Prison warder jailed for smuggling SIM cards to inmates

Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court has convicted and sentenced a prison warder, a 35-year-old man, Steven Ching’anda  to  two years imprisonment With Hard Labour (IHL) for  smuggling  mobile phone SIM cards behind bars.

Zomba Maximum Security Prison

He was charged for the introduction of prohibited articles into the prison that’s contrary to Section 81 (a) of Prison Act, and abuse of office contrary to Section 95 (2) of the Penal Code.

Eastern Region police prosecutor, Sub Inspector Asma Katete told the court that Airtel Malawi was going through its records to trace numbers which were involved in the fraudulent Airtel Money transactions.

Following the exercise, the company discovered  that there was one identity card which was used to register 60 SIM cards which were showing that they were being used inside Zomba Maximum Prison.

Katete further told the  court that after thorough  investigations, police found that Mphatso Milonde was the one sending the SIM cards to her husband Patrick Banda (prisoner) through the Prison warder, Ching’anda.

Ching’anda was then arrested and charged with two counts.

When he appeared before court, he pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him, prompting the state to parade Banda (the prisoner) and his wife, Mphatso as some of the state witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubts.

In his submission, Katete asked the court to have no mercy on him for he deliberately breached the trust of his employer and that those SIM cards he took into prison have done great damage to the community through defrauding people’s money through dubious means.

In mitigation, Ching’anda pleaded with the court for consideration, saying he is a first offender.

Passing judgement, presidin Magistrate Mzondi Mvula concurred with the state and sentenced Ching’anda to 3 months imprisonment with hard labour on first count of introduction of prohibited articles into the prison and 2 years for the second count of abuse of office.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Ching’anda hails from Mchezi Village, Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi district.

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Kwitanda
Kwitanda
3 months ago

And what has happened to mphatso and her husband. And was there no case of thefty. What has happened to those people who have been defrauded.

Diso la Dzika
Diso la Dzika
3 months ago

Malawi sazatheka ndithu

Malawi Wa Tonse
Malawi Wa Tonse
3 months ago

This serves him right, my family is one of the victims to these fraudulent Zomba prison transactions.

masoambeta
masoambeta
3 months ago

Milandu yeni yeni is cement, kuba ndalama za boma, kupha anthu, etc ikundokhala osazengedwa. Real thugs are running free whilst petty criminals are being locked up. Malawi sadzasintha.

Christian longwe
Christian longwe
3 months ago

What goes around really comes around at some point in time. Kavaleni foya

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