The Limbe Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court has ordered a 38-year-old woman, Mercy Majawa to pay a fine of K200,000 or in default serve a two months’ jail term for her involvement in the sharing of an explicit video clip of a fellow woman on social media.
Limbe Police Public Relations Officer, Aubrey Singanyama said the Majawa was apprehended on May 7, 2023 around Khama Trading Centre in Machinjiri Township following a complaint lodged at Khama Police Unit.
“Detectives swiftly acted upon the complaint, which alleged that Majawa had shared a nude video clip of a local business woman from the same area. The court heard through state prosecutor Inspector Grace Kanjiwa that the convict distributed the explicit video clip on church and school WhatsApp groups,” said Singanyama.
Singanyama added that during her appearance in court, Majawa pleaded not guilty and denied any wrong-doing which forced the state to parade two witnesses.
He said: “In her mitigation, Majawa asked for a lenient sentence, saying she is the first offender and that she takes care of nine orphans.”
However, in her submission, Kanjiwa, prayed for a meaningful sentence to deter would-be offenders, arguing that the offense committed was demeaning to women and that the convict’s action did not tally with her age.
Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Sajida Maiden ordered Majawa to pay a fine of K200, 000, or in default serve a two-months term in imprisonment with hard labour.
Majawa who has since paid the fine hails from Magombo Village in the area of Traditional Authority Machinjiri in Blantyre District.