Blind man arrested over chamba trafficking, found with 160kg of chamba
Police in Nkhotakota have arrested a 48 year old visually impaired man for trafficking chamba (indian hemp), an offence which attracts a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The suspect, Isaac Kachigamba was arrested at Kalimanjira Trading Centre on Thursday where police had mounted an adhoc roadblock.
Nkhotakota Police spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino said the man has since confessed that he has been trafficking Indian hemp for a long time.
At the time of his arrest, he had bought eight 20-kg pails of Indian hemp at K1,000 each and he was going to sell it at K12,000 each in Salima.
Kachigamba, who hails from S5 village in T/A Kalonga's area in Salima has 12 children from two wives whom he supports through this illicit trade.
He has since been charged with trafficking Indian Hemp.
In a related development 25-year-old Ibrahim Mike has also been arrested for being found in possession of chamba without a license.
The suspect skilfully concealed the loose Indian hemp with the fish usipa inside a large reed basket.
Both suspects, Mike and Kachigamba appeared before First Grade Magistrate Fred Juma Chilowetsa where they admitted the charges and their cases have been adjourned to September 14 for judgement.