A Lilongwe based pastor, Andrew Kowedza, Thursday paid a K3, 000 fine, escaping a six month’s jail term for insulting President Joyce Banda.
The pastor of an undisclosed Pentecostal church in the Capital was brought before the Dedza First Grade Magistrate Court on Wednesday to answer a charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace following his outbursts against the President after he got angry with traffic police.
Dedza Police spokesperson Edward Kabango said the Pastor was travelling from Blantyre to Lilongwe in a Nissan saloon car registration number MH 3952 when traffic police at Chimbiya in Dedza fined the driver of the car K5, 000 for over-speeding.
“The driver paid the fine. However, before the car started off, Kowedza started making serious allegations against the Head of State. He claimed he knew that all spot fines being collected by traffic police officers are being used by the President to enrich herself,” Kabango said.
Kowedza was arrested and appeared before the court where he pleaded guilty.
“In mitigation, he asked the court for leniency saying he looks after his aged mother who is suffering from stroke and further said if he goes to jail then his evangelism ministry will die,” he said.
In his verdict, Magistrate Damiano Chibwana Banda said although Kowedza was a first time offender and admitted guilt in court; he still needed punishment to discipline him. He, therefore, fined him K3, 000 or in default should serve a six month jail term. The pastor paid the fine.
Recently, another man in Mzuzu was fined K15, 000 for also insulting the President after he got angry with immigration officials whom he accused of delaying to process his passport.
Kowedza, 36, comes from Ngwenya village Traditional Authority Kaphuka in the district.
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