By Emma Zawanda
The Lilongwe senior resident magistrate court on Tuesday, fined 15 bar owners to pay K20,000 each or in default serve 1 month imprisonment with hard labour for contravening Covid-19 regulations.
The court heard that the convicts on 16 January 2021 were found operating night clubs beyond the time limit set by Presidential Task Force on covid-19.
Appearing in court, the 15 night club owners pleaded guilty to the charge of contravening covid-19 regulations.
In submission, the state prosecutors asked the court to pass a stiffer punishment to them as a warning to other would-be offenders.
In her ruling, senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona Chirwa fined each of them K20,OOO or in default serve One month imprisonment with hard labour.
The convicts have since paid the fines.