The Mapuyu Second Grade Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe has sentenced Chikondi Chakweza to two years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing money amounting to K2.7 million cash from his long-time friend.

The court heard through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Steven Galeta that Chakweza stole the cash from Mayamiko Kazembe at a lodge in Mzuzu on 10 June 2021.

Kazembe wanted to buy a car in Karonga and asked Chakweza to accompany him to view the car.

“When they arrived in Mzuzu, the two spent a night in a lodge before proceeding to Karonga. In the morning, Chakweza excused himself to see a receptionist, vanishing with the cash in the process.

“This prompted the victim to report the issue to Namitete Police Post in Lilongwe, leading to Chakweza’s arrest,” said Galeta.

During trial, Chakweza pleaded guilty and asked the court to be fair with him on grounds that he was looking after two children with albinism.

However, Galeta asked for a stiffer sentence saying the money was not recovered.

In her sentence, second grade magistrate Lily Munyenyembe agreed with the state and slapped Chakweza with two years imprisonment with hard labour.

Chakweza, 43, comes from Nthondo Village Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe District.

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