The Ntchisi first grade Magistrate Court has convicted and given a 20 months suspended sentence to a 33-year old Chikumbutso Msandide for being found in possession of 36 National identity cards which were bearing particulars of different People who are AIP Beneficiaries.
On November 18 2020, the Court through Police Prosecutor Sergeant Virginia Kachepa, heard that the Convict was arrested on Wednesday November 18, at Ntchisi Trading Centre after the police got a tip from well wishes, that some scrupulous People were correcting National identity cards with the intention of conniving with Sales Officers in selling points to buy the cheap inputs in bulk.
The Court further heard that the Convict was also found with cash amounting to K324,000.00, which he allegedly wanted to use in purchasing the cheap inputs.
Appearing before the Court, the Convict pleaded gulty to the charge of being found in possession of National identity cards.
In his mitigation the Convict pleaded with the Court that he takes care of his Family.
In her submission the Prosecutor Prayed for a stiffer sentence to deter other would be Offenders, since these cases are on the rise as the Program of affordable inputs is under way Country wide.
Second grade Magistrate Fredrick Malovu, agreed with the state, and he sentenced the Convict to 8-months IHL but suspended it to 20-months so as to give a lesson to other might be Offenders.
The Magistrate also considered that the Convict was the first Offender.
The Convict Chikumbutso Msandide, comes from Chimwankhuku Village, Traditional Authority Kalumo in Ntchisi District.
Sub Inspector Richard Mwakayoka Kaponda, Ntchisi Police Public Relations Officer.