By Mike Gwadani
Salima First Grade Magistrate court has convicted and sentenced a 24 year old Harlod Mganja, primary school teacher at Chikololele in Golomoti, Dedza for being found in possession of Indian hemp.
Salima Police Station Public Relations officer Jacob Khembo Confirmed the development.
State prosecutor, Superintendent Lloyd Magweje told the court that Harlod was on July 3, 2020 found with two bags of the drug both weighing 97.8 kgs, at Namachete trading centre along Nkhotakota Salima road while on his motorcycle.
“Appearing in court, Harlod pleaded guilty to the offence which is contrary to regulation 4(a) as read with section 19(1) of the Dangerous Drug Act and he was instantly convicted” said he.
Police publicist Khembo further says in submission, state prosecutor pleaded with court to pass a stiffer punishment considering that the convict is a teacher and was not expected to be in forefront breaking the law, by engaging himself dealing in dangerous drugs.
“Harlod pleaded for leniency on the ground that he has a responsibility over his family.
“Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Alex Kamtiki concurred with the state and informed the convict that he was supposed to think about his responsibility towards his family before indulging in unlawful business and then sentenced him to fifteen months imprisonment with hard labour” said Khembo.
Harlod comes from Rodrick village in the area of Traditional Authority Kachindamoto in Dedza district.