The Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Mzuzu on July 28, 2016 sentenced Pastor Charles Gonani, 35 of Kadewere village in the area of traditional authority Lundu in Blantyre to 3 years Iprisonment with Hard Labour for personating a police detective.
Charles Gonani is a pastor of Thamanda Pentecostal Church which congregates at Masasa location in the city. The pastor has been telling his church members that he is a police detective based at Mzuzu Police Station.
The court heard that, for the past two months in the city of Mzuzu the convicted pastor had been telling his wife and church members that he was a Police detective and in the process he obtained K25,000 from a man by fraud.
Appearing in court, the accused pleaded guilty to two charges of personating a person employed in the public service and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to sections 99(b) and 319(1) of the Penal Code respectively.
State Prosecutor Misheck Kalawa submitted that the conduct of the pastor should not be condoned at any cost.
“My worship, I plead with you to give the convict a stiffer punishment to deter the would be offenders”, said Kalawa.
In his mitigation, the convict asked the court to have mercy on him since he is the bread winner of his family.
Chief Resident Magistrate Texas Masoaphambe conquered with the State Prosecutor and sentenced him to 3 years Iprisonment with Hard Labour as a lesson to others of such behaviour.