Kasungu First Grade Magistrate Court on Thursday, September 29, 2016 convicted and sentenced Chavwala Mphamba, 69 to 15 months imprisonment for assaulting John Katcheni, 47 over a chieftaincy wrangle.
The incident occurred on August 15, 2016 in Kasalika village in the district.
According to the Police, the convict and the complainant are relatives and they have been in the wrangle for chieftaincy for a long period of time. It is alleged that, the right person for the chieftaincy is the complainant but the convict has been claiming to be the right person to take over the chieftaincy.
“On the material day and time, the convict who was in company with some friends and in Gulewankulu regalia invaded Katcheni’s house and started beating him to the extent of breaking the his leg. Katcheni in the course of trying to defend himself managed to remove the mask the convict had used to cover his face and identified him”, said Harry Namwaza, the district’s deputy police spokesperson.
Mphamba was apprehended by community members who had come to rescue the complainant after hearing the loud cries shouting for help. As the convict was taken for questioning, he slipped and run away. On 25 August, Mphamba was arrested by police and taken before court.
In court, Mphamba pleaded not guilty to the charge. In order to prove Mphamba’s case beyond reasonable doubt, the State paraded three witnesses whose evidence proved the case against Mphamba.
After judgement, the State through Prosecutor Sergeant Thokozani Juziwel of Kasungu Police Station appealed for a stiff sentence on Mphamba describing his behaviour as dangerous to the society.
Juziwel argued that, by hiding his face in a Gulewankulu regalia to attack another person really showed the wickedness of Mphamba’s behaviour on the complainant’s life. Juziwel further told the court that to teach other would be offenders a lesson, Mphamba ought to be slapped with a stiff sentence.
Before giving the sentence, Kasungu First Grade Magistrate, His Worship Damiano Banda concurred with the state and described Mphamba’s behaviour as really dangerous which the society ought to be protected from. Banda then sentenced Mphamba to serve a 15 months jail term with hard labour.
Chavwala Mphamba comes from Kasalika village under Traditional Authority Kaomba in Kasungu district.