By Alfred Mthandizi
Malawi woman has been ordered to pay a K150,000 fine for aiding a suspect in fleeing the country. Machinga Police PRO Constable, Davie Sulumba has confirmed to our reporters that Rose Kwisongole aided the suspect who was out on bail to flee to South Africa. “Yes it’s true that Machinga First Grade Magistrate Court sitting at Liwonde Court on July 26,2017, fined Rose Kwisongole aged 42, to pay K150,000.00 for aiding a suspect to escape country according to section 117 of the penal code.” said Sulumba.
According to Sulumba, who is presenting facts in court, Prosecutor Sergeant Boyce Kawonga told the court that during early July 2017, the accused took the suspect known as Beston Chilima who was charged with Theft by Servant and was released on bail only to flee to South Africa. “She took him without the knowledge of the police or the court. When the police noticed this, the accused was arrested and brought before court.” said Sulumba.
Sulumba said the woman pleaded guilty to the offence and prosecutor Kawonga asked the court to impose a stiffer punishment to the convict because the two sureties of the suspect who is currently at large, suffered a lot by paying bond of K100,000.00 each.
In mitigation she prayed for fair punishment for she is a woman who take care of her children and she did it out of ignorance.
When passing judgement, Machinga First Grade Magistrate Jones Masula, concurred with the state and added that ignorance is not a defense in laws of Malawi Government, therefore fined her to K150,000.00 or a sentence of 12 months in jail with hard labor.
She comes from Nsamati village, traditional authority Kalembo in Balaka District.