu


Where did this man get the gun, several rounds of amunitions and military uniform? Dziko lilimmanja mwa a galu. Where does the magistrate get this small judgement of K 50,000 for the fake currency? Malawi is gone completely.


Where did I get fake dollar’s guys,mumapanga nokha?


These are people bent on destroying the economy. They should be given custodial sentences to deter other criminals from milling fake US Dollars. Can you imagine the impact of having say just US$1 million of fake notes circulating in the Malawian economy? Come to think of people trying to offload MK600 million worth of fake notes on the economy. Government needs to be serious and deal with this counterfeiting it is very dangerous to the economy as a whole.


The court has been very lenient with these two thugs.


10000usd and you r fined 50000 kwacha what’s wrong with our laws?


Not surprised ! everyone is doing it , when corruption is like drinking water ….kkkkkkk

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