Malawi Parliament urges Lilongwe to talk to Beijing over cocaine trafficker

Parliament’s International Relations Committee is urging the government to swiftly talk to Beijing over the arrested 29 year old Malawian lady who is facing death sentence in China because of drug trafficking.

Estina Mkasela found with cocaine

The committee’s chairman Alex Meja said the government should take this as a matter of urgency before the Chinese courts sentence her to death in October.

“She can be convicted but the government can always negotiate to the Chinese authorities for a pardon so that she is repatriated back home. As parliament, we will pursue the matter further,” he said.

Estina Mkasela is expected to appear in court on October 24 to answer drug trafficking charges after she was found with a two kilogram cocaine in China.

But Meja blamed the increasing number of Malawian women dealing in drug trafficking to the worsening economic situation in the country and lapses in security systems.

“Our borders are porous, our security systems in airports have lapses,” he said.

He said it was worrisome that some Malawian women are facing death sentences or prolonged jail terms in India, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Thailand.

The government said the Malawian women are usually enticed by some crooked drug dealers from west Africa who promise huge sums of money after the drug trafficking

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masa masina
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masa masina

Please young Malawians, learn from the mistakes of Estina. The consequences of getting involved in criminal activities like drug trafficking is that once you are caught, you will face punishment. So, sad but Let Estina face the music.

Zabura
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Zabura

PORUS BORDERS
True KIA and CHILEKA immigration ,police and NIB aiding these.Everybody in these sectors its either or two vehicles from Japan beforward really they are making fast money on these illegal trafficking.

Nzika ya Malawi
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Nzika ya Malawi

Mutharika ali komweko amuombole

Frank
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Frank

Zoonatu if he has done energy sector program with Chinese government let him resort again with Chinese authorities for a possible pardoning before its too late. I know these countries including Indonesia the don’t play around with issues of drugs tracking and its by chance if a tall you can reach a common agreement to let her repratiated back to malawi otherwise if anything that discussion should commerce now. A good example was what happened with drug dealers from Australia who were again arrested right way at the airport and were detained for 10 years and sentenced for death penalty… Read more »

seat
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seat

abwerako kumeneko atapisila ku machende pamene iyeyu ali ndi influence akhoza kukamba ndi president nzake kumeneko

manyozo
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manyozo

so you condole drug trafic! shame…let her face the music and it should be a warning to Malawian Ladies

Fr john
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Estina is in Hong Kong, not Chin

che nnungu
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Hong kong is in China. Wake up

John Wotherspoon
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Since 1997, Hong Kong belongs to China, just as before 1997 it belonged to the UK. But it has a separate legal system from China. ESTINA IS NOT IN CHINA. SHE IS IN HONG KONG. SHE IS NOT FACING THE DEATH PENALTY. THE BEIJING GOVERNMENT HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH HER CASE. THE CHINESE COURTS HAVE GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH HER CASE. SHE WILL BE TRIED IN HONG KONG COURTS. No one in HK says “I am from China”, Everyone says “I am from Hong Kong”. Just as before 1997 no one said “I am from the UK”.… Read more »

manyozo
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manyozo

Even if it meant to be a death penalty….it should be a warning to everyone …. let her face the music

ATATE
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ATATE

Hong Kong is in china abale, hahahahaaha. munakulira kwani?

Fr john
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Estina is not in China. She is Hong Kong which has its own government and does not have death penalty. See Aug 31 menu of my blog http://www.v2catholic.com. I am due to visit Estina September 4.

che nnungu
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Wake up. Hongkong is part of China

Moseliwa
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Moseliwa

Che nnungu..
Hong Kong is in China but has different laws..no death penalty for drug trafficking. Don’t be stupid, if you do not know anything. There is a fine of HK$5,000,000 and imprisonment for life..when one is convicted of drug trafficking.

John Wotherspoon
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When you enter Hong Kong, you go through HK immigration. When you leave HK to enter China, you go through both HK and China immigration. Two different places. “Fine of 5,000,000 and life imprisonment” is not practised. In my 33 years in HK I’ve never heard of an overseas drug mule being fined even one dollar. Nor have I heard of anyone getting life imprisonment for drug dealing. Max sentence is usually around 21 years … when people say “not guilty” and lose ….and therefore don’t get the 1/3 discount for guilty please which would reduce 21 to 14 …… Read more »

Kholowa
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Kholowa

The problem in our area is the luck of opportunities in this country that leaves pipo venerable. We can say choice yes but what do we expect when you are stranded and you have no where to go? Amene muli ndi mpata omaseta nkhalamba just thank God you had a chance, some of these pipo couldnt even find that one. They wish but nothing came apart from handling drugs. We have all made wrong choices,and had a chance to collect them,if our Gvmnt can negotiate her pardon please do so as we never know what this soul can bring back… Read more »

Francis
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Why cant they she sell Usipa or ndenje. In Malawi people wants to have good life without proper resources. Azova

Chihuahua
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Chihuahua

My advice to Malawian women dont be, taken by Nigerians, dont rush to get rich. Countries china are on war on drugs. There’s nothing the government can do at this point lets keep on praying for her.In china the fear LAWS NOT GOT. WE FEAR GOD NOT LAWS. We break them any how like cups Not china. Moyendamo countries like china Saud Pakistan Dubai iran and Thailand lets be careful Dont follow way of Nigerians,you can agree with Malawians all you who are abroad and home. Our country we dint know drugs even see them. But our brothers Nigerians brought… Read more »

Heavy-duty
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Heavy-duty

A Meja akuti she was trafficking drugs because of “worsening economic situation?” I think this guy is an idiot. Are there no drug traffickers in Europe, USA, Mexico and Brazil? Are these country poor? Why always look for scapegoat to blame government on our own mistakes. Was government there when she was cooking these criminal plans? With this type of stupid thinking, Mr Meja can also blame government when people commit robbery tu. No let’s simply sensitize our young ladies (and by extension young men) to desist from these criminal activities. Let’s attempt to secure her release than blame games.… Read more »

Samuel
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Samuel

Mzanu wapeleka maganizo ake. Inu perekani magaizo anu. osatukwana anzanu amene mwasemphana nao maganizo. Sibwino kutero Mulungu sakondwera nazo komanso democrancy imalimbikitsa kulolerana. Mfundo mwapelekazi nzabwino kwambiri keep it up. Mungokonza ponyozana pokhapo.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

What is more worrying is that you don’t even know that the scourge of drug abuse is pretty much associated with a deprivation, decline in social fabric including poverty. Even in western countries communities that are hard-hit and rampant with drug abuse are impoverished, high unemployment, etc. Of course it is not a cause per say, but closely linked.
Next time research before making foolish comments in public
SHAM!!!.

Peace
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Peace

Samuel you are wise. I believe its not good kunyoza when your opinion differs with some body’s opinion. Just the same with pointing fingers whether one is tumbuka,yao, chewa, or any tribe those things are bad lets be civilised.

Hora
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Hora

To say the drug trafficking is encouraged by foreigners is wrong,it might be initiated by them but encouraged by our law enforcement agencies,if they didn’t we would have by now have lots of foreigners in our jails serving time. Go check in our prisons how many of the traffickers arrested at our airports are serving or are remanded pending trial chances are none.

Malekula
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Malekula

Bravo our parliament. Let us protect each other in times like these. We know she was not right, but she is our own blood and no one is perfect. Government should also wake up and realise that Its major duty is to protect Its people within and outside. A caring government is seen during such circumstances.

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