By Yamikani Msukwa
The Thyolo First Grade Magistrate Court in southern Malawi has fined a 23 year-old woman, Nelia Mwanatitha for registering twice at Mgunda School registration centre.
The court convicted and fined Mwanatitha after hearing that she first registered at the school on August 28, 2013 as Ivy Luciano before going to the same centre on August 30 where she registered as Nelia Mwanatitha, her real name.
When she was about to get her certificate one of the monitors recognized her and alerted the police that she had already registered.
During interrogation Mwanatitha confessed that she was registering for the second time because she had lost her previous certificate.
She was later taken to court where she pleaded guilty and was fined K20,000 or serve six months imprisonment with hard labour in default. Mwanatitha has since paid the fine.
Multiple registration is a criminal offence and if found guilty one may be fined up to K500,000 or be sent to jail up to two years.
Meanwhile the fourth phase of registration has commenced in Zomba, Machinga and Balaka districts, Zomba City and also Phalombe North and Phalombe Central constituencies and will run from September 11 to 24, 2013.