Court Fines 2 Men For Selling Liquor Without License In Mzuzu


Mzuzu First Grade Magistrate’s Court has has fined two men with K50,000 each or serve 9 months imprisonment with hard labour for selling liquor without license, contrary to section 72(1)(a) of liquor Act.
The two have been identified as Zidane Mkandawire and Praise Chingondo.
Sub Inspector Sam Juzwell told the court that on August 22, 2023, the convicts  were found selling liquor without licence at Mzuzu main market.
The Court further learnt that on the stated date at around 10:00hrs, the Police made the arrest as well as recovery.
Appearing before court Mkandawire and Chingondo pleaded guilty.
In his submission, Police Prosecutor prayed for a stiffer punishment as such cases are now rampant in Mzuzu City and the liquor sold causes various body infections and to deter other would-be offenders.
In mitigation, the two asked the court for leniency stating that they are first offenders, and that the liquor business was supporting their respective families.
Passing the sentence, First Grade Magistrate George Makaika concurred with the state and fined Mkandawire and Chingondo with K50,000 or serve 9 months imprisonment with hard labour.
Zidane Mkandawire is 35 year old hails from Kanakulera, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi while Praise Chingondo is 36 comes from Thawathu, Traditional Authority Kauma in Dedza.
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