Protesters led by musician Fredokiss marched in Blantyre today demanding President Lazarus Chakwera to pardon Mussa John, a teenager who was sentenced to three years in prison for being found in possession of Chamba.
Mussa was initially sentenced to eight years for being found in possession of Chamba (indian hemp) but his sentence was later reduced to three years by the High Court.
He suggested that Mussa may have been unfairly treated because he is poor and did not have a lawyer when his case was heard at the magistrate’s court.
“Is poverty a crime? If you know you are poor and cannot afford a lawyer, let us march,” said Fredokiss.
Mussa’s mother thanked people for leaving their businesses and showing up to march for her son and she prayed for blessings for the protesters.
The protesters marched from the clock tower in Blantyre to the Blantyre District Council where they presented their petition.
Fredokiss said they want President Chakwera to show interest in Mussa’s case and pardon the 19-year-old boy.
In their partition, the protesters have given Chakwera 21 days to take action.