A Zambia High Court has convicted two Malawians, Chancy Mtambalika and Thomas Makina to death by hanging after being found guilty of murder and aggravated robbery, it has been unveiled.
The Chipata High Court heard that on December 15, 2012 in Lundazi District the two, whilst armed with a gun, jointly stole a Toyota Corolla vehicle, Registration number ALF 7106, valued at ZK 27, 000, 000-00 belonging to Derrick Simasiku Ling’umbwa.
High Court Judge Dominic Sichinga said he had convicted the two upon carefully considering the testimonies of witnesses who he observed were steadfast in their testimony and that their evidence remained unchallenged.
It was observed that first State witness Billy Mawelela properly identified both convicts during identification parade at the Lundazi police, and that Mtambalika’s testimony that he bought the vehicle from Mawelela was not true.
Justice Sichinga said that the Court was convinced that the two acted together in killing Ling’umbwa and stealing the vehicle and sentenced them to death until pronounced dead, asking God to bless their souls.
In Malawi, businessman Mtambalika comes from traditional authority M’mbelwa in Mzimba, the Northern region while Makina, a carpenter, is from traditional authority Chikowi in Malawi’s old capital city, Zomba.
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