Chitipa Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Felix Mkisi, 44, to 10 years imprisonment for human trafficking.
Police arrested Mkisi at Iromba-Mbirima Roadblock in Chitipa after being tipped off by well-wishers that he was trafficking a 17 -year-old boy to Chunya in Tanzania to work in a tobacco field.
Mkisi pleaded guilty and asked for forgiveness.
But police prosecutor Evans Mtepuka said trafficking is a serious offence because it puts the welfare of a person at stake. He asked the court to give Mkisi a stiff punishment.
First grade magistrate Julius Kalambo agreed with Mtepuka.
“I sentence Mkisi to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour to serve as a lesson to would-be offenders,” he said.
Mkisi comes from Mwanakuyera Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambia in the district. n