Balaka registers 22% crime decrease in 2020

* 683 criminal cases recorded in 2020 compared to 872 in 2019 * Attributed to intensive day and night patrols, stiffer custodial sentences by the courts By Mary Makhiringa, MANA Balaka Police Station has disclosed that the district registered a 22% crime decrease in the just ended year compared to 2019. The police station’s Research and Planning Officer, Sub-Inspector Mercy Mkondiwa disclosed that 683 criminal cases were recorded in 2020 compared to 872 cases in 2019. Mkondiwa attributed the…

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Ndirande Malabada MP Mkumba joins march against sexual defilement

* ‘These acts are heinous and must be condemned in strongly terms’ * ‘Report any sort of violence against children and young women to the police’ * ‘Those who are caught must be given stiffer punishment in order to deter others’ By Duncan Mlanjira United Democrat Front (UDF) Member of Parliament for Ndirande Malabada, Ismail Rizzq Mkumba on Saturday joined the nationwide condemnation of the rising cases of sexual defilement by joining a demonstration march in his constituency. Mkumba…

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South Africa serves Malawi with Bushiri’s extradition request

By Duncan Mlanjira South Africa’s Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services has served Malawi’s Ministry Justice with the extradition request for Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary in terms of Article 6 of the SADC Protocol on extradition as well Article 10 of the Extradition Agreement between the two countries. The Extradition Agreement between the two countries were entered into in terms of South Africa’s Extradition Act No 67 of 1962 as amended. “As previously indicated, the law provides…

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Warning on stiffer punishments to be meted our for sexual abuse offenders falling on deaf ears

* Defilement cases continue to rise * Three offenders arrested in past 24hrs * Bicycle taxi operator arrested in Nkhotakota for raping an 18-year-old girl * Evance Banda arrested for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl * 56-year-old health care worker at Dedza Hospital, arrested for for touching breasts of a 16-year-old school girl patient. * Chakwera says government has instituted a task force to look into such cases * Activists propose special court hearing division to speed up cases…

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We will not use common sense but the law—Kazako

*As the Bushiris present themselves to the police *Warrant of arrest issued by Interpol Pretoria By Duncan Mlanjira Information Minister Gospel Kazako has told South African media that the country’s well knit legal system will follow the law and not common sense in dealing with the case of Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, who handed themselves over to the police on Wednesday morning. In a virtual interview with eNCA TV, Kazako confirmed that the two are expected to appear…

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Bushiri stands to lose millions of rand, aircraft, property

Metro News Shepherd and Mary Bushiri, who have already lost their combined R400,000 bail money, face the prospects of forfeiting their R5.5 million property at Midstream Estate and may also lose their luxury jet. The aircraft was preserved last year as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) claimed it was bought with the proceeds of crime. While Bushiri fought tooth and nail to get his plane back, the NPA at the time said that it had enough facts to believe…

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Man sentenced 58 years imprisonment for defilement of three girls; one involving a 3-year-old

By Duncan Mlanjira As calls for stiffer punishment mount for the authorities to act on the increase of rape and defilement cases in the country, the High Court sitting in Mzuzu has sentenced 37-year-old Thomas Chavula to 58 years imprisonment with hard labour on three counts of defilement — one involving a three-year-old girl. The sentence for the first count is 24 years; the second is 18 years and the third 16 years and taking cognizance that to allow…

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Bushiri’s escape from SA sparks mixed opinions on social media

  * It has embarrassed both Malawi and South Africa * This episode puts Malawi on a list of pariah states * A man got to do what is got to do * He now faces a credibility deficit — that’s the challenge to his allegations * Malawians living in SA will suffer incalculable prejudice By Duncan Mlanjira Shepherd Bushiri’s escape from justice in his host country has sparked hot mixed debate on social media with Malawian law Professor…

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Arguments on extradition: South is responsible for Bushiri’s whereabouts, not Malawi

  * It’s a total long journey that will take one year to get * Malawi to rely on information provided by SA—Kazako By Duncan Mlanjira On legal formal technicalities, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary are in South Africa and not in Malawi, contends Sea Breeze News, a computer and Internet website. It continues to say that many people think that it’s very easy to get the Bushiris extradited back from Malawi to South Africa to face…

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Zomba Mental Hospital certifies NO evidence of any psychiatric disorder on Chisale

By Duncan Mlanjira Psychiatrist Dr. Olive Liwimbi, who is head of clinical department at Zomba Mental Hospital, has certified that murder and corruption suspect Norman Chisale has no evidence of any psychiatric disorder. The former director of security services for former State President, Peter Mutharika was referred to Zomba Mental Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation under order from the High Court of Malawi, Criminal Division, Homicide Bail Application Number 130 of 2020, in the matter of Section 42 (2)…

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