BY: Vincent Gunde
Dowa Chief Resident Magistrate court has convicted and sentenced Wedson Mumba to 5 years Imprisonment with hard Labour( IHL) for beating and injuring a police officer during HRDC organised demonstrations at the capital hill in Lilongwe on 20th June, 2019.
The court heard that on that day, Regional Operations Officer of Central Region police headquarters, Denis Katuya, was beaten by the angry demonstrators when they were at the capital hill to deliver HRDC petition forcing Mec chairperson Justice Dr. Mrs. Jane Ansah to resign for mismanaging the 2019 tripartite elections.
Police launched investigations that led to the arrest of Wesson Mumba, a business man who ply in shoe selling at Tsoka market in Lilongwe old town.
Katuya was taken to Kamuzu central hospital where he was treated for his bruised eye and is still reporting to that health facility even though he is back to his work.
State prosecutor, Regional Prosecution Inspector, Patricio Phillimon, pleaded with the court to give the convict a stiff punishment to deter other would- be offenders from committing similar offences during demonstrations.
In mitigation, Mumba asked the court to give him a lenient sentence saying he is the bread winner in the family.
Passing judgement, Chief Resident Magistrate Cecilia Onsewa, concurred with the state prosecutor and sentenced Wedson Mumba to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour.
Immediately after Onsewa made her judgement, the convict’s wife broke into tears disrupting court business .
The convict, Wedson Mumba hails from Msamala village in the area of Traditional Authority Msamala in Balaka District