Malawi Prison warders arrested for selling Indian hemp to inmates

Police in Blantyre have arrested two Chichiri Prison warders, Wilfred Makuwila and Dickson Mtungama for selling Indian hemp (Chamba) to inmates.

Southern Region Police Publicist, Nicholas Gondwa told Nyasa Times, the two confessed to have committed the crime when interrogated, but could not divulge where they source the narcotic drug.

Gondwa said Makuwila 29, and Mtungama 32 were arrested on Friday (October 18th) after one of the inmates, Moses White was found in possession of about 1 kilogram of Indian hemp.

“On Friday October 18, 2013 Chichiri prison station officer senior superintendent E. Chisi caught convicted prisoner, Moses White with three packets of loose indian hemp weighing about 1kg, and the matter was reported to police.

Gondwa: Police keeping suspects in custody
Gondwa: Police keeping suspects in custody

“When interviewed, White said he got the hemp from Makuwila who later confessed to have gotten it from his boss, Mtungama,” explained Gondwa.

Gondwa added that the law-enforcers have found 86 brand new blankets in Mtungama’s house during a search.

Police investigations revealed that the blankets belonged to the prison department and were to be distributed to the prisoners.

“Chichiri Prison stores clerk has identified the blankets. And Mtungama confessed to have been buying them from the inmates; for what reasons, we don’t know yet”.

Mtungama is expected to answer two charges of theft by public servant and possession of Indian hemp. While Makuwila will be charged with theft by public servant.

The two are meanwhile in Soche Police custody waiting for court trial where it will be determined on whether to be granted bail or put on remand at Chichiri Prison.

Wilfred Makuwila hails from Zalengela village in Traditional Authority Ganya in Ntcheu while Dickson Machilika is from Machilika village, T/A Kumtumanje in Zomba.

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