Prisoner sues warder over wife snatching

Chancy Gondwe, an inmate at Nkhotakota Prison, has taken Cosmas Meja to court for allegedly taking advantage of his position as a prison warder to snatch his (Gondwe’s) wife, Esther.

Inmate Chancy Gondwe levelling his allegations

Inmate Chancy Gondwe levelling his allegations

Explaining the issue during this year’s Human Rights Day Commemoration on Tuesday, Gondwe expressed surprise that the Judiciary was not taking up his case.

He said he sent a letter to Nkhotakota first grade magistrate’s court some weeks ago and he was patiently waiting for feedback.

Gondwe said he has evidence that Meja has been communicating with his wife while he was serving his seven-year- jail term after being found guilty of theft by servant count.

The prisoner claimed Meja bought his wife a new phone, a lamp and has rented her a house in Nkhotakota. He also says Meja told his wife to abandon him, saying he was a criminal who could not assist her.

Nkhotakota First Grade Magistrate Juma Chilowetsa acknowledged receipt of the complaint through a letter which he said was brought to his office by a bicycle taxi operator and promised to take up the matter.-

While admitting that he was aware of the development, Nkhotakota Prison officer-in-charge McDonald Sitima, however, wondered how Gondwe managed to send his complaint to the judiciary through a letter without the knowledge of prison authorities.

Meja was welfare officer for the prisoners hence he was the right person to communicate with relations to the prisoners.

Sitima said the issue started when Esther arrived late in Nkhotakota to see Gondwe.

“She complained she had nowhere to sleep and our officer fetched a place from a neighbour where she spent her night. The following morning, she visited her husband and left for Mzuzu where she stays,” said Sitima.

He echoed that after investigations, prison officials realized that misunderstanding between Gondwe and Meja ascended because the prisoner lied to his wife that he was serving 16 months jail term while he was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment with hard labour.

“Our officer claims he told Esther about 7 years not to damage the reputation of the prisoner but that he was not aware Gondwe did not want his wife to know he would spend more years in jail,” said the OC while saying they had so far relieved Meja of his welfare duties.

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Prisoners shud hav achance to meet their spouses becoz there is life & hope after serving ajail

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Isn’t there a provision that either party may seek divorce in the absence of cohabitation is it 7years? I think the courts should be given a further mandate to a case where the jail term exceeds the provision on cohabitation. Pepani.

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musamuweze kachikena! Muzaimvera mukazachindilidwa mkazi yemwe mumamukonda


Sure ,,when a woman is not supported financially,,morally basi kuyalula mikeka basi aaaa kukaona komwa ungathe kukaona zina.This is a lesson which also goes to men who are outside prison.mubetsa mukamachita masewera.


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Mkayidi analira!

mamuna kulira nsanje he he he

Mkaziyu 7yrs azimuthandiza ndani? Bambo tu mungoona kulira ndi nsanje nzanuyu mkazi wanuyu akunsamala nthawi yomweyi just one session amugulira kale phone, ya rent,ya food pompo mukuti mzimayi atani? Masewera mmapangawo kumaba osanganizira banja mwaonatu

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Bodza ili iyaaaa!!!!!!!

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