The Nkhata Bay First Grade Magistrate court on June 14, 2016 ordered nine Mozambican men who were arrested for illegal entry into Malawi to pay a fine of K25, 000. each or in default to serve six months Imprisonment with Hard Labour.
The court through police prosecutor Sergeant Keston Chiona heard that the nine Mozambicans entered into Malawi without having supporting documents.
Sergeant Chiona went further to tell the court that the nine men were aided into the country by Mr Jaja Kamanga 65yrs of Kang’oma village, in the area of Traditional Authority Mankhambira in Nkhata Bay disteict who was also arrested and was charged with the offence of Aiding illegal entry which is contray to section 31 sub section 1 of Immigration Act.
On 14th June 2016, when the nine suspects appeared before Nkhata Bay First Grade Magistrate court, they pleaded guilty to the charge and in their mitigations they pleaded with the court to forgive them since according to them they didnt know that moving from one country to another without relevant documents is an offence.
But the First Grade Magistrate, Billy Ngosi quashed the convict’s mitigation by saying that ignorance of the law is not a defence in a court of law. He later ordered them to pay a fine of K25, 000. or in default to spend the next six months in jail. The court has also ordered that the Mozambicans be handed over to Immigration Department for deportation once they either pay the fine or after serving their sentence.
Meanwhile, the court has also sentenced Mr Jaja Kamanga to serve a one year jail term without an option of a fine for aiding the nine Mozambican men to illegally enter Malawi.